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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- ATLANTA 18 27 22 26 93 SACRAMENTO 21 25 21 22 89 FINAL


ATLANTA (93) AT SACRAMENTO (89)

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

LAETTNER F 46 4-5 6-8 1 4 5 5 4 0 4 14 CORBIN F 33 3-9 0-0 1 2 3 3 4 0 1 6 MUTOMBO C 36 3-9 2-2 4 9 13 0 5 0 5 8 SMITH G 36 4-12 11-11 1 4 5 3 2 2 3 19 BLAYLOCK G 44 9-18 4-5 1 4 5 5 3 5 4 26 RECASNER 21 5-9 2-2 0 2 2 0 3 0 1 13 BROWN 21 2-6 1-1 3 2 5 0 0 1 0 5 ANDERSON 3 0-1 2-2 0 2 2 1 3 0 0 2 CRAWFORD DNP - COACH'S DECISION GRAY DNP - COACH'S DECISION HENDERSON DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE LIVINGSTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-69 28-31 11 29 40 17 24 8 18 93 (.435) (.903) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 20(16 PTS)

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

C WILLIAMSON F 46 9-18 2-5 3 4 7 6 5 1 3 20 OWENS F 28 6-8 0-0 0 4 4 2 4 3 2 12 POLYNICE C 24 3-13 0-0 6 6 12 2 2 0 2 6 RICHMOND G 38 4-12 8-8 0 2 2 3 4 1 3 17 JOHNSON G 30 4-9 1-3 1 2 3 2 3 1 1 10 FUNDERBURKE 19 1-6 2-2 0 0 0 1 2 1 1 4 DEHERE 23 5-8 2-4 0 1 1 6 2 1 0 14 STEWART 27 3-5 0-0 5 5 10 1 3 0 0 6 HURLEY 5 0-3 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 M ABDUL-RAUF DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE T ABDUL-WAHAD DNP - COACH'S DECISION SALVADORI DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-82 15-22 15 25 40 24 26 8 12 89 (.427) (.682) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 13(11 PTS)

ATLANTA 18 27 22 26 - 93 SACRAMENTO 21 25 21 22 - 89

BLOCKED SHOTS: ATLANTA - MUTOMBO 6, LAETTNER, BLAYLOCK. SACRAMENTO - STEWART 4, RICHMOND. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: ATLANTA 5-12 (.417), SMITH 0-3, BLAYLOCK 4-7, RECASNER 1-2. SACRAMENTO 4-6 (.667), RICHMOND 1-3, JOHNSON 1-1, DEHERE 2-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BENNETT SALVATORE, ED MIDDLETON, LEON WOOD. A - 13,380. T - 2:10.


ATLANTA (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Laettner 46 4-5 6-8 1-5 5 4 14 Corbin 33 3-9 0-0 1-3 3 4 6 Mutombo 36 3-9 2-2 4-13 0 5 8 Smith 36 4-12 11-11 1-5 3 2 19 Blaylock 44 9-18 4-5 1-5 5 3 26 Recasner 21 5-9 2-2 0-2 0 3 13 Brown 21 2-6 1-1 3-5 0 0 5 Anderson 3 0-1 2-2 0-2 1 3 2 Crawford DNP - coach's decision Gray DNP - coach's decision Henderson DNP - sprained right ankle Livingston DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-69 28-31 11-40 17 24 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.435, FT-.903. 3-Point Goals: 5-12, .417 (Smith 0-3, Blaylock 4-7, Recasner 1-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 8 (Mutombo 6, Laettner, Blaylock). Turnovers: 20 (Mutombo 5, Blaylock 4, Laettner 4, Smith 3, Corbin, Recasner). Steals: 8 (Blaylock 5, Smith 2, Brown).

SACRAMENTO (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp C Williamson 46 9-18 2-5 3-7 6 5 20 Owens 28 6-8 0-0 0-4 2 4 12 Polynice 24 3-13 0-0 6-12 2 2 6 Richmond 38 4-12 8-8 0-2 3 4 17 Johnson 30 4-9 1-3 1-3 2 3 10 Funderburke 19 1-6 2-2 0-0 1 2 4 Dehere 23 5-8 2-4 0-1 6 2 14 Stewart 27 3-5 0-0 5-10 1 3 6 Hurley 5 0-3 0-0 0-1 1 1 0 M Abdul-rauf DNP - sprained right ankle T Abdul-wahad DNP - coach's decision Salvadori DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-82 15-22 15-40 24 26 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.427, FT-.682. 3-Point Goals: 4-6, .667 (Richmond 1-3, Johnson 1-1, Dehere 2-2). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 5 (Stewart 4, Richmond). Turnovers: 13 (C Williamson 3, Richmond 3, Owens 2, Polynice 2, Funderburke, Johnson). Steals: 8 (Owens 3, C Williamson, Dehere, Funderburke, Johnson, Richmond). ____________________________________________ Atlanta 18 27 22 26 - 93 Sacramento 21 25 21 22 - 89 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 13,380. T: 2:10. Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Ed Middleton, Leon Wood.


GAME RECAP

Christian Laettner drained the go-ahead jumper with 1.2 seconds to play and Sacramento's Billy Owens turned from hero to goat in just 14 seconds as the Atlanta Hawks pulled out a 93-89 victory over the Kings.

Mookie Blaylock scored 24 of his season-high 26 points in the second half as Atlanta beat Sacramento for the seventh straight time.

Owens hit a jumper with 15 seconds remaining to tie the game, 89-89. Blaylock drove the lane and fed outside to Corbin, who was unable to handle the pass. But the loose ball bounced to Laettner in the right corner and he swished a 20-foot baseline jumper to put the Hawks in front with 1.2 seconds to go.

"Sometimes that's the best way for it to be, you just grab it and shoot it and you don't have to think about it," Laettner said. "It was a lucky shot, but that's the way it goes. It's the ultimate feeling, especially at the end of the game when the game's on the line."

The Kings called their last timeout to discuss the final play, with Owens inbounding at midcourt. He was unable to immediately find an open man and called a timeout that the team did not have, costing the Kings possession and a technical foul.

"I had no idea," Owens explained. "Before the referee handed me the ball, I was hollering to the bench to see if we had any, but they didn't look at me. So I just made the mistake and called the timeout."

"Terry (Dehere) came up and Mookie was on him and Mookie's a great defender so I didn't want to chance it with that," Owens added. "And I was waiting for Mitch (Richmond) to come, but it was too bottled up in there, so I tried to call timeout but we didn't have any."

Kings coach Eddie Jordan took the blame for Owens' blunder.

"I didn't remind the team that we didn't have a timeout," Jordan said. "Billy was hung out to dry and that was totally on me."

Steve Smith, who scored 19 points, sank the ensuing free throw before Blaylock made 1-of-2 from the foul line with three-tenths of a second left to secure the win.

"Mookie's been struggling, so he's been hesitant with the ball," Hawks coach Lenny Wilkens said. "He got a nice rhythm and the ball started going in for him and that's how he's got to play. We're happy he's back now, we need him for us to play well."

Corliss Williamson scored 20 points and Richmond added 17 for the Kings, who have lost five straight games against Eastern Conference foes.

A spinning layup by Williamson gave Sacramento its biggest lead of the fourth quarter, 84-79 with 4:35 to play, but that was the Kings' last field goal until Owens' jumper with 15.6 seconds left. The Hawks reeled off eight straight points, and Corbin hit two straight hoops, giving Atlanta an 87-84 edge with 2:09 remaining.

Richmond ended Sacramento's scoring drought, sinking two free throws with 1:17 left, but Blaylock responded with a jumper 11 seconds later. Williamson hit a free throw before Owens, who had 12 points, nailed the tying jumper.

Richmond was just 3-of-13 from the field and Olden Polynice made 3-of-13 as Sacramento shot 43 percent (35-of-82). Polynice grabbed 12 rebounds and Stewart had 10 but the battle of the boards was even, 40-40.

"We had it and then in the fourth quarter, we just faltered," Richmond said. "They made some big shots and made some good defensive stands. We played to get the win but down the stretch, it just didn't go our way."

Dikembe Mutombo was held to just six points but contributed 13 rebounds and six blocks. Laettner finished with 14 points and Eldridge Recasner added 13 off the bench. Blaylock connected on 4-of-7 from behind the arc and made five steals.

"I thought Mookie was the difference in the second half, both offensively and defenisvely," Jordan said.

Atlanta trailed 46-45 at halftime but Blaylock opened the third quarter with a 15-foot jumper to spark a 13-6 run. He scored seven points on that spurt and Laettner's two free throws gave the Hawks a 58-52 lead with 5:51 remaining.

Sacramento stormed back with a 15-3 burst, highlighted by Dehere's three-pointer and capped by two straight buckets from Williamson with 1:18 left, builing a 67-61 lead. But Blaylock drained two straight three-pointers to tie the game at 67 heading into the fourth.

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