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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SEATTLE 31 27 17 19 94 DETROIT 23 23 22 21 89 FINAL


SEATTLE (94) AT DETROIT (89)

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

SCHREMPF F 38 1-9 2-4 5 7 12 5 1 1 3 4 BAKER F 37 12-22 7-11 3 5 8 1 3 1 1 31 MCILVAINE C 15 4-5 0-0 2 0 2 0 2 0 0 8 PAYTON G 39 6-17 3-4 4 6 10 9 4 1 1 17 HAWKINS G 31 2-8 2-2 1 4 5 1 1 1 2 8 PERKINS 23 3-8 0-0 2 2 4 2 3 0 1 8 ELLIS 26 4-7 3-4 1 2 3 0 1 0 1 12 WILLIAMS 9 1-1 1-2 0 2 2 0 2 0 1 3 WINGATE 13 1-1 1-2 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 3 ANTHONY 9 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 COTTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION SNOW DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-80 19-29 18 30 48 20 20 4 10 94 (.425) (.655) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 11(11 PTS)

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

HILL F 43 10-23 7-8 1 9 10 8 2 2 1 27 RATLIFF F 34 3-7 3-4 2 2 4 0 4 0 1 9 B WILLIAMS C 43 11-17 4-5 8 12 20 1 3 0 3 26 DUMARS G 40 3-10 0-0 0 2 2 3 4 1 1 9 HUNTER G 41 6-21 0-1 2 1 3 5 3 1 0 15 LONG 8 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 SEALY 16 1-4 0-0 1 3 4 2 3 0 1 2 REID 5 0-0 1-4 1 0 1 0 4 1 0 1 MCKIE 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 J WILLIAMS 7 0-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 MAHORN DNP - COACH'S DECISION POLLARD DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-84 15-22 16 29 45 19 27 6 9 89 (.405) (.682) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 11(10 PTS)

SEATTLE 31 27 17 19 - 94 DETROIT 23 23 22 21 - 89

BLOCKED SHOTS: SEATTLE - MCILVAINE 3, BAKER 2, PAYTON, PERKINS. DETROIT - RATLIFF 5, HILL 2, B WILLIAMS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SEATTLE 7-20 (.350), SCHREMPF 0-1, PAYTON 2-5, HAWKINS 2-7, PERKINS 2-3, ELLIS 1-3, ANTHONY 0-1. DETROIT 6-19 (.316), HILL 0-1, DUMARS 3-7, HUNTER 3-10, SEALY 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: TOM WASHINGTON, GREG WILLARD, BERNIE FRYER. A - 18,424. T - 2:11.


SEATTLE (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Schrempf 38 1-9 2-4 5-12 5 1 4 Baker 37 12-22 7-11 3-8 1 3 31 Mcilvaine 15 4-5 0-0 2-2 0 2 8 Payton 39 6-17 3-4 4-10 9 4 17 Hawkins 31 2-8 2-2 1-5 1 1 8 Perkins 23 3-8 0-0 2-4 2 3 8 Ellis 26 4-7 3-4 1-3 0 1 12 Williams 9 1-1 1-2 0-2 0 2 3 Wingate 13 1-1 1-2 0-2 0 2 3 Anthony 9 0-2 0-0 0-0 2 1 0 Cotton DNP - coach's decision Snow DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-80 19-29 18-48 20 20 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.425, FT-.655. 3-Point Goals: 7-20, .350 (Schrempf 0-1, Payton 2-5, Hawkins 2-7, Perkins 2-3, Ellis 1-3, Anthony 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 7 (Mcilvaine 3, Baker 2, Payton, Perkins). Turnovers: 11 (Schrempf 3, Hawkins 2, Baker, Ellis, Payton, Perkins, Williams). Steals: 4 (Baker, Hawkins, Payton, Schrempf).

DETROIT (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 43 10-23 7-8 1-10 8 2 27 Ratliff 34 3-7 3-4 2-4 0 4 9 B Williams 43 11-17 4-5 8-20 1 3 26 Dumars 40 3-10 0-0 0-2 3 4 9 Hunter 41 6-21 0-1 2-3 5 3 15 Long 8 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Sealy 16 1-4 0-0 1-4 2 3 2 Reid 5 0-0 1-4 1-1 0 4 1 Mckie 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 J Williams 7 0-2 0-0 1-1 0 2 0 Mahorn DNP - coach's decision Pollard DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-84 15-22 16-45 19 27 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.405, FT-.682. 3-Point Goals: 6-19, .316 (Hill 0-1, Dumars 3-7, Hunter 3-10, Sealy 0-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 8 (Ratliff 5, Hill 2, B Williams). Turnovers: 11 (B Williams 3, Dumars, Hill, J Williams, Long, Ratliff, Sealy). Steals: 6 (Hill 2, Dumars, Hunter, Long, Reid). ____________________________________________ Seattle 31 27 17 19 - 94 Detroit 23 23 22 21 - 89 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,424. T: 2:11. Officials: Tom Washington, Greg Willard, Bernie Fryer.


GAME RECAP

Vin Baker had 31 points and eight rebounds and Gary Payton came within one assist of a triple-double, leading the Seattle SuperSonics to their ninth win in 10 games, 94-89 over the Detroit Pistons.

Payton had 17 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists to just miss his seventh career triple-double as Seattle improved to 2-1 on its five-game road trip. Detlef Schrempf grabbed a season-high 12 rebounds for the SuperSonics, who received 26 points from their bench to Detroit's three.

"I got going early with a lot of end runouts and postups," Baker said. "That elevated my confidence. I set my mind on getting in the deep post because they have a lot of good shot blockers. We kept our composure and made some big shots down the stretch. We got a great effort from guys coming off the bench. They kept us in the groove of the game. If we have everything going defensively and are clicking offensively, we're one of the better teams around."

Grant Hill had 27 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists and Brian Williams added 26 points and a career-high 20 boards for the Pistons, who have lost four of their last six games.

"Our transition defense was poor," Hill said. "We've got to do a better job of that. There were too many plays where our guards had to pick up their big men and their guards were able to spot up for a three. Maybe against Seattle you've got to send fewer guys to the boards. Seattle's a good team. We tried hard and we competed tonight. Sometimes you're just going to lose a game to a better team."

Seattle took control with a 16-3 run that bridged the first two periods. Aaron Williams made a jumper to cap the run and give the Sonics their biggest lead of the game, 36-23, with 10 minutes left in the second quarter.

Joe Dumars sank a three-pointer to cap a 14-4 surge and pull the Pistons within, 40-37, with 5:54 left in the second. But four of Seattle's last five baskets in the second were three-pointers and the Sonics took a 58-46 lead into halftime.

"The first half was the best we've played in a long time, especially rhythm-wise," said Seattle coach George Karl. "The second half was tight which was the kind of ballgame we expected. Detroit doesn't have a real stellar record, but they've played a lot of close games. We played a professionally solid basketball game against a good team. We had to handle Grant Hill, they had to handle Vin Baker and Gary Payton."

"It was almost like two games out there tonight," said Detroit coach Doug Collins. "In the first half we did a very poor job of getting back in transition. We did a much better job in the second half of getting them in a half-court game. We only gave them 46 points. It seems like we just couldn't get one to go into the basket. They had some critical offensive rebounds that really hurt us in that one stretch."

Detroit cut the deficit to 70-66 on a basket by Williams with 5:20 left in the third. But Baker converted a three-point play to cap an 8-2 spurt and give the Sonics a 73-66 advantage with 3:45 to go in the third. The Pistons pulled within, 82-79, on a dunk by Williams with 7:15 left in the fourth. But Detroit went cold from the field and Dale Ellis sank a pair of free throws to cap a 9-2 burst and give the Sonics a 91-81 lead with 1:54 to play.

"When they cut it to three we made some good passing decisions, tightened up the defense, rebounded the ball and won the game," Karl said.

Detroit's guards combined to shoot just 31 percent (9-for-29) from the floor.

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