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NBA FINAL IN OT 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH OT TOTAL --- --- --- --- --- ----- MIAMI 24 25 19 20 10 98 SEATTLE 16 26 27 19 6 94 FINAL IN 1ST OT

HIGH SCORERS: MIA - ALONZO MOURNING 21, EDDIE JONES 17, TWO PLAYERS WITH 15 SEA - GARY PAYTON 25, RASHARD LEWIS 22, BRENT BARRY 18

HIGH REBOUND: MIA - ALONZO MOURNING 12, BRIAN GRANT 10 SEA - RASHARD LEWIS 11, GARY PAYTON 9

HIGH ASSISTS: MIA - THREE PLAYERS WITH 4 SEA - GARY PAYTON 11, BRENT BARRY 6

ATT: 13,645


Extended Box

MIAMI (98) AT SEATTLE (94) - FINAL IN OT

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

ELLIS F 34 4-10 0-2 2 3 5 0 6 0 2 8 GRANT F 30 5-9 5-7 3 7 10 1 2 0 1 15 MOURNING C 42 7-9 7-11 3 9 12 4 4 1 2 21 CARTER G 35 3-9 1-2 0 2 2 2 4 2 2 7 JONES G 45 4-14 7-8 0 9 9 4 2 0 1 17 STRICKLAND 29 5-9 5-6 0 2 2 3 0 1 2 15 GATLING 14 2-3 3-6 0 3 3 1 2 0 0 7 JACKSON 36 4-10 0-0 0 4 4 4 4 2 4 8 HOUSE DNP - COACH'S DECISION MACK DNP - COACH'S DECISION MARKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION STEPANIA DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 34-73 28-42 8 39 47 19 24 6 14 98 (.466) (.667) TEAM REBS: 18 TOTAL TO: 16(15 PTS)

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

BAKER F 24 2-7 1-4 0 2 2 1 6 0 0 5 LEWIS F 47 9-18 2-5 5 6 11 0 5 2 2 22 BOOTH C 8 1-5 0-0 0 2 2 0 3 0 0 2 B BARRY G 46 3-9 9-10 4 2 6 6 5 2 2 18 PAYTON G 47 11-28 2-2 2 7 9 11 1 0 1 25 LONG 12 0-1 1-2 2 1 3 2 5 0 1 1 RADMANOVIC 31 3-11 5-6 1 5 6 1 1 0 1 12 WATSON 23 2-2 0-0 0 1 1 3 2 0 1 4 DROBNJAK 5 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 2 S WILLIAMS 9 1-6 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 3 OYEDEJI 13 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 0 2 0 0 0

TOTALS 265 33-90 20-29 16 29 45 25 30 5 9 94 (.367) (.690) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 11(12 PTS)

MIAMI 24 25 19 20 10 - 98 SEATTLE 16 26 27 19 6 - 94

BLOCKED SHOTS: MIAMI - MOURNING 5, ELLIS 3, JONES. SEATTLE - RADMANOVIC 4, LEWIS 2, BAKER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MIAMI 2-12 (.167), ELLIS 0-2, GRANT 0-1, CARTER 0-2, JONES 2-7. SEATTLE 8-24 (.333), LEWIS 2-6, B BARRY 3-5, PAYTON 1-6, RADMANOVIC 1-5, S WILLIAMS 1-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DERRICK STAFFORD, MIKE SMITH, SCOTT FOSTER. A - 13,645. T - 2:42.


Box Score

MIAMI (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Ellis 34 4-10 0-2 2-5 0 6 8 Grant 30 5-9 5-7 3-10 1 2 15 Mourning 42 7-9 7-11 3-12 4 4 21 Carter 35 3-9 1-2 0-2 2 4 7 Jones 45 4-14 7-8 0-9 4 2 17 Strickland 29 5-9 5-6 0-2 3 0 15 Gatling 14 2-3 3-6 0-3 1 2 7 Jackson 36 4-10 0-0 0-4 4 4 8 House DNP - coach's decision Mack DNP - coach's decision Marks DNP - coach's decision Stepania DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 34-73 28-42 8-47 19 24 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.466, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 2-12, .167 (Ellis 0-2, Grant 0-1, Carter 0-2, Jones 2-7). Team rebounds: 18. Blocked shots: 9 (Mourning 5, Ellis 3, Jones). Turnovers: 16 (Jackson 4, Carter 2, Ellis 2, Mourning 2, Strickland 2, Grant, Jones). Steals: 6 (Carter 2, Jackson 2, Mourning, Strickland).

SEATTLE (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Baker 24 2-7 1-4 0-2 1 6 5 Lewis 47 9-18 2-5 5-11 0 5 22 Booth 8 1-5 0-0 0-2 0 3 2 B Barry 46 3-9 9-10 4-6 6 5 18 Payton 47 11-28 2-2 2-9 11 1 25 Long 12 0-1 1-2 2-3 2 5 1 Radmanovic 31 3-11 5-6 1-6 1 1 12 Watson 23 2-2 0-0 0-1 3 2 4 Drobnjak 5 1-3 0-0 0-1 1 0 2 S Williams 9 1-6 0-0 1-1 0 0 3 Oyedeji 13 0-0 0-0 1-3 0 2 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 33-90 20-29 16-45 25 30 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.367, FT-.690. 3-Point Goals: 8-24, .333 (Lewis 2-6, B Barry 3-5, Payton 1-6, Radmanovic 1-5, S Williams 1-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 7 (Radmanovic 4, Lewis 2, Baker). Turnovers: 11 (B Barry 2, Lewis 2, Long, Payton, Radmanovic, S Williams, Watson). Steals: 5 (B Barry 2, Lewis 2, S Williams). _________________________________________________ Miami 24 25 19 20 10 - 98 Seattle 16 26 27 19 6 - 94 _________________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 13,645. T: 2:42. Officials: Derrick Stafford, Mike Smith, Scott Foster.


Game Story

SEATTLE (Ticker) -- It took a month, another game vs. the Seattle SuperSonics, late-game heroics and overtime, but the Miami Heat finally won a game.

Brian Grant scored four points in the extra session and helped hold Seattle scoreless for nearly four minutes as the Heat edged the SuperSonics, 98-94, to snap a 12-game losing streak.

The win was Miami's first since an 87-85 overtime victory over Seattle on November 6. It also was the Heat's first win ever after 13 straight losses in the Emerald City.

Miami's losing streak was its longest since a 13-game skid from December 19, 1989-January 13, 1990 and the longest in coach Pat Riley's illustrious career.

"We are very fortunate to be able to get off the schneid," Riley said. "Our execution in the last four minutes was lacking. We were forcing things in a desperate (manner) and that's what has gotten us in trouble and it just (about) got us beat tonight."

The Heat scored the first six points of overtime on baskets by Eddie Jones, Grant and Alonzo Mourning. Seattle finally got on the board with 1:23 left on Brent Barry's free throws, but Grant hit two from the line with 25 seconds left and the Sonics got no closer than three thereafter.

Jimmy Jackson sent the game to overtime with a jumper from the left elbow just before the buzzer. Jackson missed a potential tying shot in Tuesday's loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.

"This one, I didn't think about it," Jackson said. "I saw the clock was running down. I thought I could get it up over Gary (Payton), who is shorter than me. I think it gave us more confidence going into overtime that we could win this game."

"Jimmy Jackson just got lucky on what was in effect an individual play and we get a win," Riley said. "We kept making the same mistakes that we have been making down the stretch. We'll take it but we can't be satisfied with our end-of-game execution."

LaPhonso Ellis had a layup to give Miami an 86-83 lead with 1:23 left in the fourth quarter. Seattle scored the next five points on two free throws by rookie Vladimir Radmanovic, a jump shot by Gary Payton and 1-of-2 free throws by Rashard Lewis with nine seconds left.

Mourning, who did not play in the Heat's previous game against Seattle, finished with 21 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks. Jones, who sat out Tuesday's loss, added 17 and nine.

"I've played a lot of last-place teams and last-place teams get blown out," Mourning said. "We haven't been getting blown out. All of our games are close, I don't care who the competition is. Usually when you are a last-place team, you get your (rear end) kicked."

Grant collected 15 points and 10 rebounds and Rod Strickland tallied a season-high 15 points for Miami (3-14).

Payton finished with 25 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds. Lewis added 22 points and 11 rebounds for Seattle (9-13), which lost its third in a row.

"Guys' legs were tired after playing a lot of minutes and we didn't have a lot of lift on our legs, and so a lot of our shots were falling short and they were pounding us in the paint," Lewis said.

Brent Barry added 18 points for Seattle, including 3-of-5 from the arc.

"We had good shots, but I think really all game long we didn't shoot the ball particularly well," Barry said. "We played real scrappy and stayed in the game, but definitely making those first few baskets in overtime gave them some confidence anfter Jimmy Jackson hit that shot, and they were able to steal a game."

Sonics forward Vin Baker fouled out with 2:51 remaining in regulation. He finished with only five points on 2-of-7 shooting and two rebounds.

"It was a chess match with our bigs getting in foul trouble early and basically throughout the game, and just having to counter with small lineups," Seattle coach Nate McMillan said. "We were just trying to mix and match and, you know, put someone who can defend their bigger players Mourning and Grant and Ellis, and I thought (we) scrapped."

Barry hit a 3-pointer just before the third-quarter buzzer to give Seattle its first lead, 69-68. Mourning and Jones, who combined for 29 first-half points, scored only two in the third.

Mourning had 15 points, six rebounds and three blocks in the first half to stake Miami to a 49-42 edge. The Heat led by as much as 44-31 with 4:57 to go, but Payton and Shammond Williams each hit 3-pointers to close the gap to seven by halftime.

Miami held Seattle to just 37 percent (33-of-90) from the floor. The Heat shot 47 percent (34-of-73) but made only 2-of-12 from the arc.

"You can only look at this as a start and we can build from it," Mourning said. "Things could have easily went the other way. Fortunately things we our way on the offensive side and we were able to make some defensive plays. We gave them a lot of opportunities but the bottom line is we got the `W.' We can just take this and build from it."

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