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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SEATTLE 28 19 25 15 87 ATLANTA 20 22 27 20 89 FINAL


SEATTLE (87) AT ATLANTA (89)

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

SCHREMPF F 37 6-10 4-4 1 6 7 4 4 0 0 16 BAKER F 37 8-13 1-2 3 4 7 1 2 0 2 17 WILLIAMS C 14 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 HAWKINS G 28 4-8 0-0 1 2 3 2 3 1 0 11 PAYTON G 38 4-14 2-2 2 2 4 11 2 1 0 10 MCILVAINE 12 1-4 0-0 0 3 3 0 5 0 1 2 PERKINS 22 3-10 0-0 1 1 2 1 3 2 1 6 KERSEY 22 3-6 0-0 1 2 3 1 5 1 0 6 ELLIS 20 7-9 0-0 0 3 3 0 1 0 1 15 ANTHONY 9 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 7 0 0 1 2 WINGATE 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 SNOW DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-80 7-8 9 24 33 27 25 5 6 87 (.475) (.875) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 6(8 PTS)

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

CORBIN F 32 4-9 1-2 2 5 7 1 2 1 0 9 LAETTNER F 36 6-12 5-6 3 4 7 1 4 0 4 17 MUTOMBO C 40 6-11 3-4 4 5 9 2 1 0 2 15 SMITH G 43 8-15 3-3 1 5 6 5 2 1 3 21 BLAYLOCK G 39 2-8 1-2 2 4 6 4 2 1 1 6 BROWN 10 0-1 2-2 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 2 HENDERSON 25 2-8 4-6 2 3 5 1 1 0 1 8 GRAY 15 3-9 4-5 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 11 ANDERSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION CRAWFORD DNP - COACH'S DECISION LIVINGSTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION MILLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-73 23-30 14 30 44 14 14 3 12 89 (.425) (.767) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 12(14 PTS)

SEATTLE 28 19 25 15 - 87 ATLANTA 20 22 27 20 - 89

BLOCKED SHOTS: SEATTLE - KERSEY 2, BAKER, WILLIAMS, MCILVAINE, SCHREMPF. ATLANTA - MUTOMBO 5, LAETTNER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SEATTLE 4-14 (.286), HAWKINS 3-6, PAYTON 0-1, PERKINS 0-3, KERSEY 0-1, ELLIS 1-2, ANTHONY 0-1. ATLANTA 4-17 (.235), CORBIN 0-2, LAETTNER 0-1, SMITH 2-7, BLAYLOCK 1-4, GRAY 1-3. TECHNICALS: SEATTLE - SCHREMPF. OFFICIALS: ED F RUSH, KEN MAUER, RASHAN MICHEL. A - 18,122. T - 2:04.


SEATTLE (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Schrempf 37 6-10 4-4 1-7 4 4 16 Baker 37 8-13 1-2 3-7 1 2 17 Williams 14 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Hawkins 28 4-8 0-0 1-3 2 3 11 Payton 38 4-14 2-2 2-4 11 2 10 Mcilvaine 12 1-4 0-0 0-3 0 5 2 Perkins 22 3-10 0-0 1-2 1 3 6 Kersey 22 3-6 0-0 1-3 1 5 6 Ellis 20 7-9 0-0 0-3 0 1 15 Anthony 9 1-3 0-0 0-1 7 0 2 Wingate 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Snow DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-80 7-8 9-33 27 25 87 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.475, FT-.875. 3-Point Goals: 4-14, .286 (Hawkins 3-6, Payton 0-1, Perkins 0-3, Kersey 0-1, Ellis 1-2, Anthony 0-1). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 6 (Kersey 2, Baker, Williams, Mcilvaine, Schrempf). Turnovers: 6 (Baker 2, Anthony, Ellis, Mcilvaine, Perkins). Steals: 5 (Perkins 2, Hawkins, Kersey, Payton).

ATLANTA (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Corbin 32 4-9 1-2 2-7 1 2 9 Laettner 36 6-12 5-6 3-7 1 4 17 Mutombo 40 6-11 3-4 4-9 2 1 15 Smith 43 8-15 3-3 1-6 5 2 21 Blaylock 39 2-8 1-2 2-6 4 2 6 Brown 10 0-1 2-2 0-1 0 2 2 Henderson 25 2-8 4-6 2-5 1 1 8 Gray 15 3-9 4-5 0-3 0 0 11 Anderson DNP - coach's decision Crawford DNP - coach's decision Livingston DNP - coach's decision Miller DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-73 23-30 14-44 14 14 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.425, FT-.767. 3-Point Goals: 4-17, .235 (Corbin 0-2, Laettner 0-1, Smith 2-7, Blaylock 1-4, Gray 1-3). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 6 (Mutombo 5, Laettner). Turnovers: 12 (Laettner 4, Smith 3, Mutombo 2, Blaylock, Brown, Henderson). Steals: 3 (Blaylock, Corbin, Smith). ____________________________________________ Seattle 28 19 25 15 - 87 Atlanta 20 22 27 20 - 89 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Seattle 1 (Schrempf, 4:23 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,122. T: 2:04. Officials: Ed F Rush, Ken Mauer, Rashan Michel.


GAME RECAP

Steve Smith scored 21 points, including a turnaround jumper with 4.9 seconds left that capped a fourth-quarter comeback and lifted the unbeaten Atlanta Hawks to their seventh straight victory, 89-87 over the Seattle SuperSonics.

The Hawks, one of just two unbeaten teams, are off to their best start since moving from St. Louis to Atlanta in 1968. The Los Angeles Lakers also are undefeated.

With the score tied, Smith connected on a 15-footer from the left baseline over 1996 Defensive Player of the Year Gary Payton. In last season's meeting at Atlanta, Payton blocked a shot at the buzzer to preserve a win for the SuperSonics.

"I felt good on that," the 6-8 Smith said, referring to the winning shot. "You can't put it on the floor with Gary there. I just tried to get up as high as I could and take the shot."

"My hand was in his face," the 6-4 Payton said. "He turned and made the shot. It was a tough shot. That's a great shot. You just have to give him credit."

Dale Ellis' three-pointer with 5:57 remaining gave Seattle an 85-77 lead before Atlanta closed the game with a 12-2 run.

Rookie Ed Gray, who had five points in the spurt, sank one of two free throws and added a layup to cut the deficit to 85-80 with 4:28 remaining.

After Seattle's Detlef Schrempf hit two free throws for an 87-80 advantage, Christian Laettner sank a pair and Gray converted a three-point play to slice the margin to 87-85 with three minutes left. Gray finished with 11 points in 15 minutes.

Alan Henderson's dunk with 2:35 left tied it, 87-87. The Sonics had a chance for the lead but Schrempf's runner in the lane rattled out with 22 seconds left. After Smith's shot, Payton had a chance to send the game into overtime, but his layup rolled off the rim as time expired.

Vin Baker scored 21 points for the Sonics, who had a four-game winning streak snapped and lost on the road for the first time in five games. Baker connected on 8-of-13 shots as Seattle shot 48 percent (38-for-80) from the field.

"We would've loved to have this one," Baker said. "We probably should've. We feel good about 3-1 on the road trip."

Schrempf scored eight of his 16 points in the first quarter and Hersey Hawkins added eight as the Sonics opened a 28-20 lead.

Ellis' layup with 5:37 remaining in the second quarter gave the Sonics their biggest lead at 42-28 before the Hawks closed the half with a 14-5 spurt to close to 47-42.

Ellis finished with 15 points on 7-of-9 from the floor while Payton finished with 10 points and 11 assists, including nine in the first half.

The Sonics rebuilt the lead to 62-52 midway through the third quarter, but the Hawks went on a 15-4 burst, capped by two free throws from Smith with 2:36 left, to take their first lead of the game, 67-66. Smith scored eight points in the run and 13 in the quarter.

"Seattle shot the ball extremely well in the beginning and we were flat," Atlanta coach Lenny Wilkens said. "In games like this you have to hang in there and be tough. I think we did that. Good teams find ways to win."

Smith connected on 8-of-15 shots for Atlanta, which shot 43 percent (31-for-73). Dikembe Mutombo added 15 points, nine rebounds and five blocks for the Hawks.

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