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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      SEATTLE          19   25   28   30    102  
      MEMPHIS          21   29   28   21    99      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   SEA - RAY ALLEN 22, JEROME JAMES 22, LUKE 
                      RIDNOUR 15
                MEM - PAU GASOL 24, BONZI WELLS 17, SHANE 
                      BATTIER 16

HIGH REBOUND:   SEA - REGGIE EVANS 13, THREE PLAYERS WITH 6
                MEM - PAU GASOL 8, EARL WATSON 5, TWO PLAYERS 
                      WITH 4

HIGH ASSISTS:   SEA - LUKE RIDNOUR 9, REGGIE EVANS 3, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 2
                MEM - JASON WILLIAMS 10, EARL WATSON 5, MIKE 
                      MILLER 3

         ATT:   17,256

Box Score

SEATTLE (102) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp R Evans 30 2-5 8-14 7-13 3 3 12 R Murray 29 2-10 0-0 0-0 1 1 4 J James 32 9-11 4-7 2-6 1 4 22 L Ridnour 39 6-12 2-2 1-2 9 2 15 R Allen 38 8-20 1-1 4-6 2 4 22 A Daniels 17 1-4 0-0 0-1 2 1 3 N Collison 24 3-5 5-5 2-6 1 3 11 D Wilkins 25 5-11 0-0 3-4 1 4 13 V Potapenko 6 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 D Fortson DNP - LEFT ANKLE INJURY R Lewis DNP - RIGHT FOOT CONTUSION R Swift DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-79 20-29 19-38 20 23 102 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.456, FT-.690. 3-Point Goals: 10-20, .500 (R Evans 0-1, R Murray 0-3, L Ridnour 1-4, R Allen 5-7, A Daniels 1-1, D Wilkins 3-4). Team Rebounds: 13. Blocked Shots:3 (J James 2, N Collison). Turnovers:12 (R Allen 4, J James 2, L Ridnour 2, R Evans 2, A Daniels, R Murray). Steals: 5 (J James 2, L Ridnour, N Collison, R Evans). MEMPHIS (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp S Battier 40 7-10 0-0 3-3 0 1 16 P Gasol 31 9-16 6-7 1-8 1 4 24 L Wright 12 1-1 0-0 1-2 1 4 2 J Williams 23 2-4 2-2 0-3 10 2 6 M Miller 39 1-7 1-2 2-4 3 2 3 B Cardinal 21 0-4 1-2 3-3 1 3 1 S Swift 22 7-9 1-2 1-3 0 4 15 E Watson 29 6-9 2-3 2-5 5 4 15 B Wells 22 7-12 3-4 0-4 0 4 17 A Burks 1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 J Posey DNP - RIGHT HIP CONTUSION J Tsakalidis DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-73 16-22 13-35 21 28 99 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.548, FT-.727. 3-Point Goals: 3-16, .188 (S Battier 2-4, J Williams 0-1, M Miller 0-3, B Cardinal 0-1, E Watson 1-4, B Wells 0-2, A Burks 0-1). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots:8 (S Battier 3, S Swift 2, L Wright, B Wells, B Cardinal). Turnovers:11 (J Williams 3, E Watson 3, B Wells 2, L Wright, S Swift, S Battier). Steals: 8 (B Cardinal 2, E Watson 2, P Gasol 2, L Wright, B Wells). -------------------------------------------- SEATTLE 19 25 28 30 - 102 MEMPHIS 21 29 28 21 - 99 -------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Seattle - 1 (R Evans, 7:34 3rd). Memphis - 1 (L Wright, 8:33 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,256. T: 2:27. Officials: Blane Reichelt, Joe Forte, Scott Wall.


Extended Box

SEATTLE (102) AT MEMPHIS (99) SEATTLE REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === R EVANS F 30 2-5 8-14 7 6 13 3 3 1 2 12 R MURRAY F 29 2-10 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 4 J JAMES C 32 9-11 4-7 2 4 6 1 4 2 2 22 L RIDNOUR G 39 6-12 2-2 1 1 2 9 2 1 2 15 R ALLEN G 38 8-20 1-1 4 2 6 2 4 0 4 22 A DANIELS 17 1-4 0-0 0 1 1 2 1 0 1 3 N COLLISON 24 3-5 5-5 2 4 6 1 3 1 0 11 D WILKINS 25 5-11 0-0 3 1 4 1 4 0 0 13 V POTAPENKO 6 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 D FORTSON DNP - LEFT ANKLE INJURY R LEWIS DNP - RIGHT FOOT CONTUSION R SWIFT DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 36-79 20-29 19 19 38 20 23 5 12 102 (.456) (.690) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 13 (19 PTS) MEMPHIS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === S BATTIER F 40 7-10 0-0 3 0 3 0 1 0 1 16 P GASOL F 31 9-16 6-7 1 7 8 1 4 2 0 24 L WRIGHT C 12 1-1 0-0 1 1 2 1 4 1 1 2 J WILLIAMS G 23 2-4 2-2 0 3 3 10 2 0 3 6 M MILLER G 39 1-7 1-2 2 2 4 3 2 0 0 3 B CARDINAL 21 0-4 1-2 3 0 3 1 3 2 0 1 S SWIFT 22 7-9 1-2 1 2 3 0 4 0 1 15 E WATSON 29 6-9 2-3 2 3 5 5 4 2 3 15 B WELLS 22 7-12 3-4 0 4 4 0 4 1 2 17 A BURKS 1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 J POSEY DNP - RIGHT HIP CONTUSION J TSAKALIDIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 40-73 16-22 13 22 35 21 28 8 11 99 (.548) (.727) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 12 (17 PTS) SEATTLE 19 25 28 30 - 102 MEMPHIS 21 29 28 21 - 99 BLOCKED SHOTS: SEATTLE - J JAMES 2, N COLLISON. MEMPHIS - S BATTIER 3, S SWIFT 2, L WRIGHT, B WELLS, B CARDINAL. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SEATTLE 10-20 (.500), R EVANS 0-1, R MURRAY 0-3, L RIDNOUR 1-4, R ALLEN 5-7, A DANIELS 1-1, D WILKINS 3-4. MEMPHIS 3- 16 (.188), S BATTIER 2-4, J WILLIAMS 0-1, M MILLER 0-3, B CARDINAL 0- 1, E WATSON 1-4, B WELLS 0-2, A BURKS 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: SEATTLE - R EVANS. MEMPHIS - L WRIGHT. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BLANE REICHELT, JOE FORTE, SCOTT WALL. A - 17,256. T - 2:27.


Game Story

MEMPHIS, Tennessee (Ticker) -- Luke Ridnour did not want the Seattle SuperSonics to wait another day to clinch a playoff berth. Ridnour scored nine of his 15 points in the final four-plus minutes as the SuperSonics rallied to defeat the Memphis Grizzlies, 102-99, and clinch their first playoff berth in three years. The win was especially impressive considering the SuperSonics were without injured All-Star forward Rashard Lewis (bruised right foot) and big man Danny Fortson, who did not travel with the team after refusing to enter the game vs. New York on Friday. "This is a big win for us, to come on the road and have guys down and find a way to win like that," Ridnour said. "It feels good to make sure we're in the playoffs. ... We have to keep it going now." Jerome James added a career-high 22 points on 9-of-11 shooting and Ray Allen chipped in 22 despite shooting 8-of-20 for Seattle (49-21), the Northwest Division leader and the third Western Conference team to secure a postseason berth. After failing to secure a playoff berth vs. Washington on Sunday, Seattle trailed by as many as 14 points in the third quarter and 92-85 after a runner by Memphis' Earl Watson with 5:13 to play. But Allen nailed a 3-pointer to trigger a 10-0 run, which ended when James split a pair of free throws for a 95-92 edge with 2:06 to play. After Grizzlies tied the game at 99-99 on a three-point play by Pau Gasol with 46 seconds left, James gave Seattle the lead when he split two free throws with 27 seconds to go. "You saw tonight that there were matchup problems in the post," James said. "We knew they couldn't stop us on the inside and we just kept pounding it to the in the paint, and I was able to get to the line." Seattle rookie Damien Wilkins, who scored 13 points, knocked the ball off Grizzlies forward Shane Battier and out of bounds seconds later. Ridnour calmly sank a pair of free throws for a 102-99 lead with 15 seconds remaining. Memphis forward Mike Miller missed two open looks at a tying 3-pointer before time expired. "Coach (Nate McMillan) told us to switch everything (on the Grizzlies' final possession) and get rebounds," Ridnour said. "We did everything but rebound. I mean, they had looks and got the rebounds, but thank the lord they missed them." Seattle went on an 18-7 run bridging the third and fourth periods, tying the game at 83-83 on a jumper by Ridnour with 9:17 remaining. Wilkins had a pair of 3-pointers in the run for the SuperSonics, who had trailed since the 8:48 mark in the first quarter. "Damien has a big heart, and he's not afraid," Sonics coach Nate McMillan said. "You know when you're 12th man on the bench, you just have to make things happen to get minutes. Tonight he made things happen, and it made a difference." Memphis held Seattle to 32 percent (16-of-50) shooting in the first half while hitting 22 of its 37 shots to take a 50-44 lead into the break. In the second half, Seattle sank 20-of-29 shots, including 8-of-11 from the arc. Allen scored 16 of his 22 points in the second half for Seattle, which shot 46 percent (36-of-79) and sank 10-of-20 from the arc. "We just didn't get enough defensive stops to win this game," said Battier, who scored 16 points. "To win these close games you have to get some defensive boards, and we didn't get enough." "They knew what to look for on every possession," Gasol said. "They played well down the stretch. I mean, we fought back and showed some character, but that's not enough. We just have to do what it takes to win games - bottom line." Gasol scored 24 points to pace the Grizzlies, who shot 55 percent (40-of-73) overall but made just 3-of-16 3-pointers. The Grizzlies saw their lead over Denver for seventh place in the West slip to one-half game. With the win, the SuperSonics improved to 26-11 against teams above .500 and to 25-9 on the road, the NBA's second-best road record.


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