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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SEATTLE 33 31 25 22 111 BOSTON 24 20 22 26 92 FINAL


SEATTLE (111) AT BOSTON (92)

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

SCHREMPF F 28 5-10 1-1 1 6 7 8 2 0 1 11 BAKER F 29 7-10 8-13 2 3 5 2 0 2 2 22 MCILVAINE C 12 3-3 1-3 1 3 4 0 1 0 0 7 PAYTON G 37 5-10 7-9 0 4 4 5 2 3 4 18 HAWKINS G 27 2-4 5-7 1 3 4 2 1 1 3 10 ELLIS 27 8-10 2-4 0 6 6 0 0 1 2 19 ANTHONY 24 1-3 3-4 0 1 1 7 2 2 2 5 PERKINS 23 2-4 0-0 0 2 2 3 2 0 1 5 WILLIAMS 19 4-6 1-2 0 1 1 0 2 0 2 9 WINGATE 6 0-1 1-2 1 3 4 0 0 0 1 1 SNOW 5 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 HOWARD 3 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2

TOTALS 240 39-64 29-45 6 32 38 27 13 9 19 111 (.609) (.644) TEAM REBS: 18 TOTAL TO: 20(19 PTS)

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

MCCARTY F 22 3-11 0-0 0 1 1 2 5 0 1 7 WALKER F 31 6-17 1-2 3 6 9 3 2 1 1 14 DECLERCQ C 4 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 1 1 0 BILLUPS G 26 1-10 1-1 1 0 1 7 2 1 0 4 MERCER G 32 7-14 0-0 0 2 2 1 2 2 4 14 KNIGHT 31 10-16 0-0 3 7 10 1 4 1 1 21 THOMAS 20 4-4 0-0 0 0 0 2 3 2 0 8 BARROS 24 5-8 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 1 2 14 BOWEN 29 4-10 2-2 4 1 5 2 4 0 3 10 BROWN 18 0-3 0-0 1 1 2 5 3 2 3 0 ROGERS 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 ELLISON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 40-94 4-5 12 21 33 24 30 12 16 92 (.426) (.800) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 17(12 PTS)

SEATTLE 33 31 25 22 - 111 BOSTON 24 20 22 26 - 92

BLOCKED SHOTS: SEATTLE - MCILVAINE 4, HAWKINS. BOSTON - NONE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SEATTLE 4-10 (.400), PAYTON 1-2, HAWKINS 1-2, ELLIS 1-2, ANTHONY 0-1, PERKINS 1-3. BOSTON 8-20 (.400), MCCARTY 1-2, WALKER 1-4, BILLUPS 1-5, KNIGHT 1-3, BARROS 4-4, BROWN 0-2. TECHNICALS: SEATTLE - PAYTON. OFFICIALS: MIKE CRUMB, KENNETH WILSON, DEREK RICHARDSON. A - 18,624. T - 1:58.


SEATTLE (111) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Schrempf 28 5-10 1-1 1-7 8 2 11 Baker 29 7-10 8-13 2-5 2 0 22 Mcilvaine 12 3-3 1-3 1-4 0 1 7 Payton 37 5-10 7-9 0-4 5 2 18 Hawkins 27 2-4 5-7 1-4 2 1 10 Ellis 27 8-10 2-4 0-6 0 0 19 Anthony 24 1-3 3-4 0-1 7 2 5 Perkins 23 2-4 0-0 0-2 3 2 5 Williams 19 4-6 1-2 0-1 0 2 9 Wingate 6 0-1 1-2 1-4 0 0 1 Snow 5 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Howard 3 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-64 29-45 6-38 27 13 111 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.609, FT-.644. 3-Point Goals: 4-10, .400 (Payton 1-2, Hawkins 1-2, Ellis 1-2, Anthony 0-1, Perkins 1-3). Team rebounds: 18. Blocked shots: 5 (Mcilvaine 4, Hawkins). Turnovers: 20 (Payton 4, Hawkins 3, Anthony 2, Baker 2, Ellis 2, Williams 2, Howard, Perkins, Schrempf, Wingate). Steals: 9 (Payton 3, Anthony 2, Baker 2, Ellis, Hawkins).

BOSTON (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mccarty 22 3-11 0-0 0-1 2 5 7 Walker 31 6-17 1-2 3-9 3 2 14 Declercq 4 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 3 0 Billups 26 1-10 1-1 1-1 7 2 4 Mercer 32 7-14 0-0 0-2 1 2 14 Knight 31 10-16 0-0 3-10 1 4 21 Thomas 20 4-4 0-0 0-0 2 3 8 Barros 24 5-8 0-0 0-2 1 1 14 Bowen 29 4-10 2-2 4-5 2 4 10 Brown 18 0-3 0-0 1-2 5 3 0 Rogers 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Ellison DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-94 4-5 12-33 24 30 92 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.426, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 8-20, .400 (Mccarty 1-2, Walker 1-4, Billups 1-5, Knight 1-3, Barros 4-4, Brown 0-2). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: None. Turnovers: 17 (Mercer 4, Bowen 3, Brown 3, Barros 2, Declercq, Knight, Mccarty, Walker). Steals: 12 (Brown 2, Mercer 2, Thomas 2, Barros, Billups, Declercq, Knight, Rogers, Walker). ____________________________________________ Seattle 33 31 25 22 - 111 Boston 24 20 22 26 - 92 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Seattle 1 (Payton, 8:51 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,624. T: 1:58. Officials: Mike Crumb, Kenneth Wilson, Derek Richardson.


GAME RECAP

Vin Baker scored 22 points and the Seattle SuperSonics remained the hottest team in the NBA by posting their eighth consecutive win and 14th in 15 games, a 111-92 rout of the Boston Celtics.

The SuperSonics, who never trailed, posted their eighth straight road victory and improved to an NBA-leading 15-4 away from home. The Sonics also own the NBA's best record at 29-6 and have beaten their last seven opponents by double-digit margins.

Boston took just five free throws, making four, breaking the team record low of seven attempts against Sacramento on January 15th, 1988.

It was also the fourth-fewest free-throw attempts by an NBA team in a game. The NBA record for the fewest foul shots is two, set by the Cleveland Cavaliers against the Golden State Warriors on November 26th, 1994.

The Sonics, meanwhile, went to the line 45 times, making 29. Seattle was unaffected by Boston's pressing defense, making 61 percent (39-for-64) from the field and holding a 60-32 advantage on points in the paint.

"Passing was definitely the strength of our game tonight. We moved the ball and kept it away from their double teams," said Seattle coach George Karl. "Vin was scoring in the paint. Dale (Ellis) was shooting on the perimeter. Tonight we had the legs and we had the quickness. I'm beyond pleased with the way we're playing.

"We haven't played the Lakers or Utah, but we're going to have a lot of success. Things are going so well right now, I'm almost waiting for someone to burst our bubble. Clearly, I didn't think we'd start out 15-4 on the road."

Seattle took the lead for good, 11-9, just 2:11 into the game on a dunk by Jim McIlvaine.

Travis Knight scored a career-high 21 points and had 10 rebounds off the bench for Boston, which had its seven-game home winning streak snapped and dropped under the .500 mark (16-17) for the first time since December 17th.

"There's not much to say on our end, just that Seattle is a great basketball team. We watched them and we aspire to play some day like they play," said Boston coach Rick Pitino. "They are just a wonderfully focused basketball team and hopefully some day we can get to that level.

"I think our effort was fine, I just don't think that we played defense. Our interior defense was so weak. We have to get stronger defensively in order to do battle inside."

McIlvaine's dunk started a 9-0 spurt, with a three-point play by Hersey Hawkins finishing it off at 18-9 with 8:06 left in the first quarter. Baker finished the quarter with 11 points as the Sonics grabbed a 33-24 lead.

"We don't mind playing on the road because we have the kind of defense that can win on the road," said Baker, who had 19 points in the first half. "But I still feel there is more energy when you play at home."

Seattle used a pair of 9-0 runs in the second quarter to take command. The second of those runs closed out the last 1:35 of the first half, with a jumper by Detlef Schrempf starting off the burst and two free throws by Gary Payton with 4.3 seconds left closing it, giving the Sonics a 64-44 lead.

The second half started the way the first half ended, with Seattle scoring the first five points. McIlvaine's free throw wrapped up the short spurt, making it 69-44 two minutes into the third quarter.

The Sonics' biggest lead of the second half was 95-66 with 9:39 remaining on a layup by Ellis, who shot 8-for-10 and scored 19 points off the bench.

"They have five or six guys that have been in the league 11 years or more and our team is a majority of rookies and first-year players," Celtics second-year forward Walter McCarty said. "Our goal is to make the playoffs. Theirs is to win the championship."

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