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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     SEATTLE          18   17   24   21    80   
     NEW YORK         22   24   25   26    97      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   SEA - GARY PAYTON 20, VLADIMIR RADMANOVIC 17, 
                      TWO PLAYERS WITH 12
                NYK - ALLAN HOUSTON 25, KURT THOMAS 22, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 12

HIGH REBOUND:   SEA - DESMOND MASON 9, GARY PAYTON 6, VLADIMIR
                      RADMANOVIC 6
                NYK - CLARENCE WEATHERSPOON 8, OTHELLA 
                      HARRINGTON 8, TWO PLAYERS WITH 7

HIGH ASSISTS:   SEA - BRENT BARRY 6, GARY PAYTON 4, PREDRAG 
                      DROBNJAK 3
                NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 7, CHARLIE WARD 5, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 3

         ATT:   18,783

Box Score

SEATTLE (80) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp R Evans 19 1-2 3-9 2-3 1 3 5 D Mason 40 5-16 2-2 1-9 0 5 12 P Drobnjak 23 3-8 0-0 2-5 3 1 7 B Barry 37 3-7 5-5 0-5 6 2 12 G Payton 44 8-19 3-3 3-6 4 3 20 A Sesay 24 0-2 1-2 0-2 1 2 1 V Radmanovic 29 7-14 1-1 1-6 2 2 17 K Anderson 8 1-5 0-0 1-1 0 0 2 C Booth 16 2-7 0-2 4-5 0 0 4 R Lewis DNP - SUSPENDED BY LEAGUE J Forte DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-80 15-24 14-42 17 18 80 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.375, FT-.625. 3-Point Goals: 5-11, .455 (D Mason 0-1, P Drobnjak 1-1, B Barry 1-3, G Payton 1-2, V Radmanovic 2-4). Team Rebounds: 9. Blocked Shots:2 (V Radmanovic, A Sesay). Turnovers:11 (B Barry 4, G Payton 3, K Anderson, D Mason, V Radmanovic, R Evans). Steals: 8 (B Barry 3, G Payton 3, D Mason, P Drobnjak). NEW YORK (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp O Harrington 20 4-7 0-0 4-8 0 4 8 L Sprewell 42 3-12 2-4 1-3 7 0 9 K Thomas 37 10-16 2-2 1-7 0 5 22 H Eisley 23 4-8 2-2 0-0 3 3 12 A Houston 34 7-15 7-8 0-5 3 3 25 C Ward 25 4-9 1-1 0-3 5 1 12 C Weatherspoon 28 1-5 1-2 4-8 2 3 3 M Doleac 11 0-3 0-0 0-2 0 3 0 S Anderson 20 3-6 0-2 2-7 1 0 6 T Knight DNP - COACH'S DECISION L Nailon DNP - COACH'S DECISION L Postell DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-81 15-21 12-43 21 22 97 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.444, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals: 10-18, .556 (L Sprewell 1-3, H Eisley 2-5, A Houston 4-5, C Ward 3-5). Team Rebounds: 16. Blocked Shots:5 (C Weatherspoon 2, K Thomas 2, S Anderson). Turnovers:12 (K Thomas 5, H Eisley 2, S Anderson 2, C Ward, A Houston, M Doleac). Steals: 4 (C Weatherspoon, L Sprewell, H Eisley, S Anderson). ------------------------------------------- SEATTLE 18 17 24 21 - 80 NEW YORK 22 24 25 26 - 97 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Seattle - 1 (Defensive Three, 8:25 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,783. T: 2:04. Officials: Joe Derosa, Tim Donaghy, Tony Brown.


Extended Box

SEATTLE (80) AT NEW YORK (97) SEATTLE REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === R EVANS F 19 1-2 3-9 2 1 3 1 3 0 1 5 D MASON F 40 5-16 2-2 1 8 9 0 5 1 1 12 P DROBNJAK C 23 3-8 0-0 2 3 5 3 1 1 0 7 B BARRY G 37 3-7 5-5 0 5 5 6 2 3 4 12 G PAYTON G 44 8-19 3-3 3 3 6 4 3 3 3 20 A SESAY 24 0-2 1-2 0 2 2 1 2 0 0 1 V RADMANOVIC 29 7-14 1-1 1 5 6 2 2 0 1 17 K ANDERSON 8 1-5 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 C BOOTH 16 2-7 0-2 4 1 5 0 0 0 0 4 R LEWIS DNP - SUSPENDED BY LEAGUE J FORTE DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 30-80 15-24 14 28 42 17 18 8 11 80 (.375) (.625) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 11 (12 PTS) NEW YORK REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === O HARRINGTON F 20 4-7 0-0 4 4 8 0 4 0 0 8 L SPREWELL F 42 3-12 2-4 1 2 3 7 0 1 0 9 K THOMAS C 37 10-16 2-2 1 6 7 0 5 0 5 22 H EISLEY G 23 4-8 2-2 0 0 0 3 3 1 2 12 A HOUSTON G 34 7-15 7-8 0 5 5 3 3 0 1 25 C WARD 25 4-9 1-1 0 3 3 5 1 0 1 12 C WEATHERSPOON 28 1-5 1-2 4 4 8 2 3 1 0 3 M DOLEAC 11 0-3 0-0 0 2 2 0 3 0 1 0 S ANDERSON 20 3-6 0-2 2 5 7 1 0 1 2 6 T KNIGHT DNP - COACH'S DECISION L NAILON DNP - COACH'S DECISION L POSTELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 36-81 15-21 12 31 43 21 22 4 12 97 (.444) (.714) TEAM REBS: 16 TOTAL TO: 12 (15 PTS) SEATTLE 18 17 24 21 - 80 NEW YORK 22 24 25 26 - 97 BLOCKED SHOTS: SEATTLE - V RADMANOVIC, A SESAY. NEW YORK - C WEATHERSPOON 2, K THOMAS 2, S ANDERSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SEATTLE 5-11 (.455), D MASON 0-1, P DROBNJAK 1- 1, B BARRY 1-3, G PAYTON 1-2, V RADMANOVIC 2-4. NEW YORK 10-18 (.556), L SPREWELL 1-3, H EISLEY 2-5, A HOUSTON 4-5, C WARD 3-5. TECHNICAL FOULS: SEATTLE - DEFENSIVE THREE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JOE DEROSA, TIM DONAGHY, TONY BROWN. A - 18,783. T - 2:04.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) - Facing trash-talking point guard Gary Payton, the quiet tandem of Howard Eisley and Charlie Ward made a point with their play. Eisley and Ward combined for 24 points and outplayed Payton as the New York Knicks snapped a three-game losing streak with a convincing 97-80 victory over the slumping Seattle SuperSonics. Eisley and Ward have played well at times this season, but rarely have they been able to put together a performance like this one. Eisley had 12 points and three assists in 23 minutes and Ward collected 12 and five in 25 minutes off the bench. "If they can keep that balance going, I'll be a very happy person," Knicks coach Don Chaney said. "Both guys played extremely well. They ran the team and they hit shots. Those are the things you have to do." Eisley and Ward did it against Payton, a perennial All-Star and perhaps the best point guard in the NBA. Starting slowly, Payton finished with 20 points and four assists, making just 8-of-19 shots. Afterward, the talkative Payton grudgingly acknowledged the point guards of the Knicks. "I don't care if it's John Stockton, I don't care if it's Baron Davis, I don't care if it's Jason Kidd, I don't care if it's Charlie Ward," Payton said. "They're all in my way of what I'm trying to do. I play hard against all of 'em." After a quiet first half, Eisley scored 10 points in the third quarter to turn back a rally by Seattle. Ward made three 3-pointers in the final period, when the Knicks pulled away. "Both of them are competitors," Knicks guard Allan Houston said. "They won't say it, but they want to earn their pay. They were huge for us." Ward began the season as the starter but suffered a leg injury a month ago and missed eight games. Eisley moved into the starting lineup and has stayed there since Ward returned five games ago, even though Chaney has said that a player should not lose his starting job due to an injury. Neither Eisley nor Ward seemed to care who starts. "I haven't really thought about it," said Eisley, who made 4-of-8 shots. "I'm just going out to play basketball and help the team win. Tonight was a good win for us. Coach makes the decisions on who's gonna start." "It don't matter. We just have to do our job," said Ward, who was 4-of-9 from the floor. Houston scored 25 points and Kurt Thomas added 22 for the Knicks, who shot 10-of-18 from 3-point range. They have beaten the SuperSonics four straight times. Vladimir Radmanovic scored 17 points for Seattle, which shot just 37.5 percent (30-of-80) and has not won at New York since November 24, 1996. "I don't feel like we came in here to win," said Sonics coach Nate McMillan, whose team began a five-game road trip with its eighth loss in 11 games. "Our intensity level was down a notch or two. We didn't win one quarter. They had control of this game from the start." With Payton starting slowly and forward Rashard Lewis serving a one-game league suspension, the Sonics quickly found themselves in a hole. Thomas triggered an early 9-0 spurt with a pair of jumpers that gave the Knicks the lead for good. Houston started the second quarter with a 3-pointer and three-point play to give the Knicks a 28-18 advantage. Taking advantage of Seattle's lack of size, Thomas had three baskets in an 11-2 spurt that pushed the lead to 42-27 with 3:22 left in the first half. Trailing 46-35 at halftime, the Sonics closed to 56-49 on a 3-pointer by Predrag Drobnjak with 6:44 left in the third quarter. Eisley and Houston made 3-pointers and Eisley added a jumper to rebuild the lead to 15 points. "They did a good job of trying to take Spree (Latrell Sprewell) and Allan away and Spree and Allan did a good job of finding guys on the weak side," Eisley said. "We moved the ball well and read the defense and those guys made shots when they had 'em," Houston said. Having blown 20 double-digit leads since the beginning of last season, the Knicks seemed ready to do it again when 3-pointers by Radmanovic and Payton made it 77-71 with 8:04 to go. This time, Ward answered with a 3-pointer. "It seemed like those guys would make a three and push the lead back up," said Sprewell, who scored just nine points. Thomas made three straight baskets for the Knicks, opening an 86-75 lead with 4:32 left. Ward put the finishing touches on the win, drilling 3-pointers 70 seconds apart for a 94-80 bulge with 2:24 to play. Desmond Mason and Brent Barry scored 12 points apiece for the Sonics. Mason started for Lewis, who averages 16.7 points and 7.0 rebounds and clearly was missed. "He's one of their main guys," Thomas said. "He's a guy who plays inside and outside. He's a guy who opens up the floor for them with his shooting ability. Without him, they definitely were missing a piece."


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