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NBA  FINAL IN 1ST OT  1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  1OT  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     MEMPHIS          18   17   26   27   9     97   
     SEATTLE          27   26   15   20   15    103     FINAL IN 1ST OT

HIGH SCORERS:   MEM - LORENZEN WRIGHT 21, PAU GASOL 21, DREW 
                      GOODEN 15
                SEA - GARY PAYTON 27, RASHARD LEWIS 24, 
                      DESMOND MASON 20

HIGH REBOUND:   MEM - PAU GASOL 14, LORENZEN WRIGHT 8, DREW 
                      GOODEN 8
                SEA - GARY PAYTON 12, VITALY POTAPENKO 7, 
                      PREDRAG DROBNJAK 7

HIGH ASSISTS:   MEM - BREVIN KNIGHT 9, PAU GASOL 5, JASON 
                      WILLIAMS 3
                SEA - GARY PAYTON 9, BRENT BARRY 8, THREE 
                      PLAYERS WITH 3

         ATT:   14,176

Box Score

MEMPHIS (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp S Battier 35 4-9 0-0 2-4 1 3 8 P Gasol 44 5-10 11-12 2-14 5 1 21 L Wright 44 9-15 3-4 1-8 2 4 21 G Giricek 22 5-11 3-6 0-2 1 0 13 J Williams 25 1-5 3-3 0-0 3 2 5 W Person 25 2-7 2-3 1-1 1 0 7 B Knight 28 2-8 0-0 0-2 9 5 4 D Gooden 28 6-14 3-4 1-8 0 2 15 S Swift 8 1-3 1-2 1-2 0 0 3 E Watson 6 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 C Trybanski DNP - COACH'S DECISION M Batiste DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 265 35-82 26-34 9-42 22 17 97 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.427, FT-.765. 3-Point Goals: 1-12, .083 (S Battier 0-4, G Giricek 0-1, J Williams 0-1, W Person 1-5, B Knight 0-1). Team Rebounds: 11. Blocked Shots:3 (P Gasol 3). Turnovers:8 (P Gasol 3, G Giricek 2, L Wright, D Gooden, B Knight). Steals: 2 (B Knight, J Williams). SEATTLE (103) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp P Drobnjak 20 0-8 0-0 3-7 0 1 0 R Lewis 42 9-20 5-6 1-1 3 4 24 J James 4 0-1 0-0 0-3 0 1 0 B Barry 35 3-4 0-0 1-6 8 5 8 G Payton 44 12-26 2-8 1-12 9 0 27 A Sesay 22 4-7 0-0 2-5 1 5 8 K Anderson 26 2-7 2-2 0-2 3 2 6 D Mason 39 9-13 2-3 0-6 3 4 20 V Potapenko 33 5-8 0-0 3-7 0 5 10 C Booth DNP - COACH'S DECISION J Forte DNP - COACH'S DECISION V Radmanovic DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 265 44-94 11-19 11-49 27 27 103 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.468, FT-.579. 3-Point Goals: 4-11, .364 (R Lewis 1-4, B Barry 2-2, G Payton 1-3, K Anderson 0-1, D Mason 0-1). Team Rebounds: 11. Blocked Shots:4 (R Lewis 2, J James, P Drobnjak). Turnovers:4 (K Anderson, V Potapenko, R Lewis, A Sesay). Steals: 6 (K Anderson 4, B Barry, R Lewis). ----------------------------------------------- MEMPHIS 18 17 26 27 9 - 97 SEATTLE 27 26 15 20 15 - 103 ----------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Seattle - 2 (Defensive Three, 5:48 2nd; COACH McMillan, 1:11 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,176. T: 2:33. Officials: Blane Reichelt, Eddie F. Rush, Violet Palmer.


Extended Box

MEMPHIS (97) AT SEATTLE (103) MEMPHIS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === S BATTIER F 35 4-9 0-0 2 2 4 1 3 0 0 8 P GASOL F 44 5-10 11-12 2 12 14 5 1 0 3 21 L WRIGHT C 44 9-15 3-4 1 7 8 2 4 0 1 21 G GIRICEK G 22 5-11 3-6 0 2 2 1 0 0 2 13 J WILLIAMS G 25 1-5 3-3 0 0 0 3 2 1 0 5 W PERSON 25 2-7 2-3 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 7 B KNIGHT 28 2-8 0-0 0 2 2 9 5 1 1 4 D GOODEN 28 6-14 3-4 1 7 8 0 2 0 1 15 S SWIFT 8 1-3 1-2 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 3 E WATSON 6 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 C TRYBANSKI DNP - COACH'S DECISION M BATISTE DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 265 35-82 26-34 9 33 42 22 17 2 8 97 (.427) (.765) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 8 (10 PTS) SEATTLE REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === P DROBNJAK F 20 0-8 0-0 3 4 7 0 1 0 0 0 R LEWIS F 42 9-20 5-6 1 0 1 3 4 1 1 24 J JAMES C 4 0-1 0-0 0 3 3 0 1 0 0 0 B BARRY G 35 3-4 0-0 1 5 6 8 5 1 0 8 G PAYTON G 44 12-26 2-8 1 11 12 9 0 0 0 27 A SESAY 22 4-7 0-0 2 3 5 1 5 0 1 8 K ANDERSON 26 2-7 2-2 0 2 2 3 2 4 1 6 D MASON 39 9-13 2-3 0 6 6 3 4 0 0 20 V POTAPENKO 33 5-8 0-0 3 4 7 0 5 0 1 10 C BOOTH DNP - COACH'S DECISION J FORTE DNP - COACH'S DECISION V RADMANOVIC DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE TOTALS 265 44-94 11-19 11 38 49 27 27 6 4 103 (.468) (.579) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 7 (7 PTS) MEMPHIS 18 17 26 27 9 - 97 SEATTLE 27 26 15 20 15 - 103 BLOCKED SHOTS: MEMPHIS - P GASOL 3. SEATTLE - R LEWIS 2, J JAMES, P DROBNJAK. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MEMPHIS 1-12 (.083), S BATTIER 0-4, G GIRICEK 0- 1, J WILLIAMS 0-1, W PERSON 1-5, B KNIGHT 0-1. SEATTLE 4-11 (.364), R LEWIS 1-4, B BARRY 2-2, G PAYTON 1-3, K ANDERSON 0-1, D MASON 0- 1. TECHNICAL FOULS: SEATTLE - DEFENSIVE THREE, COACH MCMILLAN. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BLANE REICHELT, EDDIE F. RUSH, VIOLET PALMER. A - 14,176. T - 2:33.


Game Story

SEATTLE (Ticker) -- For the second straight night, the Seattle SuperSonics blew a substantial second-half lead. This time, they emerged with a victory. Gary Payton scored seven of his 27 points in overtime as the SuperSonics snapped a six-game losing streak - their longest in 12 years - with a 103-97 triumph over the Memphis Grizzlies. "It is a relief to finally get a win and get that 'W' and get that empty feeling out of your stomach," said Sonics coach Nate McMillan, who improved to 100-85. "Tonight there were still some things we needed to change and some of the same things, but it was more good things than bad." Seattle scored the first six points of the extra session on a layup by Desmond Mason, a baseline floater by Rashard Lewis and a jumper by Payton, taking a 94-88 edge with 3:31 left. "We got the monkey off our back," Lewis said. "When you're constantly losing ballgames, not to just the best teams in the league but to guys like Denver and the Clippers, that was kind of embarrassing to us. So we wanted to come out and most definitely get this win tonight." The lead was 98-94 before Payton picked up a loose ball deflected to him by Lewis and hit a 3-pointer with the shot clock expiring with 28 seconds left, and the Grizzlies got no closer than four points thereafter. I give a lot of credit to Gary Payton, he made big plays," Grizzlies coach Hubie Brown said. "The key play in the game was where there was a loose ball and we have three guys there but don't pick it up. Payton grabs it and he hits a three while the clock is going down. We had three shirts right there. He hit that three and it became a difficult situation." On Thursday, the Sonics blew a 15-point halftime advantage in a 92-85 setback at Utah. In this one, Seattle led by 20 points late in the second quarter and 53-35 at the half. But Memphis climbed within 68-61 entering the fourth quarter and, trailing 74-65, went on an 11-0 run to take a 76-74 lead on a hook by rookie Drew Gooden with 5:37 left - its first lead since 7-4. "We've been doing it all year," Gooden said. "It's a good sign. We put up a good fight even if we are down." Mason tied the game on two free throws with 5:16 to go, and the teams remained within two points of each other thereafter in regulation. Lewis nailed a jumper over Pau Gasol with 16 seconds left to give the Sonics an 88-86 lead, but on the Grizzlies' ensuing possession, Gasol passed out of a double-team to an open Brevin Knight, who nailed a jumper with 1.5 seconds to play to tie the game. Payton shot an airball on a 3-point attempt over Shane Battier at the buzzer, sending the game into overtime. "Once again we put ourselves in a situation where you have to go out (late) and win the game," McMillan said. "It's disappointing to see that happen again in a back-to-back situation. ... It was deja vu once again, but we got some breaks to go our way." Payton also had 12 rebounds and nine assists to help Seattle improve to 14-0 at home all-time against Memphis. Lewis chipped in 24 points and Mason 20 for the Sonics, who scored 100 points for the first time since December 16 at Cleveland. "In the third quarter when they got back in the game, it was just something that has happened to us in the past five or six games," Lewis said. "But we kept our composure and we kept competing and we were able to win in overtime." After Memphis took a 7-4 lead on a reverse layup and free throw by Gasol with 9:32 left in the opening quarter, Seattle responded with a 15-2 run and took a 27-18 lead into the second quarter. The Sonics led, 29-21, before going on a 22-10 burst, taking their largest lead on a driving layup by reserve guard Kenny Anderson with 1:53 remaining in the half. "You've got to continue to play (after blowing a big lead), and tonight our guys responded a lot better to losing that lead," Mason said. "We kept our heads in the game." Gasol and Lorenzen Wright each scored 21 points and Gooden had 13 of his 15 in the fourth quarter and overtime for Memphis, which finished a 1-5 road trip and fell to 2-18 away from The Pyramid. "We're through taking satisfaction from losses," Wright said. "We want to win." The Sonics shot 47 percent (44-of-94) and the Grizzlies 43 percent (35-of-82), including just 1-of-12 from the arc. "Unfortunately we just came up empty in threes again," Brown said. "We had a ton of wide-open threes, which is our game, and we went 1-for-12 again tonight."


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