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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SEATTLE 27 25 13 27 92 NEW YORK 31 28 21 21 101 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: SEA - RASHARD LEWIS 20, GARY PAYTON 19, RUBEN PATTERSON 14 NYK - ALLAN HOUSTON 24, MARCUS CAMBY 21, LATRELL SPREWELL 21

HIGH REBOUND: SEA - RASHARD LEWIS 9, JELANI MCCOY 9 NYK - MARCUS CAMBY 17, MARK JACKSON 11

HIGH ASSISTS: SEA - GARY PAYTON 5, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4 NYK - MARK JACKSON 12, LATRELL SPREWELL 6

ATT: 19,763


Extended Box

SEATTLE (92) AT NEW YORK (101)

SEATTLE REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

BAKER F 30 4-13 4-7 3 5 8 0 2 0 2 12 LEWIS F 31 4-11 8-8 3 6 9 3 4 1 1 20 EWING C 32 6-14 0-0 4 1 5 0 3 0 3 12 PAYTON G 44 8-20 0-2 0 3 3 5 1 2 1 19 S WILLIAMS G 31 1-7 4-4 2 2 4 4 3 3 1 7 PATTERSON 29 4-10 6-7 2 0 2 4 2 1 0 14 MASON 30 2-5 1-2 1 2 3 1 3 4 0 6 MCCOY 13 1-2 0-0 1 8 9 0 3 2 0 2 B BARRY DNP - LEFT GROIN STRAIN DAVIS DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE OYEDEJI DNP - COACH'S DECISION WOLKOWYSKI DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-82 23-30 16 27 43 17 21 13 8 92 (.366) (.767) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 9(15 PTS)

NEW YORK REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

L JOHNSON F 15 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 5 0 0 0 SPREWELL F 42 6-15 8-8 0 2 2 6 1 0 2 21 CAMBY C 39 10-13 1-2 2 15 17 3 3 0 1 21 HOUSTON G 39 11-16 0-0 0 4 4 3 3 0 5 24 JACKSON G 37 3-7 1-2 2 9 11 12 4 0 3 9 THOMAS 31 2-6 0-0 4 3 7 3 4 0 0 4 RICE 28 7-14 4-5 0 2 2 1 2 0 0 20 WARD 9 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 4 2 BRUNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION HARRINGTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION LONGLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION POSTELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 40-74 14-17 8 36 44 30 23 0 15 101 (.541) (.824) TEAM REBS: 3 TOTAL TO: 15(21 PTS)

SEATTLE 27 25 13 27 - 92 NEW YORK 31 28 21 21 - 101

BLOCKED SHOTS: SEATTLE - LEWIS, BAKER, EWING. NEW YORK - CAMBY 5, THOMAS 2, HOUSTON, SPREWELL. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SEATTLE 9-19 (.474), LEWIS 4-6, PAYTON 3-7, S WILLIAMS 1-3, PATTERSON 0-1, MASON 1-2. NEW YORK 7-11 (.636), SPREWELL 1-2, HOUSTON 2-2, JACKSON 2-3, RICE 2-4. TECHNICALS: SEATTLE - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, TOM WASHINGTON, RODNEY MOTT. A - 19,763. T - 2:17.


Box Score

SEATTLE (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Baker 30 4-13 4-7 3-8 0 2 12 Lewis 31 4-11 8-8 3-9 3 4 20 Ewing 32 6-14 0-0 4-5 0 3 12 Payton 44 8-20 0-2 0-3 5 1 19 S Williams 31 1-7 4-4 2-4 4 3 7 Patterson 29 4-10 6-7 2-2 4 2 14 Mason 30 2-5 1-2 1-3 1 3 6 Mccoy 13 1-2 0-0 1-9 0 3 2 B Barry DNP - left groin strain Davis DNP - sprained left ankle Oyedeji DNP - coach's decision Wolkowyski DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-82 23-30 16-43 17 21 92 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.366, FT-.767. 3-Point Goals: 9-19, .474 (Lewis 4-6, Payton 3-7, S Williams 1-3, Patterson 0-1, Mason 1-2). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 3 (Lewis, Baker, Ewing). Turnovers: 9 (Ewing 3, Baker 2, Lewis, Payton, S Williams). Steals: 13 (Mason 4, S Williams 3, Mccoy 2, Payton 2, Lewis, Patterson).

NEW YORK (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 15 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 5 0 Sprewell 42 6-15 8-8 0-2 6 1 21 Camby 39 10-13 1-2 2-17 3 3 21 Houston 39 11-16 0-0 0-4 3 3 24 Jackson 37 3-7 1-2 2-11 12 4 9 Thomas 31 2-6 0-0 4-7 3 4 4 Rice 28 7-14 4-5 0-2 1 2 20 Ward 9 1-3 0-0 0-1 1 1 2 Brunson DNP - coach's decision Harrington DNP - coach's decision Longley DNP - coach's decision Postell DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-74 14-17 8-44 30 23 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.541, FT-.824. 3-Point Goals: 7-11, .636 (Sprewell 1-2, Houston 2-2, Jackson 2-3, Rice 2-4). Team rebounds: 3. Blocked shots: 9 (Camby 5, Thomas 2, Houston, Sprewell). Turnovers: 15 (Houston 5, Ward 4, Jackson 3, Sprewell 2, Camby). Steals: None. ____________________________________________ Seattle 27 25 13 27 - 92 New York 31 28 21 21 - 101 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Seattle 1 (Illegal Defense, 8:07 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:17. Officials: Dick Bavetta, Tom Washington, Rodney Mott.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- On the night Patrick Ewing received a hero's welcome in his return to Madison Square Garden, the New York Knicks showed they were better without him. So did the Seattle SuperSonics.

Ewing was outplayed by Marcus Camby and the slumping SuperSonics suffered a 101-92 loss to the Knicks, who used the balanced attack they never had with their former superstar center.

Ewing rode the emotion of an ovation of well over two minutes to a quick start, scoring eight of his 12 points in the first quarter. But the 38-year-old was not a factor thereafter and had trouble with Camby, who replaced him in the middle.

Camby had 21 points, 17 rebounds and five blocks. It was the kind of game Ewing -- the Knicks' all-time leader in games, points, rebounds and blocks -- used to give the sellout crowds at the Garden on a nightly basis but was unable to in this one, having played 38 minutes on Monday in Boston.

"Marcus played the way Marcus is capable of playing," said Ewing, who made 6-of-14 shots and had one defensive rebound in 32 minutes. "He used his quickness. He was fantastic."

"Last night he played a lot of minutes," said Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy, perhaps Ewing's biggest supporter. "You can't expect a guy that age to be highly energetic."

Ewing's deliberate style also dragged down his team, which fell to 1-5 since the All-Star break. Through three quarters, the Sonics were outscored by 23 points with their 7-footer on the floor and clearly were better with their younger, more athletic players.

"We don't get a lot of transition baskets (with Ewing on the floor)," Sonics coach Nate McMillan said. "We have to play more half-court. Things don't come to us as easy. The smaller lineup was playing better."

"It depends on what type of team we play against," added Seattle forward Rashard Lewis, who led a fourth-quarter rally that came up short. "Whenever teams go quick and small, we go quick and small."

During the majority of Ewing's 15 years with the Knicks, he was a one-man team. But when management added players such as Camby, Allan Houston and Latrell Sprewell, he was reluctant to relinquish his role as the top offensive option, even as he got on in years.

The Knicks don't have a dominant center, but they don't have that problem anymore, either. Houston scored 24 points, Sprewell added 21 and Glen Rice -- the primary player acquired in the huge deal that sent Ewing to Seattle -- had 11 of his 20 in the fourth quarter.

"It was not tough at all for us to focus," Rice said. "We did not want this game to get the best of us because the emotions were flying high. We tried to come out here as quick as possible and take care of business."

Before the Knicks could do that, there was the small issue of a pregame tribute to Ewing. This date had been circled on the calendar since September 20, when Ewing's 15-year reign in New York came to an end as he was sent to Seattle in a four-team, 14-player deal.

"We had a love-hate relationship throughout the years, but I thought they were appreciative of what I brought to the table every night," Ewing said. "I thought they did a great job of showing me their appreciation."

The crowd chanted "Pat-rick Ew-ing!" as it stood and cheered through a one-minute video tribute that featured highlights of Ewing's first NBA points -- a follow dunk against Philadelphia -- and big playoff baskets against Indiana in 1994 and Miami last year.

The ovation continued for another 80 seconds as Ewing stood and waved to the fans several times. A sheepish grin broke across his face, but he did not cry.

"It wasn't that strange tonight," said Ewing, who had 10 points and nine rebounds in a 96-75 win over his former team in Seattle on November 14. "If it was earlier in the season, it would have been strange. I was like, `Dang, let's get the game started before the tears come out.'"

"He deserves it," said Knicks guard Mark Jackson, a teammate of Ewing's from 1987-92 who recently was re-acquired. "There have been some great moments. You can bottle that. That was special. I was honored to be here."

Ewing's first basket came 34 seconds into the game as he flipped a baseline finger roll over Camby. He added three more baskets before taking a seat with 1:44 left in the first quarter.

"I think the crowd should be blamed for his eight quick points," joked Jackson. "You can pick anybody out of the stands and if they got that type of ovation they would have lit us up early, too."

But while Ewing was surging, his team was struggling. The Sonics were in a 29-23 hole when Ewing departed and led 47-42 when he returned with 4:55 left in the second quarter, only to fall apart again.

Seattle still held a 51-45 lead after two foul shots by Ruben Patterson with 3:04 remaining before Sprewell and Houston each scored five points in a 14-1 burst that ended the half and gave New York a 59-52 lead. In the first half, the Sonics were outscored by 18 points with Ewing on the floor.

In the third quarter, Ewing struggled along with his team. He was outscored 9-0 by Camby, who had 20 points and 17 rebounds against him in November. The Sonics made just 4-of-25 shots and trailed 80-65 entering the final period.

"I just try to get better each game and play hard," said Camby, who made 10-of-13 shots. "I don't try to get caught up in the individual battle but try to set the tone and have the team feed off my energy."

"(Camby) is doing an excellent job," Sprewell said. "Marcus, all year long, has been solid for us and giving us something every night out. We want him to continue the way he is playing."

The Sonics again surged without Ewing, creeping within 82-73 early in the fourth quarter. Ewing returned with 7:15 to play and Lewis got hot, scoring 13 points in 3 1/2 minutes. His third 3-pointer of the period cut the deficit to 90-88 with 3:48 to go.

Sprewell answered with a 15-footer from the right corner over a charging Ewing and Camby flashed down the lane for a dunk and a 94-88 lead with 2:44 left. Gary Payton scored inside, but Rice drilled a 3-pointer with 1:14 remaining and added a dunk with 20 seconds to go.

Ewing received a final cheer for a jumper with 12 seconds left.

"I wanted to win," he said. "I wanted to come out and play well and get the team a win. I take my hats off to the guys in the other locker room. They came out and got the job done when it counted."

In his third game since his return, Jackson nearly had a triple-double with nine points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists. The Knicks shot 54 percent (40-of-74), including 7-of-11 from the arc.

Lewis scored 20 points and Payton added 19 for the Sonics, who shot under 37 percent (30-of-82) but stayed in it by committing just nine turnovers and making 23-of-30 free throws.

Seattle (29-29) dropped to .500 for the first time since January 19.

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