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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SEATTLE 29 20 19 24 92 CHICAGO 22 30 13 18 83 FINAL


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SEATTLE (92) AT CHICAGO (83)

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

OWENS F 11 1-7 0-0 2 0 2 0 1 0 0 2 BAKER F 42 7-17 4-6 1 3 4 2 3 0 3 18 POLYNICE C 21 2-5 0-4 3 3 6 2 1 0 2 4 PAYTON G 40 9-17 2-4 0 2 2 6 3 3 3 25 HAWKINS G 41 3-8 3-4 0 6 6 8 3 2 1 11 SCHREMPF 31 4-8 10-13 2 8 10 4 3 0 1 18 ELLIS 24 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 3 WILLIAMS 17 1-4 5-8 1 7 8 0 3 0 1 7 BARRY 13 1-6 1-2 2 2 4 0 2 0 1 4 LEWIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION MACLEAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION STEPANIA DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 29-73 25-41 11 32 43 23 20 6 13 92 (.397) (.610) TEAM REBS: 23 TOTAL TO: 15(17 PTS)

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

KUKOC F 43 12-25 4-6 1 10 11 4 3 0 2 28 BARRY F 31 4-11 1-1 1 3 4 5 6 2 2 10 SIMPKINS C 31 2-5 0-0 2 5 7 1 3 1 2 4 HARPER G 31 4-10 0-0 2 3 5 4 4 1 2 9 BROWN G 39 2-7 6-6 0 2 2 5 4 1 1 10 C BENJAMIN 5 1-3 2-2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 4 BRYANT 25 4-7 2-3 5 0 5 0 5 1 0 10 DAVID 12 0-2 2-2 0 3 3 0 1 0 1 2 CARR 13 2-8 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 5 BOOTH 4 0-0 1-2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 LANG 6 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 0 WENNINGTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-79 18-22 11 28 39 20 31 7 10 83 (.392) (.818) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 12(11 PTS)

SEATTLE 29 20 19 24 - 92 CHICAGO 22 30 13 18 - 83

BLOCKED SHOTS: SEATTLE - BAKER, SCHREMPF. CHICAGO - HARPER 3, BARRY 2, KUKOC, LANG. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SEATTLE 9-21 (.429), OWENS 0-1, PAYTON 5-10, HAWKINS 2-4, ELLIS 1-1, BARRY 1-5. CHICAGO 3-16 (.188), KUKOC 0-4, BARRY 1-4, HARPER 1-4, BROWN 0-1, CARR 1-3. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: GREG WILLARD, RONNIE NUNN, RASHAN MICHEL. A - 22,391. T - 2:26.


Box Score

SEATTLE (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Owens 11 1-7 0-0 2-2 0 1 2 Baker 42 7-17 4-6 1-4 2 3 18 Polynice 21 2-5 0-4 3-6 2 1 4 Payton 40 9-17 2-4 0-2 6 3 25 Hawkins 41 3-8 3-4 0-6 8 3 11 Schrempf 31 4-8 10-13 2-10 4 3 18 Ellis 24 1-1 0-0 0-1 1 1 3 Williams 17 1-4 5-8 1-8 0 3 7 Barry 13 1-6 1-2 2-4 0 2 4 Lewis DNP - coach's decision Maclean DNP - coach's decision Stepania DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-73 25-41 11-43 23 20 92 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.397, FT-.610. 3-Point Goals: 9-21, .429 (Owens 0-1, Payton 5-10, Hawkins 2-4, Ellis 1-1, Barry 1-5). Team rebounds: 23. Blocked shots: 2 (Baker, Schrempf). Turnovers: 15 (Baker 3, Payton 3, Polynice 2, Barry, Ellis, Hawkins, Schrempf, Williams). Steals: 6 (Payton 3, Hawkins 2, Ellis).

CHICAGO (83) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Kukoc 43 12-25 4-6 1-11 4 3 28 Barry 31 4-11 1-1 1-4 5 6 10 Simpkins 31 2-5 0-0 2-7 1 3 4 Harper 31 4-10 0-0 2-5 4 4 9 Brown 39 2-7 6-6 0-2 5 4 10 C Benjamin 5 1-3 2-2 0-0 0 2 4 Bryant 25 4-7 2-3 5-5 0 5 10 David 12 0-2 2-2 0-3 0 1 2 Carr 13 2-8 0-0 0-0 0 1 5 Booth 4 0-0 1-2 0-1 0 0 1 Lang 6 0-1 0-0 0-1 1 2 0 Wennington DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-79 18-22 11-39 20 31 83 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.392, FT-.818. 3-Point Goals: 3-16, .188 (Kukoc 0-4, Barry 1-4, Harper 1-4, Brown 0-1, Carr 1-3). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 7 (Harper 3, Barry 2, Kukoc, Lang). Turnovers: 12 (Barry 2, Harper 2, Kukoc 2, Simpkins 2, Brown, David). Steals: 7 (Barry 2, Brown, Bryant, Carr, Harper, Simpkins). ____________________________________________ Seattle 29 20 19 24 - 92 Chicago 22 30 13 18 - 83 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 22,391. T: 2:26. Officials: Greg Willard, Ronnie Nunn, Rashan Michel.


Game Story

CHICAGO (Ticker) -- All the Seattle SuperSonics needed to end their longest losing streak in eight years was a trip to a city where they had won only once in the last 15 years.

Gary Payton scored 25 points, including a pair of key baskets down the stretch, as the SuperSonics halted their five-game slide with a 92-83 victory over the Chicago Bulls.

Seattle, which opened the season with six straight wins, had lost its last five games by an average of 5.2 points but finally managed to win a close contest, notching just its second victory in its last 16 visits to Chicago.

With Seattle clinging to an 83-82 lead, Payton buried a jumper with 2:12 to go. He drilled the last of his five 3-pointers with 45 seconds left, building an 88-82 lead. The Bulls managed only one point over the final 2:26.

The Sonics, who won for just the third time in nine road games, had dropped three straight in Chicago since January 6, 1995. They ended their longest skid since dropping five in a row from March 7-16, 1991.

"We're all right. We just needed this win," Payton said. "We're still not clicking on all cylinders and we're struggling in all areas -- defense, offense and attitudes."

Toni Kukoc had 28 points and 11 rebounds but was limited to just seven points in the second half for Chicago, which quickly returned to its low-scoring ways. The Bulls, who came into the game averaging a league-low 82 points per game, had broken the century mark for the first time all season Tuesday in a win over New Jersey.

Both teams shot under 40 percent from the field, but the Sonics made 9-of-21 3-pointers while the Bulls hit just 3-of-16. Seattle again was mediocre at the foul line, making just 25-of-41.

"Tonight, we broke the habit of losing," said Sonics coach Paul Westphal. "We've lost some real heart-breakers on the road this (three-game) road trip. It was against good teams, but there are no moral victories in the NBA."

A jumper by Kukoc gave Chicago a 74-71 lead with 9:14 left. Detlef Schrempf, who had another big game off the bench with 18 points and 10 rebounds, answered with a free throw to spark an 8-0 spurt. Vin Baker hit a jumper and layup before Payton's 3-pointer gave Seattle a 79-74 lead with 6:43 remaining.

The Bulls cut it to 83-82 on a short jumper by Mark Bryant with 2:29 to go but Payton responded with a 17-footer. Randy Brown and Bryant both missed jumpers before Payton's devastating 3-pointer.

"Down the stretch, Gary Payton stepped up and showed why he is one of the premiere players in the game," said Bulls forward Brent Barry. "He knocked down some big shots and he hit a big 3-pointer at the top of the key. That pretty much buried us."

"Talented players are always going to step up," Brown said. "I don't really care about Seattle's players stepping up, I was waiting for Toni (Kukoc) to step up."

Baker contributed 18 points for the Sonics, who avoided falling below .500 for the first time since November 5, 1996, when it was 1-2.

"It's easy for me to stay positive. I've been blessed that way both mentally and physically," Baker said. "When things go bad, it's not how you go through that, but how you bounce back."

Schrempf was the Sonics' best player during the three-day stretch, averaging 17.7 points and 10.7 rebounds.

Payton had 12 points in the first quarter, helping Seattle grab a 29-22 advantage. Kukoc answered with 10 in the second, and a 3-pointer by rookie Cory Carr with 16 seconds left lifted Chicago to a 52-49 edge at intermission.

The Sonics led by as many as eight points in the third quarter but the Bulls whittled the deficit to 68-65 by the end of the period. Chicago failed to complete the comeback in the fourth quarter, hitting just 7-of-23 (30 percent) from the floor.

Brown, Bryant and Barry scored 10 points apiece for the Bulls, who committed just 12 turnovers and hit 18-of-22 free throws.

"We never established anything in the second half," said Bulls coach Tim Floyd. "Going to jump shots was our Achilles heel."

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