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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SEATTLE 31 24 9 19 83 HOUSTON 20 27 25 25 97 FINAL


SEATTLE (83) AT HOUSTON (97)

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

SCHREMPF F 35 4-9 0-0 4 3 7 2 3 0 2 8 BAKER F 36 4-9 7-12 3 5 8 3 1 1 5 15 MCILVAINE C 21 1-4 0-0 3 1 4 0 3 0 1 2 HAWKINS G 28 0-5 2-2 0 5 5 0 1 2 1 2 PAYTON G 39 7-22 3-6 1 1 2 4 4 0 1 20 ELLIS 24 2-5 0-0 0 5 5 0 1 0 1 5 PERKINS 20 4-5 1-2 1 3 4 0 3 0 1 12 WINGATE 9 3-3 0-0 0 0 0 3 1 2 1 6 WILLIAMS 9 0-2 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 0 1 0 ANTHONY 14 1-7 0-0 0 0 0 5 3 0 2 3 COTTON 4 3-3 2-2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 8 HOWARD 1 1-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2

TOTALS 240 30-76 15-24 13 26 39 17 22 5 16 83 (.395) (.625) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 16(18 PTS)

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

ELIE F 12 2-4 2-2 1 1 2 0 4 1 2 7 WILLIS F 37 6-10 0-0 2 3 5 0 4 1 3 12 OLAJUWON C 26 6-10 0-0 6 4 10 3 5 1 1 12 DREXLER G 41 7-20 4-6 3 2 5 5 3 3 0 19 MALONEY G 37 3-13 5-6 1 4 5 4 1 0 2 12 RHODES 21 2-8 3-3 0 0 0 3 2 1 0 7 BARKLEY 33 4-9 4-6 6 15 21 2 2 1 2 12 BULLARD 10 1-4 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 2 JOHNSON 23 4-9 4-5 0 1 1 2 3 1 0 14 HARRINGTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION PRICE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-87 22-28 19 31 50 20 24 10 10 97 (.402) (.786) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 13(15 PTS)

SEATTLE 31 24 9 19 - 83 HOUSTON 20 27 25 25 - 97

BLOCKED SHOTS: SEATTLE - BAKER 2, MCILVAINE 2. HOUSTON - OLAJUWON 2, WILLIS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SEATTLE 8-25 (.320), SCHREMPF 0-1, HAWKINS 0-2, PAYTON 3-12, ELLIS 1-2, PERKINS 3-3, ANTHONY 1-5. HOUSTON 5-27 (.185), ELIE 1-2, DREXLER 1-7, MALONEY 1-8, BARKLEY 0-2, BULLARD 0-2, JOHNSON 2-6. TECHNICALS: SEATTLE - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: ED F RUSH, TOMMY NUNEZ, JIM CAPERS. A - 16,285. T - 2:10.


SEATTLE (83) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Schrempf 35 4-9 0-0 4-7 2 3 8 Baker 36 4-9 7-12 3-8 3 1 15 Mcilvaine 21 1-4 0-0 3-4 0 3 2 Hawkins 28 0-5 2-2 0-5 0 1 2 Payton 39 7-22 3-6 1-2 4 4 20 Ellis 24 2-5 0-0 0-5 0 1 5 Perkins 20 4-5 1-2 1-4 0 3 12 Wingate 9 3-3 0-0 0-0 3 1 6 Williams 9 0-2 0-0 0-2 0 2 0 Anthony 14 1-7 0-0 0-0 5 3 3 Cotton 4 3-3 2-2 0-1 0 0 8 Howard 1 1-2 0-0 1-1 0 0 2 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-76 15-24 13-39 17 22 83 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.395, FT-.625. 3-Point Goals: 8-25, .320 (Schrempf 0-1, Hawkins 0-2, Payton 3-12, Ellis 1-2, Perkins 3-3, Anthony 1-5). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 4 (Baker 2, Mcilvaine 2). Turnovers: 16 (Baker 5, Anthony 2, Schrempf 2, Ellis, Hawkins, Mcilvaine, Payton, Perkins, Williams, Wingate). Steals: 5 (Hawkins 2, Wingate 2, Baker).

HOUSTON (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Elie 12 2-4 2-2 1-2 0 4 7 Willis 37 6-10 0-0 2-5 0 4 12 Olajuwon 26 6-10 0-0 6-10 3 5 12 Drexler 41 7-20 4-6 3-5 5 3 19 Maloney 37 3-13 5-6 1-5 4 1 12 Rhodes 21 2-8 3-3 0-0 3 2 7 Barkley 33 4-9 4-6 6-21 2 2 12 Bullard 10 1-4 0-0 0-1 1 0 2 Johnson 23 4-9 4-5 0-1 2 3 14 Harrington DNP - coach's decision Jones DNP - coach's decision Price DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-87 22-28 19-50 20 24 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.402, FT-.786. 3-Point Goals: 5-27, .185 (Elie 1-2, Drexler 1-7, Maloney 1-8, Barkley 0-2, Bullard 0-2, Johnson 2-6). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 3 (Olajuwon 2, Willis). Turnovers: 13 (Willis 3, Barkley 2, Elie 2, Maloney 2, Olajuwon). Steals: 10 (Drexler 3, Barkley, Bullard, Elie, Johnson, Olajuwon, Rhodes, Willis). ____________________________________________ Seattle 31 24 9 19 - 83 Houston 20 27 25 25 - 97 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Seattle 1 (Illegal Defense, 2:06 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,285. T: 2:10. Officials: Ed F Rush, Tommy Nunez, Jim Capers.


GAME RECAP

Clyde Drexler scored 19 points, Eddie Johnson added 14 and both played key roles during a decisive second-half run as the Houston Rockets held the Seattle SuperSonics to just nine third-quarter points en route to a 97-83 victory.

Drexler scored 13 points in the second half, when Houston erased an eight-point halftime deficit with a 43-9 burst. Matt Maloney had eight of his 12 points in the third period, when the Rockets outscored the SuperSonics, 25-9, to take a 72-64 lead.

"We tried to make them earn everything they got," Drexler said. "In the first half, they made their outside shots. But in the second half they didn't make them and they clearly panicked."

Johnson scored 10 points in the final period, including a three-pointer that capped the run for a 90-68 cushion with 5:46 to play. At that point, Seattle had made just three baskets in the entire second half.

The Sonics shot just 3-of-18 from the field in the third quarter and were just one point bettter than their lowest ever total in a period, set October 31st, 1985 at Denver. They finished an atrocious 9-of-34 (26 percent) in the final 24 minutes and tied a season low with 30 field goals made.

"That was a physical agressive team we played in the second half and we didn't react to it very well," Sonics coach George Karl said. "It was kind of nightmarish the way we shot the ball in the second half."

Charles Barkley grabbed 21 rebounds off the bench for Houston, which has traded wins and losses in its last 10 games. The Rockets were blown out by a combined 58 points in the first two games this season against Seattle, which lost for just the third time in the last 14 meetings of this series.

"I think we were the difference. This time they saw the real Rockets team," Johnson said. "They met a team that was hungry tonight."

Gary Payton scored just three of his 20 points in the second half for the Sonics, who had their four-game winning streak snapped.

"We didn't shoot the ball well and they got very physical with us," Payton said. "We only scored nine points in the third quarter and that's ridiculous."

Seattle opened a tough three-game road trip, which includes visits to Midwest Division-leading San Antonio on Wednesday and the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday. The Sonics then return home to face the defending Western Conference champion Utah Jazz on Saturday.

The Rockets shot just 40 percent from the floor (35-of-87), but owned a 50-39 rebounding edge and made 22-of-28 free throws. They connected on 5-of-17 from three-point range in the second half after missing all 10 attempts from behind the arc in the opening 24 minutes.

"After the first quarter we got down and started playing defense," Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich said. "That's the only way we can be successful this year."

Seattle scored the first four points of the third quarter to open a 59-47 lead, but Houston reeled off the next 12 points to tie the game. Mario Elile scored five of his seven points in that spurt and a 17-footer by Drexler capped it, tying the game with 6:45 left.

Hersey Hawkins, who was 0-of-5 from the field, sank two free throws to put Seattle back in front, but Maloney responded with a three-pointer with 5:53 remaining. That basket gave Houston its first lead of the game, and Seattle never led again.

The Rockets scored the final seven points of the period, including a layup and a free throw by Maloney. Drexler drained a three-pointer to open the fourth quarter and his steal led to a layup by Johnson, building the lead to 79-65.

Johnson hit from behind the arc with 7:58 to play for an 86-67 cushion before his next three-pointer ended the run, giving Houston its biggest lead.

Rockets center Hakeem Olajuwon, in just his third game back from knee surgery that sidelined him for much of the season, had 12 points and 10 rebounds. Barkley and Kevin Willis also chipped in 12 points apiece for Houston.

Vin Baker had 15 points and eight rebounds and Sam Perkins contributed 12 points for Seattle, which managed just 28 second-half points. That total was just one better than its worst half ever, set December 23rd, 1993 against Phoenix.

"They hit the offensive boards very agressively," Baker said. "It was just one of those nights when we didn't respond well to what they were doing."

Payton scored 12 points in the first quarter as Seattle took a 31-20 lead. His three-pointer highlighted a 12-4 run late in the period.

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