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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SEATTLE 24 28 16 23 91 PORTLAND 20 21 26 16 83 FINAL


SEATTLE (91) AT PORTLAND (83)

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

SCHREMPF F 37 5-13 3-4 1 8 9 3 3 1 5 13 BAKER F 38 6-13 5-8 4 4 8 2 3 1 5 17 WILLIAMS C 22 4-6 0-2 2 1 3 0 4 0 3 8 HAWKINS G 27 4-7 0-0 0 1 1 2 2 3 1 10 PAYTON G 39 6-17 4-7 1 3 4 6 2 3 3 16 PERKINS 20 3-6 0-0 0 3 3 4 2 1 0 6 KERSEY 27 2-7 1-2 4 5 9 2 3 3 1 5 ELLIS 21 5-9 2-3 1 1 2 0 2 3 0 14 ANTHONY 9 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 2 MCILVAINE DNP - FLU SNOW DNP - COACH'S DECISION WINGATE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-79 15-26 13 26 39 21 22 16 18 91 (.456) (.577) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 18(13 PTS)

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

WALLACE F 39 6-11 2-4 2 6 8 2 5 1 3 14 GRANT F 43 8-14 3-5 7 4 11 2 2 0 2 19 SABONIS C 33 6-10 1-5 2 6 8 5 4 1 6 14 AUGMON G 41 5-12 1-6 3 5 8 3 1 6 5 11 CROTTY G 34 5-8 4-4 0 2 2 8 3 2 7 17 CATO 13 0-3 0-0 4 2 6 0 0 0 0 0 HIGGINS 10 0-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 ANDERSON 15 1-9 2-2 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 4 ONEAL 4 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 ASKEW 8 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 RIDER DNP - SUSPENDED BY TEAM WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-74 13-26 18 26 44 21 19 12 25 83 (.446) (.500) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 26(29 PTS)

SEATTLE 24 28 16 23 - 91 PORTLAND 20 21 26 16 - 83

BLOCKED SHOTS: SEATTLE - BAKER 2, PERKINS. PORTLAND - WALLACE 3, SABONIS 2, GRANT, ASKEW. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SEATTLE 4-13 (.308), SCHREMPF 0-2, BAKER 0-1, HAWKINS 2-3, PAYTON 0-3, PERKINS 0-2, ELLIS 2-2. PORTLAND 4-12 (.333), WALLACE 0-2, SABONIS 1-3, CROTTY 3-4, HIGGINS 0-2, ANDERSON 0-1. TECHNICALS: SEATTLE - SCHREMPF, PORTLAND - WALLACE. OFFICIALS: BILL SPOONER, DICK BAVETTA, JIM CLARK. A - 21,538. T - 2:12.


SEATTLE (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Schrempf 37 5-13 3-4 1-9 3 3 13 Baker 38 6-13 5-8 4-8 2 3 17 Williams 22 4-6 0-2 2-3 0 4 8 Hawkins 27 4-7 0-0 0-1 2 2 10 Payton 39 6-17 4-7 1-4 6 2 16 Perkins 20 3-6 0-0 0-3 4 2 6 Kersey 27 2-7 1-2 4-9 2 3 5 Ellis 21 5-9 2-3 1-2 0 2 14 Anthony 9 1-1 0-0 0-0 2 1 2 Mcilvaine DNP - flu Snow DNP - coach's decision Wingate DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-79 15-26 13-39 21 22 91 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.456, FT-.577. 3-Point Goals: 4-13, .308 (Schrempf 0-2, Baker 0-1, Hawkins 2-3, Payton 0-3, Perkins 0-2, Ellis 2-2). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 3 (Baker 2, Perkins). Turnovers: 18 (Baker 5, Schrempf 5, Payton 3, Williams 3, Hawkins, Kersey). Steals: 16 (Ellis 3, Hawkins 3, Kersey 3, Payton 3, Anthony, Baker, Perkins, Schrempf).

PORTLAND (83) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Wallace 39 6-11 2-4 2-8 2 5 14 Grant 43 8-14 3-5 7-11 2 2 19 Sabonis 33 6-10 1-5 2-8 5 4 14 Augmon 41 5-12 1-6 3-8 3 1 11 Crotty 34 5-8 4-4 0-2 8 3 17 Cato 13 0-3 0-0 4-6 0 0 0 Higgins 10 0-4 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Anderson 15 1-9 2-2 0-1 1 0 4 Oneal 4 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 Askew 8 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 Rider DNP - suspended by team Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-74 13-26 18-44 21 19 83 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.446, FT-.500. 3-Point Goals: 4-12, .333 (Wallace 0-2, Sabonis 1-3, Crotty 3-4, Higgins 0-2, Anderson 0-1). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 7 (Wallace 3, Sabonis 2, Grant, Askew). Turnovers: 26 (Crotty 7, Sabonis 6, Augmon 5, Wallace 3, Grant 2, Anderson, Oneal). Steals: 12 (Augmon 6, Crotty 2, Anderson, Higgins, Sabonis, Wallace). ____________________________________________ Seattle 24 28 16 23 - 91 Portland 20 21 26 16 - 83 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Seattle 1 (Schrempf, 4:21 4th). Portland 1 (Wallace, 1:49 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 21,538. T: 2:12. Officials: Bill Spooner, Dick Bavetta, Jim Clark.


GAME RECAP

Detlef Schrempf had 11 of his 13 points in the fourth quarter and the Seattle SuperSonics scored the final nine points to pull out a 91-83 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers in the season opener for both teams.

Schrempf drained a jumper to give Seattle an 82-81 edge with 3:15 to play, but Portland's Rasheed Wallace responded with two free throws with 2:33 remaining. That would be the Blazers' final lead and points, as Schrempf sank a pair of foul shots and a jumper to put the SuperSonics ahead for good. Gary Payton hit back-to-back layups and Schrempf added another free throw in the waning seconds.

Schrempf, who grabbed nine rebounds, made just 1-of-7 shots in the first three quarters but hit 4-of-6 in the final frame.

"I couldn't make a shot early on. It wasn't a pretty game, but we hung in there," Schrempf said. "I had no rhythm at all, I wasn't ready to shoot the ball tonight. I guess I waited until it counted."

Payton had 16 points and six assists and Vin Baker, who came to Seattle during the offseason in the blockbuster Shawn Kemp deal, registered 17 points and eight rebounds.

"It went well tonight, there is so much hype that the emotions were high," Baker said. "This type of game will bring us closer together. This team has more unity than any other I've ever played on."

Portland's Brian Grant had 19 points and 11 rebounds while fellow free-agent acquisition John Crotty had 17 points and nine assists in coach Mike Dunleavy's unsuccessful debut with the Trail Blazers.

"We had some guys that were making adjustments to their positions. We had trouble executing," Crotty said. "I think our effort was there. We had great enthusiasm early but we couldn't sustain it, but we will be OK."

Arvydas Sabonis hit a layup early in the fourth quarter to give Portland a 75-72 edge, matching its biggest of the game.

Payton answered with a pair of free throws, sparking a 6-0 spurt. Schrempf converted a layup and Baker drained a jumper with 6:55 to go for a 78-75 lead.

With Seattle leading 80-77 with 4:21 to go, Schrempf complained after being called for a foul and was eventually whistled for a technical. Crotty hit the ensuing free throw and shortly thereafter, Sabonis sank a three-pointer to put the Blazers on top, 81-80.

Oddly enough, Schrempf believed this was the key to the Sonics' fourth-quarter surge. Seattle held Portland to two points over the final 4:08.

"Things weren't going our way until the technical in the final period, but it seemed to work for us," Schrempf said. "It got us turned around."

"Seattle is a veteran team that knows how to win games like this," Crotty said. "We need to learn from this and regroup as a team."

The Sonics shot just 46 percent (36-for-79) from the field, but made 16 steals and forced 25 turnovers. They committed 18 turnovers and held Portland to 46 percent shooting, but were outrebounded, 44-39.

"It wasn't pretty, but it was a good win," Sonics coach George Karl said. "It's great to win with defense. We kept plugging defensively."

"We pulled out an ugly win, and that will help us. ... It was big to win this one," Baker said. "Rebounding was a problem, we were fortunate to win because we didn't get bodies on people."

Portland made just 13-of-26 free throws (50 percent) and Seattle hit just 15-of-26 (58 percent).

Seattle took control early on with a 16-2 run that bridged the first and second quarters. Payton hit a layup and Baker sank two foul shots as the Sonics scored the final five points of the opening quarter for a 24-20 edge. Dale Ellis, who signed with the Sonics as a free agent during the offseason, capped the run with a layup for a 35-22 cushion with 8:55 left before halftime.

Ellis scored nine of his 14 points in the second quarter, leading the Sonics to a 52-41 halftime lead.

Trailing 66-55 midway through the third quarter, the Blazers embarked on a 12-0 run for the first lead since late in the first quarter. Wallace hit back-to-back buckets to highlight that stretch, but Crotty sparked the spurt with a three-pointer and capped it with two free throws with 2:46 left.

"I expected Portland to make a run," Karl said. "We gave them plays off our bad decisions, then we made good ones in the final quarter. This was borderline ugly, but a win."

The only other points of the third would be two free throws by Ellis with 1:34 left, which gave Seattle a 68-67 edge heading to the fourth quarter.

Crotty got the start in place of Kenny Anderson, who played just 15 minutes due to a sprained left ankle he suffered during the preseason. Anderson, who scored all four of his points in the fourth quarter, missed the final four exhibition games. The Blazers also played withour guard Isaiah Rider, who is serving a two-game suspension.

"I felt fine tonight. I wanted to play more, but John played great when we were shorthanded," Anderson said. "We could have pulled this one out, but we couldn't make the plays down the stretch and they did."

Wallace and Sabonis each had 14 points and Stacey Augmon chipped in 11 for Portland. Those three starters pulled down eight rebounds apiece.

Hersey Hawkins scored 10 points for Seattle and free-agent acquisition Jerome Kersey, playing with his fourth Pacific Division team, contributed five points and nine boards off the bench.

"I thought the key to the game was Jerome Kersey. He was fantastic in his rebounding," Karl said.

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