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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- ATLANTA 26 23 31 16 96 SEATTLE 21 25 30 23 99 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: ATL - JASON TERRY 32, SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 25, DERMARR JOHNSON 13 SEA - GARY PAYTON 21, BRENT BARRY 17, DESMOND MASON 17

HIGH REBOUND: ATL - SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 16, IRA NEWBLE 6 SEA - JEROME JAMES 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6

HIGH ASSISTS: ATL - JASON TERRY 8, JACQUE VAUGHN 5 SEA - GARY PAYTON 8, BRENT BARRY 3

ATT: 14,619


Extended Box

ATLANTA (96) AT SEATTLE (99)

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

ABDUR-RAHIM F 44 8-17 8-9 5 11 16 4 2 2 7 25 NEWBLE F 31 3-4 0-0 0 6 6 0 3 1 0 6 MOHAMMED C 17 1-4 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 2 D JOHNSON G 29 4-9 4-4 0 4 4 0 5 2 0 13 TERRY G 46 12-25 6-6 3 1 4 8 0 1 3 32 VAUGHN 27 2-8 3-4 0 5 5 5 5 0 2 7 HENDERSON 27 2-4 2-4 2 2 4 0 4 1 2 6 GLOVER 11 1-2 0-1 1 2 3 1 2 0 1 2 MOTTOLA 8 1-4 1-1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 C BOWDLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION STRICKLAND DNP - COACH'S DECISION KUKOC DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-77 24-29 13 32 45 18 22 7 15 96 (.442) (.828) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 15(20 PTS)

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

LEWIS F 40 5-13 1-2 1 5 6 1 1 2 0 13 RADMANOVIC F 29 2-6 3-5 0 3 3 1 3 2 1 9 JAMES C 22 4-6 1-2 4 3 7 0 4 1 2 9 B BARRY G 36 6-9 1-1 2 4 6 3 2 2 2 17 PAYTON G 40 7-19 7-10 2 3 5 8 1 2 0 21 DROBNJAK 12 1-6 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 2 WATSON 8 0-2 0-0 2 0 2 2 2 0 2 0 MASON 28 5-10 5-6 1 4 5 1 5 1 0 17 LONG 14 2-2 1-2 1 2 3 2 1 1 1 5 S WILLIAMS 11 3-6 0-0 0 4 4 1 0 0 3 6 OYEDEJI DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-79 19-28 14 28 42 19 20 11 12 99 (.443) (.679) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 12(16 PTS)

ATLANTA 26 23 31 16 - 96 SEATTLE 21 25 30 23 - 99

BLOCKED SHOTS: ATLANTA - MOHAMMED 2, NEWBLE, D JOHNSON, MOTTOLA. SEATTLE - B BARRY, RADMANOVIC, MASON, JAMES. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: ATLANTA 4-18 (.222), ABDUR-RAHIM 1-2, D JOHNSON 1-5, TERRY 2-10, VAUGHN 0-1. SEATTLE 10-24 (.417), LEWIS 2-5, RADMANOVIC 2-4, B BARRY 4-5, PAYTON 0-4, MASON 2-4, S WILLIAMS 0-2. TECHNICALS: ATLANTA - DEFENSIVE THREE. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, JIM CAPERS, DEE KANTNER. A - 14,619. T - 2:18.


Box Score

ATLANTA (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Abdur-rahim 44 8-17 8-9 5-16 4 2 25 Newble 31 3-4 0-0 0-6 0 3 6 Mohammed 17 1-4 0-0 1-2 0 1 2 D Johnson 29 4-9 4-4 0-4 0 5 13 Terry 46 12-25 6-6 3-4 8 0 32 Vaughn 27 2-8 3-4 0-5 5 5 7 Henderson 27 2-4 2-4 2-4 0 4 6 Glover 11 1-2 0-1 1-3 1 2 2 Mottola 8 1-4 1-1 1-1 0 0 3 C Bowdler DNP - coach's decision Strickland DNP - coach's decision Kukoc DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-77 24-29 13-45 18 22 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.442, FT-.828. 3-Point Goals: 4-18, .222 (Abdur-rahim 1-2, D Johnson 1-5, Terry 2-10, Vaughn 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 5 (Mohammed 2, Newble, D Johnson, Mottola). Turnovers: 15 (Abdur-rahim 7, Terry 3, Henderson 2, Vaughn 2, Glover). Steals: 7 (Abdur-rahim 2, D Johnson 2, Henderson, Newble, Terry).

SEATTLE (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Lewis 40 5-13 1-2 1-6 1 1 13 Radmanovic 29 2-6 3-5 0-3 1 3 9 James 22 4-6 1-2 4-7 0 4 9 B Barry 36 6-9 1-1 2-6 3 2 17 Payton 40 7-19 7-10 2-5 8 1 21 Drobnjak 12 1-6 0-0 1-1 0 1 2 Watson 8 0-2 0-0 2-2 2 2 0 Mason 28 5-10 5-6 1-5 1 5 17 Long 14 2-2 1-2 1-3 2 1 5 S Williams 11 3-6 0-0 0-4 1 0 6 Oyedeji DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-79 19-28 14-42 19 20 99 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.443, FT-.679. 3-Point Goals: 10-24, .417 (Lewis 2-5, Radmanovic 2-4, B Barry 4-5, Payton 0-4, Mason 2-4, S Williams 0-2). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 4 (B Barry, Radmanovic, Mason, James). Turnovers: 12 (S Williams 3, B Barry 2, James 2, Watson 2, Drobnjak, Long, Radmanovic). Steals: 11 (B Barry 2, Lewis 2, Payton 2, Radmanovic 2, James, Long, Mason). ____________________________________________ Atlanta 26 23 31 16 - 96 Seattle 21 25 30 23 - 99 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Atlanta 1 (Defensive Three, 7:31 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,619. T: 2:18. Officials: Dick Bavetta, Jim Capers, Dee Kantner.


Game Story

SEATTLE (Ticker) -- In the end, the hometown boy could not defeat the hometown team.

Area-native Jason Terry had 32 points but the Seattle SuperSonics edged the Atlanta Hawks, 99-96.

After Terry hit a jumper with 6:28 left to give Atlanta an 88-83 lead, Seattle reeled off 10 straight points, capped by a step-under layup by Gary Payton with 3:28 remaining.

Atlanta got within 93-92 on a pair of free throws by Alan Henderson. After Brent Barry had the ball stripped under Atlanta's basket, Payton corralled the ball and hit a turnaround fadeaway jumper with two Hawks in his face with 59 seconds to go.

After Shareef Abdur-Rahim made 1-of-2 free throws with 40 seconds left, Jerome James followed a miss by Payton with 26 seconds remaining to boost Seattle's lead to 97-93.

Henderson missed a pair of free throws four seconds later, but Terry chased down the rebound and hit a 3-pointer from the left wing to make it 97-96 with 13 seconds left.

Following a pair of free throws by Desmond Mason with 12.2 seconds remaining, Abdur-Rahim launched a 3-pointer from the left corner but hit the front of the rim.

Payton had 21 points, eight assists and five rebounds for Seattle, which had defeated Atlanta just once in its past four home games.

"We just stayed focused," Payton said. "We got down and played good defense. We gave them one shot and then we played really well and then went down and executed."

"It's hard to put a smaller guy on him because he can go inside and he can go by just about anyone," Hawks coach Lon Kruger said of Payton. "We give him some extra attention and when we do that he passes the ball so well it frees up shots for other good players. A great player is gonna get his and make plays for others so you try to limit him as best you can."

Barry and Mason added 17 points apiece for the Sonics, who have won four of their last five games overall.

Terry, who played at Seattle's Franklin High, was 12-of-25 from the field and had eight assists and four rebounds. He notched his 1,000th career assist on an alley-oop feed to Johnson for a dunk with 1:41 left in the first quarter.

"That was tough," Terry said of the game. "They stayed resilient and showed why they are a good team in the West. GP did what he had to down the stetch by finding the right people. When they missed, they got offensive rebounds and put it back."

Abdur-Rahim added 25 points and 16 rebounds but committed seven turnovers for the Hawks, who have dropped three straight after beginning their six-game road trip with a pair of wins.

The Sonics again played without forward Vin Baker, who was placed on the injured list Friday after dislocating three toes on his left foot against the Los Angeles Lakers on February 14. Seattle is 4-1 since Baker was lost to the injury.

Baker has a protective boot on his left foot and is out indefinitely. No players were activated, so Seattle only had 11 eligible players.

"Tonight, I think we finally realized that we were without Vin Baker," Sonics coach Nate McMillan said. "I think the first couple of games we were playing on emotions and everybody was excited and pumped and playing and aggressive with the ball, and then all of a sudden we realized this guy's not here. We got to do this every night until he comes back, and tonight it just seemed like the emotions and the intensity wasn't there."

Atlanta held a 26-21 edge after one quarter and was up 49-46 at the break. Seattle jumped out to its biggest lead, 65-59, midway through the third period before Atlanta rallied to take an 80-76 advantage into the fourth.

Though both teams made 44 percent of their field-goal attempts, Seattle made 42 percent of its 3-point attempts (10-of-24) while Atlanta converted just 22 percent (4-of-18).

"We battled," Kruger said. "I thought our effort was good. Seattle's tough, the matchups are tough. Then, of course, Payton makes everyone a little better. They got a couple of missed shots back and got buckets, and that was big. Anytime you give second shots in a tight game it makes it more difficult."

Seattle, which has blown numerous fourth-quarter leads this season, improved to just 3-17 this season in games in which it has trailed after three quarters.

"It was just a (badly) played game by us tonight and in the fourth quarter we made it happen," McMillan said. "It was a reverse tonight of playing three great quarters and in the fourth quarter not making anything happen. So it was totally opposite tonight. It was three quarters that just seemed like we weren't here and in the fourth quarter we made plays and made it happen."

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