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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SEATTLE 20 29 24 25 98 ATLANTA 31 14 16 20 81 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: SEA - RASHARD LEWIS 19, PREDRAG DROBNJAK 16, GARY PAYTON 14 ATL - SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 24, JASON TERRY 18, IRA NEWBLE 12

HIGH REBOUND: SEA - RASHARD LEWIS 7, PREDRAG DROBNJAK 6, VLADIMIR RADMANOVIC 6 ATL - SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 16, ALAN HENDERSON 5, TONI KUKOC 5

HIGH ASSISTS: SEA - GARY PAYTON 12, BRENT BARRY 4, VLADIMIR RADMANOVIC 4 ATL - TONI KUKOC 9, JASON TERRY 5, SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 4

ATT: 8,167


Extended Box

SEATTLE (98) AT ATLANTA (81)

SEATTLE

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

R LEWIS F 30 7-15 3-5 3 4 7 1 2 1 1 19 V RADMANOVIC F 32 4-10 0-0 1 5 6 4 2 2 2 8 J JAMES C 18 4-5 2-2 0 3 3 0 3 0 2 10 G PAYTON G 36 6-19 2-2 1 2 3 12 3 1 0 14 B BARRY G 33 4-9 2-2 1 3 4 4 0 5 4 12 P DOBNJAK 22 7-9 2-3 1 5 6 1 0 0 0 16 D MASON 26 5-7 0-0 0 3 3 0 2 0 0 10 E WATSON 15 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 2 1 1 0 0 A LONG 16 1-2 0-0 1 4 5 0 4 1 1 2 S WILLIAMS 12 3-4 1-1 0 0 0 2 0 0 4 7 O OYEDEJI DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 41-81 12-15 8 30 38 26 17 11 14 98 (.506) (.800) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 14 (11 PTS)

ATLANTA

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

T KUKOC F 39 5-16 1-1 1 4 5 9 2 3 3 11 S ABDUR-RAHIM F 42 9-13 6-8 5 11 16 4 5 0 8 24 N MOHAMMED C 14 2-7 0-2 1 2 3 0 3 1 0 4 J TERRY G 44 7-19 2-2 2 2 4 5 1 1 2 18 I NEWBLE G 31 6-10 0-0 2 2 4 1 1 0 3 12 A HENDERSON 22 3-4 0-0 0 5 5 1 1 0 1 6 D JOHNSON 21 2-5 1-2 0 3 3 0 2 0 1 6 H MOTTOLA 8 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 D GLOVER 4 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 J VAUGHN 14 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 C BOWDLER 1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 M STRICKLAND DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-81 10-15 11 29 40 22 18 7 19 81 (.420) (.667) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 20 (19 PTS)

SEATTLE 20 29 24 25 - 98 ATLANTA 31 14 16 20 - 81

BLOCKED SHOTS: SEATTLE - J JAMES 2, G PAYTON, A LONG, P DOBNJAK, V RADMANOVIC. ATLANTA - J TERRY 2, A HENDERSON, S ABDUR-RAHIM. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SEATTLE 4-18 (.222), R LEWIS 2-3, V RADMANOVIC 0- 5, G PAYTON 0-4, B BARRY 2-6. ATLANTA 3-14 (.214), T KUKOC 0-5, J TERRY 2- 6, D JOHNSON 1-3. TECHNICAL FOULS: NONE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. A - 8,167. T - 1:57.


Box Score

SEATTLE (98)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp R Lewis 30 7-15 3-5 3-7 1 2 19 V Radmanovic 32 4-10 0-0 1-6 4 2 8 J James 18 4-5 2-2 0-3 0 3 10 G Payton 36 6-19 2-2 1-3 12 3 14 B Barry 33 4-9 2-2 1-4 4 0 12 P Dobnjak 22 7-9 2-3 1-6 1 0 16 D Mason 26 5-7 0-0 0-3 0 2 10 E Watson 15 0-1 0-0 0-1 2 1 0 A Long 16 1-2 0-0 1-5 0 4 2 S Williams 12 3-4 1-1 0-0 2 0 7 O Oyedeji DNP - COACH'S DECISION

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-81 12-15 8-38 26 17 98 _____________________________________________________

Percentage: FG-.506, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 4-18, .222 (R Lewis 2-3, V Radmanovic 0-5, G Payton 0-4, B Barry 2-6). Team Rebounds: 0. Blocked Shots: (J James 2, G Payton, A Long, P Dobnjak, V Radmanovic). Turnovers: (B Barry 4, S Williams 4, J James 2, V Radmanovic 2, R Lewis, A Long). Steal: 11 (B Barry 5, V Radmanovic 2, G Payton, R Lewis, A Long, E Watson). ATLANTA (81)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp T Kukoc 39 5-16 1-1 1-5 9 2 11 S Abdur-Rahim 42 9-13 6-8 5-16 4 5 24 N Mohammed 14 2-7 0-2 1-3 0 3 4 J Terry 44 7-19 2-2 2-4 5 1 18 I Newble 31 6-10 0-0 2-4 1 1 12 A Henderson 22 3-4 0-0 0-5 1 1 6 D Johnson 21 2-5 1-2 0-3 0 2 6 H Mottola 8 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 D Glover 4 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 J Vaughn 14 0-2 0-0 0-0 2 1 0 C Bowdler 1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 M Strickland DNP - COACH'S DECISION

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-81 10-15 11-40 22 18 81 _____________________________________________________

Percentage: FG-.420, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 3-14, .214 (T Kukoc 0-5, J Terry 2-6, D Johnson 1-3). Team Rebounds: 0. Blocked Shots: (J Terry 2, A Henderson, S Abdur-Rahim). Turnovers: (S Abdur-Rahim 8, T Kukoc 3, I Newble 3, J Terry 2, A Henderson, D Johnson, H Mottola). Steal: 7 (T Kukoc 3, J Vaughn, N Mohammed, D Glover, J Terry).

------------------------------------------- SEATTLE 20 29 24 25 - 98 ATLANTA 31 14 16 20 - 81 -------------------------------------------

Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 8,167. T: 1:57.


Game Story

ATLANTA (Ticker) -- The Seattle SuperSonics' road show is playing to rave reviews.

The SuperSonics won their eighth straight road game, rallying for a 98-81 victory over the Atlanta Hawks as Rashard Lewis scored 19 points to lead a balanced attack.

The SuperSonics improved to 3-0 on their five-game road trip. They have not lost away from home since January 23 at Charlotte.

"On the road, we are more focused than at home," Lewis said. "We have more energy to win road games. We need to concentrate harder, especially at home."

The road streak is two shy of the 1995 club record and Seattle's longest since it also won eight in a row on the road from December 9, 1997-January 9, 1998. That run ended in New York, which is where Seattle plays Friday.

In this one, the Sonics erased an 11-point first-quarter deficit with a huge second period and methodically pulled away in the second half for their fourth straight win overall. They swept the season series for the first time since the 1995-96 campaign.

"I think we are more focused on the road because we know we have to win to stay in contention for the playoffs," said Sonics guard Gary Payton, who had 14 points and 12 assists. "We're just playing well. We came in here and everybody played the way they were supposed to play. I thought we executed and played decent."

Rookie Predrag Drobnjak scored 16 points and sparked a second-period rally for the Sonics. Brent Barry had 12 points and five steals and Desmond Mason and Jerome James scored 10 points each.

Shareef Abdur-Rahim had 24 points and 16 rebounds for the Hawks, who were playing at home for the first time since completing a 3-3 road trip that included a loss at Seattle.

"They came out and beat us in all aspects of the game," Hawks guard Jason Terry said. "We can't get a win when you play like that. We have to play better than that if we're gonna do anything. We didn't make any improvement tonight."

Abdur-Rahim scored seven points and Terry six in the first quarter as Atlanta opened a 31-20 lead. Drobnjak scored six points in a 16-7 run that opened the second quarter and two free throws by Barry pulled Seattle within 38-36 with 5:56 to go.

A dunk by Lewis gave the Sonics the lead for good at 44-43 with 2:38 remaining. Seattle widened the lead to 49-45 at halftime.

"That dunk was the momentum shift," Lewis said.

"The first quarter went really well and then we let up on them," said Abdur-Rahim, who committed eight of Atlanta's 20 turnovers.

Lewis scored eight points in the third quarter as Seattle built its lead to 73-61 entering the final period. Atlanta got no closer in the last 12 minutes.

"In the second half, the defense picked up," Sonics coach Nate McMillan said. "We've become a second-half team. The big thing is to value every possession."

"Coach said at half, the first one to play defense will win the game," Lewis said. "We picked it up with defensive stops in the second half and we opened it up."

Seattle shot 51 percent (41-of-81) from the field and committed 14 turnovers.

Terry scored 18 points for the Hawks, who shot 42 percent (34-of-81).

"There was not a lot to be pleased with after the first quarter," Hawks coach Lon Kruger said. "Against a team like that, you have to sustain that early momentum."

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