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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MEMPHIS 24 23 18 17 82 SEATTLE 25 22 23 26 96 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MEM - JASON WILLIAMS 26, LORENZEN WRIGHT 13, TWO PLAYERS WITH 10 SEA - GARY PAYTON 32, BRENT BARRY 17, DESMOND MASON 14

HIGH REBOUND: MEM - LORENZEN WRIGHT 10, RODNEY BUFORD 8, STROMILE SWIFT 6 SEA - VIN BAKER 8, RASHARD LEWIS 8, JEROME JAMES 7

HIGH ASSISTS: MEM - JASON WILLIAMS 4, GRANT LONG 3, SHANE BATTIER 3 SEA - BRENT BARRY 9, GARY PAYTON 9, DESMOND MASON 3

ATT: 13,896


Extended Box

MEMPHIS (82) AT SEATTLE (96)

MEMPHIS

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

G LONG F 22 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 3 2 1 2 0 P GASOL F 27 4-11 1-4 3 2 5 2 2 1 2 9 L WRIGHT C 23 6-13 1-3 3 7 10 1 3 0 1 13 S BATTIER G 44 4-9 1-2 0 1 1 3 4 3 2 10 J WILLIAMS G 39 10-17 2-2 0 4 4 4 1 1 1 26 R BUFORD 30 4-8 0-0 2 6 8 2 2 1 1 8 T MASSENBURG 18 1-4 1-2 0 0 0 2 4 0 1 3 S SWIFT 28 4-15 2-4 2 4 6 0 2 2 2 10 W SOLOMON 9 1-3 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 1 3 B KNIGHT DNP - SORE LEFT FOOT E GILL DNP - COACH'S DECISION A FOTSIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-82 8-17 10 26 36 17 21 9 13 82 (.415) (.471) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 13 (10 PTS)

SEATTLE

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

R LEWIS F 20 5-6 0-0 3 5 8 1 0 0 1 12 P DOBNJAK F 38 3-10 2-2 2 4 6 2 4 2 1 8 J JAMES C 27 1-5 0-2 1 6 7 1 5 1 1 2 B BARRY G 42 7-12 1-1 0 5 5 9 4 1 2 17 G PAYTON G 39 14-24 4-6 2 2 4 9 2 0 5 32 V BAKER 20 2-3 1-2 2 6 8 0 5 0 3 5 D MASON 38 5-14 4-4 1 5 6 3 1 0 3 14 R LIVINGSTON 13 1-5 4-4 1 3 4 1 0 0 0 6 E WATSON 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 O OYEDEJI 2 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 S WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-79 16-21 13 36 49 26 21 4 16 96 (.481) (.762) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 16 (16 PTS)

MEMPHIS 24 23 18 17 - 82 SEATTLE 25 22 23 26 - 96

BLOCKED SHOTS: MEMPHIS - P GASOL 2, S SWIFT, S BATTIER. SEATTLE - J JAMES 3, P DOBNJAK 3, R LEWIS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MEMPHIS 6-15 (.400), S BATTIER 1-3, J WILLIAMS 4- 8, R BUFORD 0-2, W SOLOMON 1-2. SEATTLE 4-9 (.444), R LEWIS 2-2, B BARRY 2- 5, G PAYTON 0-1, R LIVINGSTON 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: MEMPHIS - P GASOL, DEFENSIVE THREE. SEATTLE - DEFENSIVE THREE, G PAYTON. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DEREK RICHARDSON, GREG WILLARD, RON OLESIAK. A - 13,896. T - 2:03.


Box Score

MEMPHIS (82)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp G Long 22 0-2 0-0 0-0 3 2 0 P Gasol 27 4-11 1-4 3-5 2 2 9 L Wright 23 6-13 1-3 3-10 1 3 13 S Battier 44 4-9 1-2 0-1 3 4 10 J Williams 39 10-17 2-2 0-4 4 1 26 R Buford 30 4-8 0-0 2-8 2 2 8 T Massenburg 18 1-4 1-2 0-0 2 4 3 S Swift 28 4-15 2-4 2-6 0 2 10 W Solomon 9 1-3 0-0 0-2 0 1 3 B Knight DNP - SORE LEFT FOOT E Gill DNP - COACH'S DECISION A Fotsis DNP - COACH'S DECISION

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-82 8-17 10-36 17 21 82 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.415, FT-.471. 3-Point Goals: 6-15, .400 (S Battier 1-3, J Williams 4-8, R Buford 0-2, W Solomon 1-2). Team Rebounds: 9. Blocked Shots:4 (P Gasol 2, S Swift, S Battier). Turnovers:13 (G Long 2, S Swift 2, S Battier 2, P Gasol 2, T Massenburg, L Wright, W Solomon, J Williams, R Buford). Steals: 9 (S Battier 3, S Swift 2, G Long, P Gasol, J Williams, R Buford).

SEATTLE (96)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp R Lewis 20 5-6 0-0 3-8 1 0 12 P Dobnjak 38 3-10 2-2 2-6 2 4 8 J James 27 1-5 0-2 1-7 1 5 2 B Barry 42 7-12 1-1 0-5 9 4 17 G Payton 39 14-24 4-6 2-4 9 2 32 V Baker 20 2-3 1-2 2-8 0 5 5 D Mason 38 5-14 4-4 1-6 3 1 14 R Livingston 13 1-5 4-4 1-4 1 0 6 E Watson 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 O Oyedeji 2 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 S Williams DNP - COACH'S DECISION

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-79 16-21 13-49 26 21 96 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.481, FT-.762. 3-Point Goals: 4-9, .444 (R Lewis 2-2, B Barry 2-5, G Payton 0-1, R Livingston 0-1). Team Rebounds: 9. Blocked Shots:7 (J James 3, P Dobnjak 3, R Lewis). Turnovers:16 (G Payton 5, V Baker 3, D Mason 3, B Barry 2, R Lewis, J James, P Dobnjak). Steals: 4 (P Dobnjak 2, B Barry, J James).

------------------------------------------- MEMPHIS 24 23 18 17 - 82 SEATTLE 25 22 23 26 - 96 -------------------------------------------

Technical fouls: Memphis - 2 (P Gasol, 0:35 2nd; Defensive Three, 9:36 3rd). Seattle - 2 (Defensive Three, 3:02 1st; G Payton, 6:10 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 13,896. T: 2:03. Officials: Derek Richardson, Greg Willard, Ron Olesiak.


Game Story

SEATTLE (Ticker) -- In the first half, Jason Williams gave Brent Barry a tough time. In the second half, Barry turned things around.

Barry scored 13 of his 17 points and shut down Williams after halftime as the Seattle SuperSonics remained perfect at home against the Memphis Grizzlies with a 96-82 victory.

Barry was not aggressive in the first half, which ended in a 47-47 tie. He took just three shots while Williams made 9-of-12 -- including four 3-pointers -- and scored 24 points.

"In the first half, we didn't run many things to get Jason involved to play defense," Barry said. "We didn't move the ball around quite as much. So everybody wasn't getting a piece of the pie in the first half."

"In the first half I felt good," Williams said. "I wasn't really creating on my own, it was just coming in the flow. I think when I square up and keep my elbow in, I can shoot (well). I wasn't really out there looking for my shot; they were just coming."

Early in the third quarter, Barry got untracked with eight points in a 15-6 run that gave Seattle the lead for good.

Gary Payton had the other seven as the SuperSonics built a 64-55 lead with 4 1/2 minutes remaining.

"It was a situation where we just wanted to get on top of them and just kind of hold them down," Barry said. "The only way they were going to get back in the game was if they were able to make outside shots. I think Jason didn't play as aggressive in the second half and that helped us because he was absolutely phenomenal in the first half."

Barry's aggression on offense may have had something to do with Williams slowing down in the second half. The SuperSonics also defended the high pick-and-roll much better as the big man jumped out and forced Williams to pass.

As a result, Williams took just five shots in the seocnd half, making one. He finished with 26 points and four assists.

"When a guy's having a big offensive night, if defensively you're not making him work, he can just concentrate on going down and making the next shot," Barry said. "So what you have to do is involve that kind of player into a pick-and-roll and make sure you're banging him around and maybe he'll wear down."

"I think they were getting more aggressive on the pick-and-rolls," Williams said. "The big guys were staying with me. I have to get rid of it when they double-team. It hurts my team if they keep dribbling it and taking shots over the big guys."

The Grizzlies pulled within two points early in the fourth quarter and still trailed just 77-71 after a hook by rookie Pau Gasol with 5:10 remaining. Barry answered with a long jumper.

Gasol converted a three-point play, but Payton and Desmond Mason made jumpers before Barry sealed it with a 3-pointer for an 88-76 lead with 2:05 left.

"I thought Brent Barry looked to be more aggressive, which we needed him to do in the second half," Sonics coach Nate McMillan said.

"Barry is very versatile. He can play inside or outside," Gasol said. "They play the right way."

The Sonics won for the sixth time in seven games despite a pair of key players being bothered by injuries. Gary Payton overcame a sore back that nearly sidelined him to collect 32 points and nine assists. Rashard Lewis scored 12 points before leaving with a twisted ankle.

"We didn't know what was going to happen with Gary until the very beginning of the game," Mason said. "Everybody knows Gary; he's a warrior. He's gonna play hard every night. He's been playing sore and hurt all season."

"I thought it was a knee but it's an ankle," McMillan said of Lewis' injury. "I don't know exactly how serious. I thought I heard one of the doctors say it should be OK."

Mason scored 14 points for the Sonics, who improved to 12-0 all-time at home against the Grizzlies. Seattle shot 48 percent (38-of-79) from the field and held a 49-36 rebounding advantage.

Lorenzen Wright had 13 points and 10 boards for the Grizzlies, who have lost seven of their last eight games. They shot 41.5 percent (34-of-82) and made just 8-of-17 free throws.

"We had wide-open shots; we just didn't make them," Grizzlies coach Sidney Lowe said. "There's not much you can do about that."

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