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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- HOUSTON 24 23 22 25 94 SEATTLE 29 32 31 26 118 FINAL


HOUSTON (94) AT SEATTLE (118)

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

BARKLEY F 28 7-9 2-2 5 6 11 1 4 0 4 17 ELIE F 23 1-6 1-1 0 1 1 4 2 1 2 3 OLAJUWON C 32 4-7 0-0 1 3 4 3 4 4 3 8 DREXLER G 25 3-10 2-2 0 3 3 0 2 0 2 9 MALONEY G 14 2-5 2-2 0 0 0 0 1 0 5 6 JOHNSON 25 5-14 3-4 1 3 4 0 2 1 1 15 BULLARD 13 3-6 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 9 WILLIS 25 3-6 5-6 2 5 7 1 2 0 3 11 PRICE 22 1-6 1-1 2 1 3 5 0 0 2 4 RHODES 17 1-5 7-8 0 0 0 4 3 5 3 10 DAVIS 12 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 2 1 0 1 0 HARRINGTON 4 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2

TOTALS 240 31-78 23-26 11 25 36 21 22 11 26 94 (.397) (.885) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 28(32 PTS)

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

BAKER F 32 10-14 0-2 1 4 5 0 4 3 4 20 SCHREMPF F 31 5-9 10-10 0 4 4 6 4 1 1 22 WILLIAMS C 23 5-5 2-2 0 3 3 0 4 1 1 12 HAWKINS G 25 0-2 2-2 0 3 3 2 0 2 1 2 PAYTON G 38 11-18 3-4 0 3 3 12 2 6 3 27 PERKINS 24 2-3 1-2 0 3 3 2 4 1 0 6 KERSEY 18 3-7 0-0 2 3 5 1 3 1 2 6 ELLIS 20 6-12 2-2 1 0 1 1 2 1 2 17 MCILVAINE 11 0-1 0-0 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 0 ANTHONY 10 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 5 1 0 3 0 SNOW 4 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 2 WINGATE 4 2-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 4

TOTALS 240 45-77 20-24 5 27 32 30 27 17 19 118 (.584) (.833) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 19(11 PTS)

HOUSTON 24 23 22 25 - 94 SEATTLE 29 32 31 26 - 118

BLOCKED SHOTS: HOUSTON - OLAJUWON. SEATTLE - BAKER, WILLIAMS, HAWKINS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: HOUSTON 9-30 (.300), BARKLEY 1-2, ELIE 0-3, DREXLER 1-5, MALONEY 0-3, JOHNSON 2-6, BULLARD 3-5, PRICE 1-4, RHODES 1-1, DAVIS 0-1. SEATTLE 8-18 (.444), SCHREMPF 2-4, HAWKINS 0-1, PAYTON 2-3, PERKINS 1-2, ELLIS 3-7, SNOW 0-1. TECHNICALS: SEATTLE - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: DAN CRAWFORD, JOE DEROSA, LEON WOOD. A - 17,072. T - 2:06.


HOUSTON (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Barkley 28 7-9 2-2 5-11 1 4 17 Elie 23 1-6 1-1 0-1 4 2 3 Olajuwon 32 4-7 0-0 1-4 3 4 8 Drexler 25 3-10 2-2 0-3 0 2 9 Maloney 14 2-5 2-2 0-0 0 1 6 Johnson 25 5-14 3-4 1-4 0 2 15 Bullard 13 3-6 0-0 0-1 1 1 9 Willis 25 3-6 5-6 2-7 1 2 11 Price 22 1-6 1-1 2-3 5 0 4 Rhodes 17 1-5 7-8 0-0 4 3 10 Davis 12 0-1 0-0 0-2 2 1 0 Harrington 4 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-78 23-26 11-36 21 22 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.397, FT-.885. 3-Point Goals: 9-30, .300 (Barkley 1-2, Elie 0-3, Drexler 1-5, Maloney 0-3, Johnson 2-6, Bullard 3-5, Price 1-4, Rhodes 1-1, Davis 0-1). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 1 (Olajuwon). Turnovers: 28 (Maloney 5, Barkley 4, Olajuwon 3, Rhodes 3, Willis 3, Drexler 2, Elie 2, Price 2, Davis, Johnson). Steals: 11 (Rhodes 5, Olajuwon 4, Elie, Johnson).

SEATTLE (118) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Baker 32 10-14 0-2 1-5 0 4 20 Schrempf 31 5-9 10-10 0-4 6 4 22 Williams 23 5-5 2-2 0-3 0 4 12 Hawkins 25 0-2 2-2 0-3 2 0 2 Payton 38 11-18 3-4 0-3 12 2 27 Perkins 24 2-3 1-2 0-3 2 4 6 Kersey 18 3-7 0-0 2-5 1 3 6 Ellis 20 6-12 2-2 1-1 1 2 17 Mcilvaine 11 0-1 0-0 1-2 1 1 0 Anthony 10 0-1 0-0 0-1 5 1 0 Snow 4 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 2 2 Wingate 4 2-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 4 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 45-77 20-24 5-32 30 27 118 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.584, FT-.833. 3-Point Goals: 8-18, .444 (Schrempf 2-4, Hawkins 0-1, Payton 2-3, Perkins 1-2, Ellis 3-7, Snow 0-1). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 3 (Baker, Williams, Hawkins). Turnovers: 19 (Baker 4, Anthony 3, Payton 3, Ellis 2, Kersey 2, Hawkins, Mcilvaine, Schrempf, Snow, Williams). Steals: 17 (Payton 6, Baker 3, Hawkins 2, Ellis, Kersey, Mcilvaine, Perkins, Schrempf, Williams). ____________________________________________ Houston 24 23 22 25 - 94 Seattle 29 32 31 26 - 118 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Seattle 1 (Illegal Defense, 8:54 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,072. T: 2:06. Officials: Dan Crawford, Joe Derosa, Leon Wood.


GAME RECAP

Gary Payton had 27 points and 12 assists and Dale Ellis led a second-quarter surge as the Seattle SuperSonics sent an early message to the Houston Rockets with a convincing 118-94 victory.

Detlef Schrempf scored 22 points and Vin Baker added 20 for the SuperSonics, who were in control throughout and led by as many as 29 points. Seattle limited All-Stars Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler to single digits.

The SuperSonics and Rockets have met in the Western Conference semifinals in each of the last two seasons. Seattle swept Houston in 1996, extending its winning streak in the series to 13 games. The Rockets won three of four regular-season meetings last season and eliminated the Sonics in seven playoff games.

"To come out and really have a chance to gauge your team against a team like Houston, and play the way we did, makes everyone feel good," said Baker, who was 10-of-14 from the field. "We still have a lot of work to do but this is a step in the right direction."

Charles Barkley had 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Rockets, who had won their first two games. Not counting the postseason, they have lost 10 of their last 12 games in Seattle.

"We got our butts kicked," Barkley said. "It started with Vin Baker kicking my butt. And we turned the ball over too much. It was embarrassing out there. But we can't make excuses. Seattle played terrific."

Baker scored 12 points and Payton nine in the first quarter but three-pointers by Barkley to close the period and Drexler to open the second quarter pulled Houston within 29-27.

But Ellis, acquired in a trade with Denver, took over. He had 10 points in a 17-5 explosion, starting and capping it with three-pointers as Seattle built a 46-32 lead with 6:47 left in the second quarter.

"We tried to get him (Baker) into a rhythm because that opens everything up for us on the outside," said Payton, who shot 11-of-18 and made six steals. "We tried to get him off and he did a good job hitting the shots."

The Sonics led 61-47 at halftime and began the third period with a 9-2 burst. Schrempf had two free throws, an 18-footer and a three-pointer to expand the advantage to 70-49 with 6:47 to go in the quarter.

The lead grew to 26 points late in the third quarter before the Rockets closed to 95-79 with eight minutes left. But the Sonics regrouped and opened their largest lead at 116-87 on a basket by Eric Snow with 1:26 remaining.

"Tonight we ran the ball better up and down the court," Seattle coach George Karl said. "We had almost all the elements of our offense involved in the game."

"They just got a lot more easy baskets, and we had to struggle for every basket we got," Rockets swingman Mario Elie.

Aaron Williams scored 12 points for Seattle, which shot a blistering 58 percent (45-of-77) from the field and forced 28 turnovers.

Eddie Johnson scored 15 points for Houston, which shot under 40 percent (31-of-78), including 9-of-30 from three-point range. Drexler scored just nine points and Olajuwon eight.

"To be honest, I was shocked at our intensity level," Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich said. "They got nine points on three-pointers when they didn't even run a play. It's just not being ready and you can't beat a good team like that."

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