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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SEATTLE 20 29 23 26 98 CHARLOTTE 20 38 18 28 104 FINAL


SEATTLE (98) AT CHARLOTTE (104)

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

SCHREMPF F 35 4-10 3-4 0 4 4 7 5 0 0 11 BAKER F 41 10-16 5-12 0 5 5 1 4 0 3 25 MCILVAINE C 18 2-3 0-0 2 1 3 1 4 0 0 4 PAYTON G 43 10-17 0-0 0 2 2 8 3 2 5 22 HAWKINS G 35 5-6 0-0 1 1 2 4 0 0 1 13 PERKINS 24 4-7 2-2 0 1 1 2 2 3 3 11 ELLIS 23 2-6 0-0 1 1 2 1 4 2 2 5 MCMILLAN 13 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 4 5 0 0 2 WILLIAMS 5 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 ANTHONY 3 2-2 0-2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 5 HOWARD DNP - COACH'S DECISION WINGATE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 40-70 10-20 4 16 20 28 29 7 15 98 (.571) (.500) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 15(20 PTS)

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

MASON F 44 4-7 5-10 6 11 17 7 4 3 2 13 RICE F 44 9-16 10-11 0 2 2 3 3 0 2 29 GEIGER C 38 5-10 2-5 6 5 11 2 3 2 6 12 WESLEY G 39 4-11 1-2 2 3 5 8 5 5 7 10 PHILLS G 32 4-7 4-4 3 5 8 3 5 0 4 13 DIVAC 14 2-4 0-0 1 2 3 3 2 0 1 4 BECK 9 0-1 1-2 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 1 MAXWELL 20 8-14 1-1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 22 ARMSTRONG DNP - COACH'S DECISION REID DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROYAL DNP - COACH'S DECISION WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-70 24-35 19 29 48 28 24 13 23 104 (.514) (.686) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 25(26 PTS)

SEATTLE 20 29 23 26 - 98 CHARLOTTE 20 38 18 28 - 104

BLOCKED SHOTS: SEATTLE - MCILVAINE 3. CHARLOTTE - NONE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SEATTLE 8-16 (.500), SCHREMPF 0-2, PAYTON 2-5, HAWKINS 3-3, PERKINS 1-2, ELLIS 1-3, ANTHONY 1-1. CHARLOTTE 8-17 (.471), RICE 1-2, WESLEY 1-3, PHILLS 1-3, MAXWELL 5-9. TECHNICALS: SEATTLE - PAYTON, SCHREMPF, CHARLOTTE - MASON. OFFICIALS: DAVID JONES, DICK BAVETTA, JIM CAPERS. A - 24,024. T - 2:15.


SEATTLE (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Schrempf 35 4-10 3-4 0-4 7 5 11 Baker 41 10-16 5-12 0-5 1 4 25 Mcilvaine 18 2-3 0-0 2-3 1 4 4 Payton 43 10-17 0-0 0-2 8 3 22 Hawkins 35 5-6 0-0 1-2 4 0 13 Perkins 24 4-7 2-2 0-1 2 2 11 Ellis 23 2-6 0-0 1-2 1 4 5 Mcmillan 13 1-3 0-0 0-1 4 5 2 Williams 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Anthony 3 2-2 0-2 0-0 0 1 5 Howard DNP - coach's decision Wingate DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-70 10-20 4-20 28 29 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.571, FT-.500. 3-Point Goals: 8-16, .500 (Schrempf 0-2, Payton 2-5, Hawkins 3-3, Perkins 1-2, Ellis 1-3, Anthony 1-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 3 (Mcilvaine 3). Turnovers: 15 (Payton 5, Baker 3, Perkins 3, Ellis 2, Hawkins, Williams). Steals: 7 (Perkins 3, Ellis 2, Payton 2).

CHARLOTTE (104) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mason 44 4-7 5-10 6-17 7 4 13 Rice 44 9-16 10-11 0-2 3 3 29 Geiger 38 5-10 2-5 6-11 2 3 12 Wesley 39 4-11 1-2 2-5 8 5 10 Phills 32 4-7 4-4 3-8 3 5 13 Divac 14 2-4 0-0 1-3 3 2 4 Beck 9 0-1 1-2 0-0 1 1 1 Maxwell 20 8-14 1-1 1-2 1 1 22 Armstrong DNP - coach's decision Reid DNP - coach's decision Royal DNP - coach's decision Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-70 24-35 19-48 28 24 104 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.514, FT-.686. 3-Point Goals: 8-17, .471 (Rice 1-2, Wesley 1-3, Phills 1-3, Maxwell 5-9). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: None. Turnovers: 25 (Wesley 7, Geiger 6, Phills 4, Mason 2, Rice 2, Divac, Maxwell). Steals: 13 (Wesley 5, Mason 3, Beck 2, Geiger 2, Maxwell). ____________________________________________ Seattle 20 29 23 26 - 98 Charlotte 20 38 18 28 - 104 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Seattle 2 (Payton, 2:05 2nd; Schrempf, 5:24 4th). Charlotte 1 (Mason, 5:24 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 24,024. T: 2:15. Officials: David Jones, Dick Bavetta, Jim Capers.


GAME RECAP

Anthony Mason grabbed a season-high 17 rebounds as the Charlotte Hornets used a huge advantage on the boards to extend their winning streak to a season-high seven games with a 104-98 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics.

Glen Rice scored 29 points and hit the first of two free throws with 8.9 seconds left to give Charlotte a 102-98 lead. He missed the second, but Mason grabbed the offensive rebound and got the ball back to Rice, who made a pair of foul shots with 6.4 seconds remaining to secure the win.

That play typified the game on the glass for the SuperSonics, who pulled down just 20 rebounds against 48 by Charlotte. Matt Geiger had 11 rebounds and guard Bobby Phills added eight for the Hornets, who grabbed just one fewer offensive rebound than Seattle's total on the boards.

"Mase (Mason) is the best power forward, as far as defense goes," Rice said. "He has the muscle and wide body to keep guys off balance. Any time you play an All-Star (Vin Baker) that way, it definitely helps the team."

Vernon Maxwell scored all of his 22 points over the second and third quarters and Mason chipped in 13 and seven assists for Charlotte, which avenged a 102-81 loss in Seattle on January 6th.

Vin Baker scored 25 points and had a team-high five rebounds for the SuperSonics, who have suffered back-to-back losses for just the second time this season. Payton had 22 points and eight assists for Seattle, whose five-game winning streak ended Wednesday with a 96-83 defeat at Orlando.

"This is the best team, record-wise, in the league. Our philosophy tonight was to take them on man-on-man," Hornets coach Dave Cowens explained. "They want you to switch, but we took the challenge of stopping people alone tonight. We knew Baker would get his points, but Mason did a tremendous job on both ends of the court."

The SuperSonics also struggled at the free throw line, missing 10-of-20 attempts, including a 5-for-12 effort by Baker. Seattle shot 57 percent (40-for-70) from the field and forced 25 turnovers, resulting in 26 points, but had just four offensive rebounds.

"The combination of rebounds and free throws was unbelievable," Sonics coach George Karl said. "Looking at the 'Hustle Board', they had us doubled most of the night."

The Sonics trailed 86-80 early in the final period when Detlef Schrempf, who had 11 points and seven assists, buried a pair of jumpers around two free throws from Sam Perkins to tie the game with 7:33 to play. But Charlotte took the lead for good by scoring eight of the next nine points.

Mason hit a layup and Rice drained a jumper to make it 90-86 before Baker temporarily halted the spurt with a free throw. Mason came right back with a dunk and Phills, who scored 13 points, sank two foul shots to increase the advantage to 94-87 with 5:27 remaining.

The Sonics fought back and pulled within 99-97 on a three-pointer by Payton with 51 seconds to go. Baker had a chance to tie but missed a jumper and Rice pulled down the rebound, leading to a fast-break layup for Geiger.

Geiger was fouled on the play but missed the free throw, after which Baker made one of two from the line to trim the deficit to 101-98 with 9.9 seconds left. But the SuperSonics were unable to score again, suffering consecutive losses for the first time since January 11th-13th.

Geiger chipped in 12 points and David Wesley had 10, eight assists and five steals for Charlotte, which has won 10 of its last 13 games and owns a firm hold on fourth place in the Eastern Conference.

"On defense, we were closing down the middle and getting out on the shooters," Wesley said. "We are starting to find people, knowing where they are. We swung the ball around many times tonight very well. People are finishing shots, I cannot get assists unless they do that well."

Maxwell helped the Hornets take control in the second period. The game was knotted, 20-20, after one quarter, but Maxwell scored all 12 of his second-quarter points in a 15-3 burst early in the period. His third three-pointer capped the run, opening a 38-27 cushion with 7:47 remaining.

"Vernon was outstanding, he scored 22 points in 20 minutes," Cowens said. "He's hitting treys, then when they come out, he can blow by them. He's been on championship teams, so he knows what it's all about."

Charlotte went on to a 58-49 halftime lead and Maxwell hit two more three-pointers and scored 10 points in the third to help the Hornets stay in front. But Baker had six points in the quarter to put Seattle within striking distance at 76-72.

Hersey Hawkins had 13 points but was scoreless in the final period for the Sonics, who fell to 1-2 on a four-game road trip that concludes Sunday at Minnesota. Perkins finished with 11 points but he and fellow center Jim McIlvaine combined for just four rebounds.

"I guess the big thing was we weren't blocking out," Schrempf said. "We were caught standing a lot tonight. ... Besides defense, the rebounding aspect has been the worst category for us all season. You have to give the Hornets credit, their big guys played excellent down low."

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