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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- INDIANA 25 20 27 25 97 SEATTLE 26 24 25 29 104 FINAL


INDIANA (97) AT SEATTLE (104)

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

D DAVIS F 21 2-2 0-0 2 5 7 0 2 1 0 4 MULLIN F 26 5-12 4-4 1 1 2 1 5 1 0 17 SMITS C 30 8-21 3-3 5 6 11 1 3 0 3 19 JACKSON G 37 3-9 1-2 0 0 0 14 4 2 2 7 MILLER G 40 7-12 5-6 0 3 3 1 1 0 0 25 MCKEY 21 1-9 1-2 3 6 9 3 4 2 1 3 A DAVIS 24 3-7 0-1 1 5 6 0 1 0 1 6 ROSE 18 4-7 0-0 1 1 2 1 1 0 1 8 BEST 11 2-4 0-0 0 0 0 2 4 1 0 5 HOIBERG 8 0-1 1-1 0 0 0 0 3 0 2 1 CROSHERE 4 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 WEST DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-85 15-19 13 27 40 23 30 7 10 97 (.424) (.789) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 11(8 PTS)

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

BAKER F 40 16-22 9-12 4 7 11 1 4 1 5 41 SCHREMPF F 37 8-15 8-10 2 4 6 5 2 0 1 24 MCILVAINE C 24 2-3 3-3 1 8 9 0 4 0 1 7 HAWKINS G 30 0-5 2-2 2 5 7 2 1 2 2 2 PAYTON G 44 6-15 4-8 4 1 5 14 1 3 0 17 ELLIS 24 2-5 0-1 0 3 3 0 1 1 0 5 WINGATE 13 0-3 0-0 1 1 2 1 2 0 0 0 PERKINS 24 2-8 0-0 1 3 4 1 3 0 1 5 ANTHONY 4 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 COTTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION HOWARD DNP - COACH'S DECISION WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-78 26-36 15 32 47 24 19 7 10 104 (.474) (.722) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 10(14 PTS)

INDIANA 25 20 27 25 - 97 SEATTLE 26 24 25 29 - 104

BLOCKED SHOTS: INDIANA - SMITS 2, D DAVIS, MCKEY, A DAVIS. SEATTLE - BAKER 6, MCILVAINE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: INDIANA 10-19 (.526), MULLIN 3-5, SMITS 0-1, JACKSON 0-3, MILLER 6-8, MCKEY 0-1, BEST 1-1. SEATTLE 4-16 (.250), SCHREMPF 0-3, HAWKINS 0-4, PAYTON 1-4, ELLIS 1-1, PERKINS 1-3, ANTHONY 1-1. TECHNICALS: INDIANA - HEAD COACH BIRD, SEATTLE - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2. OFFICIALS: HUGH EVANS, LUIS GRILLO, LEON WOOD. A - 17,072. T - 2:04.


INDIANA (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Davis 21 2-2 0-0 2-7 0 2 4 Mullin 26 5-12 4-4 1-2 1 5 17 Smits 30 8-21 3-3 5-11 1 3 19 Jackson 37 3-9 1-2 0-0 14 4 7 Miller 40 7-12 5-6 0-3 1 1 25 Mckey 21 1-9 1-2 3-9 3 4 3 A Davis 24 3-7 0-1 1-6 0 1 6 Rose 18 4-7 0-0 1-2 1 1 8 Best 11 2-4 0-0 0-0 2 4 5 Hoiberg 8 0-1 1-1 0-0 0 3 1 Croshere 4 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 West DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-85 15-19 13-40 23 30 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.424, FT-.789. 3-Point Goals: 10-19, .526 (Mullin 3-5, Smits 0-1, Jackson 0-3, Miller 6-8, Mckey 0-1, Best 1-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 5 (Smits 2, D Davis, Mckey, A Davis). Turnovers: 11 (Smits 3, Hoiberg 2, Jackson 2, A Davis, Mckey, Rose). Steals: 7 (Jackson 2, Mckey 2, Best, D Davis, Mullin).

SEATTLE (104) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Baker 40 16-22 9-12 4-11 1 4 41 Schrempf 37 8-15 8-10 2-6 5 2 24 Mcilvaine 24 2-3 3-3 1-9 0 4 7 Hawkins 30 0-5 2-2 2-7 2 1 2 Payton 44 6-15 4-8 4-5 14 1 17 Ellis 24 2-5 0-1 0-3 0 1 5 Wingate 13 0-3 0-0 1-2 1 2 0 Perkins 24 2-8 0-0 1-4 1 3 5 Anthony 4 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 3 Cotton DNP - coach's decision Howard DNP - coach's decision Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-78 26-36 15-47 24 19 104 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.474, FT-.722. 3-Point Goals: 4-16, .250 (Schrempf 0-3, Hawkins 0-4, Payton 1-4, Ellis 1-1, Perkins 1-3, Anthony 1-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 7 (Baker 6, Mcilvaine). Turnovers: 10 (Baker 5, Hawkins 2, Mcilvaine, Perkins, Schrempf). Steals: 7 (Payton 3, Hawkins 2, Baker, Ellis). ____________________________________________ Indiana 25 20 27 25 - 97 Seattle 26 24 25 29 - 104 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Indiana 1 (Head Coach Bird, 9:00 4th). Seattle 2 (Illegal Defense 2, 5:20 2nd, 1:06 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,072. T: 2:04. Officials: Hugh Evans, Luis Grillo, Leon Wood.


GAME RECAP

Vin Baker tied a career high with 41 points, including 14 in the fourth quarter, as the Seattle SuperSonics held on for a 104-97 victory over the Indiana Pacers in a matchup of conference leaders.

Baker shot 16-of-22 from the field, grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked six shots. He had six points in a huge 13-0 burst midway through the final period that built a 94-76 lead.

Shortly after that, the Pacers came back with a 14-2 spurt and an 18-footer by Reggie Miller cut the deficit to 98-93 with 1:08 to play. But Baker followed that bucket with a fallaway jumper on the baseline and Indiana got no closer than five points the rest of the way.

"I really got in a groove and I was really blessed coming out hitting my shot," Baker said. "But I got hit with a lot of passes and it was just a really good game before we went to the (All-Star) break. I was getting a lot of good looks at the basket and like I said, my teammates were putting the ball right in my hands."

"He (Baker) was getting too low in the box and he has long arms, so when he got down there, he was very effective," Pacers coach Larry Bird said. "Sometimes you wish when you play them, you wish Shawn Kemp was in there. Not that Kemp's a bad player, but Baker is awesome."

Seattle won its eighth straight home game while snapping Indiana's season-high seven-game winning streak. SuperSonics coach George Karl and Bird meet again on Sunday when they lead their respective conferences in the All-Star Game.

Former Pacer Detlef Schrempf scored 24 points and Gary Payton added 17 and 14 assists for the Sonics, who have won four straight games and improved to a Western Conference-best 20-2 at home.

"I thought we could have a great year heading into the season. I'm not surrpised by it now," Schrempf said. "I was surprised maybe earlier in the season in November and Decmber because we had such a great start, but now, we know each other well and we're playing well together."

Miller finished with 25 points and Rik Smits had 19 and 11 boards for the Pacers, who were trying to match the longest winning streak in team history. The Pacers won eight in a row from April 11th-23rd, 1994.

Payton fed Dale Ellis for his only three-pointer of the game with 7:40 to play, sparking the 13-0 run. Baker followed with two free throws and a tip-in of his own miss before Sam Perkins hit from behind the arc to make it 91-76.

"I think those two three's really hurt us," Pacers guard Mark Jackson said. "They got good looks on them and knocked them down. It gave them somewhat of a cushion."

Baker rebounded a miss by Smits and then was on the receiving end of an alley-oop pass by Payton, whose free throw capped the run with 4:42 remaining. Miller finally ended the drought with a three-pointer and, despite trailing 94-79 with 4:19 left, the Pacers did not quit.

Smits sparked the 14-2 run with a three-point play, and after Baker hit a free throw, he drained back-to-back short jumpers. Miller sank a pair of foul shots and after Baker once again went 1-of-2 from the line, he drained a big three-pointer with 1:40 left.

Schrempf had a chance to stop the bleeding but missed two free throws, and Miller came back with the 18-footer that trimmed Seattle's lead to five. But Baker answered with his crucial fallaway before Schrempf and Hersey Hawkins each hit two free throws down the stretch to help secure the victory.

"I think when they made their run in the fourth quarter, especially against a team like Seattle that plays with a lot of poise and controls the tempo a lot, it was going to be hard to get back into the game," Miller explained. "We had our shot, but we couldn't come up with any loose balls at all and they hit big shots."

Seattle, which earned a 99-93 victory in Indiana on November 7th, swept the season series from the Pacers for the first time since the 1991-92 campaign.

Chris Mullin scored 10 of his 17 points in the third quarter for the Pacers, who lost for just the second time in nine road games but still own the best road record in the Eastern Conference at 15-9.

Miller drained a season-high six three-pointers and Indiana shot 10-of-19 from behind the arc. Hawkins missed all four of his attempts from three-point range, where Seattle shot just 4-of-16 overall.

Jim McIlvaine grabbed nine rebounds and Hawkins pulled down seven for Seattle, which owned a 47-40 edge on the glass. The other major difference for the Sonics was from the foul line, where they finished 26-of-36 and Indiana made 15-of-19.

Seattle actually went ahead to stay with 8:35 left in the opening period when Schrempf's layup made it 8-7. Baker scored 16 points in that quarter as the Sonics took a 26-25 edge. Seattle continued to stay on top but never led by more than eight points until the final period.

"He (Baker) got off to a great start and we kidded with him at halfitme saying, 'you know you can probably get 40 if you don't run out of gas,'" Karl said. "When I took him out in the third quarter, he said, 'hey coach, I got a lot left.' So we put him back in pretty quick. I think the team helped him get some things, I think he ran to get some other stuff and he just had a fantastic night."

Jackson was just 3-of-9 from the floor for seven points but handed out 14 assists for Indiana, which had lost just once in its last 13 games. Thanks to Chicago's loss at Utah, the Pacers maintained a one-half game lead over the Bulls for first place in the Central Division.

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