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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PHOENIX 31 17 19 34 101 SEATTLE 18 31 17 28 94 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: PHO - JASON KIDD 30, DANNY MANNING 19, CLIFF ROBINSON 18 SEA - GARY PAYTON 31, VIN BAKER 19, DETLEF SCHREMPF 18

HIGH REBOUND: PHO - JOE KLEINE 8, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6 SEA - DETLEF SCHREMPF 4, FOUR PLAYERS WITH 3

HIGH ASSISTS: PHO - JASON KIDD 10, THREE PLAYERS WITH 5 SEA - FOUR PLAYERS WITH 5

ATT: 17,072


Extended Box

PHOENIX (101) AT SEATTLE (94)

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

GUGLIOTTA F 37 8-13 1-2 2 3 5 5 4 1 4 17 ROBINSON F 32 7-12 2-2 0 2 2 2 4 0 0 18 KLEINE C 28 1-2 0-0 6 2 8 0 2 0 2 2 CHAPMAN G 31 4-11 0-0 1 1 2 5 0 2 1 8 KIDD G 44 11-19 4-4 1 5 6 10 2 3 4 30 BROWN 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 GARRITY 8 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 MANNING 33 9-12 1-1 2 4 6 5 2 0 2 19 MCCLOUD 17 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 3 MORRIS 6 2-2 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 4 LONGLEY DNP - HYPEREXTENDED LEFT KNEE MILIC DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 43-75 8-9 12 20 32 29 16 7 13 101 (.573) (.889) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 14(24 PTS)

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

BAKER F 44 8-13 3-4 0 3 3 5 4 1 2 19 SCHREMPF F 39 8-10 2-2 0 4 4 1 2 0 0 18 POLYNICE C 22 0-2 0-0 0 3 3 1 2 1 2 0 HAWKINS G 36 4-7 2-3 1 2 3 5 1 1 4 12 PAYTON G 43 12-20 4-4 1 2 3 5 1 3 4 31 CROTTY 17 2-4 0-0 1 0 1 5 0 2 0 4 ELLIS 28 2-6 0-0 0 2 2 1 3 2 0 6 MCCOY 11 2-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 4 LEWIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION MACLEAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION STEPANIA DNP - COACH'S DECISION WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-64 11-13 3 16 19 24 13 11 12 94 (.594) (.846) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 14(14 PTS)

PHOENIX 31 17 19 34 - 101 SEATTLE 18 31 17 28 - 94

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHOENIX - NONE. SEATTLE - BAKER 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHOENIX 7-13 (.538), ROBINSON 2-3, CHAPMAN 0-4, KIDD 4-4, GARRITY 0-1, MCCLOUD 1-1. SEATTLE 7-16 (.438), SCHREMPF 0-1, HAWKINS 2-5, PAYTON 3-6, ELLIS 2-4. TECHNICALS: PHOENIX - GUGLIOTTA. OFFICIALS: JOE CRAWFORD, JIM CLARK, RASHAN MICHEL. A - 17,072. T - 1:57.


Box Score

PHOENIX (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gugliotta 37 8-13 1-2 2-5 5 4 17 Robinson 32 7-12 2-2 0-2 2 4 18 Kleine 28 1-2 0-0 6-8 0 2 2 Chapman 31 4-11 0-0 1-2 5 0 8 Kidd 44 11-19 4-4 1-6 10 2 30 Brown 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Garrity 8 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 Manning 33 9-12 1-1 2-6 5 2 19 Mccloud 17 1-2 0-0 0-1 1 1 3 Morris 6 2-2 0-0 0-2 0 0 4 Longley DNP - hyperextended left knee Milic DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 43-75 8-9 12-32 29 16 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.573, FT-.889. 3-Point Goals: 7-13, .538 (Robinson 2-3, Chapman 0-4, Kidd 4-4, Garrity 0-1, Mccloud 1-1). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: None. Turnovers: 14 (Gugliotta 4, Kidd 4, Kleine 2, Manning 2, Chapman). Steals: 7 (Kidd 3, Chapman 2, Gugliotta, Mccloud).

SEATTLE (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Baker 44 8-13 3-4 0-3 5 4 19 Schrempf 39 8-10 2-2 0-4 1 2 18 Polynice 22 0-2 0-0 0-3 1 2 0 Hawkins 36 4-7 2-3 1-3 5 1 12 Payton 43 12-20 4-4 1-3 5 1 31 Crotty 17 2-4 0-0 1-1 5 0 4 Ellis 28 2-6 0-0 0-2 1 3 6 Mccoy 11 2-2 0-0 0-0 1 0 4 Lewis DNP - coach's decision Maclean DNP - coach's decision Stepania DNP - coach's decision Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-64 11-13 3-19 24 13 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.594, FT-.846. 3-Point Goals: 7-16, .438 (Schrempf 0-1, Hawkins 2-5, Payton 3-6, Ellis 2-4). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 2 (Baker 2). Turnovers: 14 (Hawkins 4, Payton 4, Baker 2, Polynice 2). Steals: 11 (Payton 3, Crotty 2, Ellis 2, Baker, Hawkins, Mccoy, Polynice). ____________________________________________ Phoenix 31 17 19 34 - 101 Seattle 18 31 17 28 - 94 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Phoenix 1 (Gugliotta, 7:59 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,072. T: 1:57. Officials: Joe Crawford, Jim Clark, Rashan Michel.


Game Story

SEATTLE (Ticker) -- Jason Kidd again burned former Phoenix Suns coach Paul Westphal and the SuperSonics in Seattle. Last time it was his passing, this time it was his scoring.

Kidd won a tight battle with fellow star point guard Gary Payton, scoring 11 of his season-high 30 points in the fourth quarter to help the Suns again defeat their former coach with a 101-94 victory.

On March 4, Westphal faced his former team for the first time since Phoenix fired him three years ago and suffered a 101-93 home loss as Kidd collected an NBA season-high 19 assists.

One of Westphal's biggest problems while with Phoenix was rebounding, and that trouble apparently has followed him to Seattle. The Sonics established an NBA record-low by pulling down only 19, one fewer than the previous mark, set three times.

"To me, this was just one night, just like when the Bulls scored 49 points," Payton said. "Overall, I thought we had a good effort. This is a crazy up-and-down season."

Kidd buried all four of his 3-pointers, grabbed six rebounds made three steals and nearly doubled his season scoring average of 16.1 points per game. He had a layup, two assists and two boards during a decisive 20-6 burst in the fourth quarter that turned a one-point deficit into a 92-79 lead.

"I knew that Gary was going to come at me. He's one of the best players in the league," Kidd said. "I had to hope that he was going to have a bad night and miss some shots. However, tonight he didn't miss much. He's a big part of the Sonics' success, he's a warrior."

Payton hit a driving layup to pull Seattle within 92-85 with 1:58 to go, but Kidd answered with a backbreaking 3-pointer. He also made all four of his free throws in the final 40 seconds to help seal the win, which allowed Phoenix to tie Seattle for seventh place in the Western Conference.

Payton scored 31 points but went without a basket for the first nine-plus minutes of the final period, when Phoenix built a double-digit lead.

"The Suns played great defense," Payton added. "They kept switching their big men on me and made me alter my shots. On offense, they kept cutting to the hoop and getting layups."

Danny Manning scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half for the Suns, who handed the Sonics their sixth loss in nine games.

Kidd fired the first blow in his clash with Payton, scoring three baskets and feeding Tom Gugliotta for another as Phoenix raced to a 10-5 lead. Kidd had 11 points and five assists in the opening period, helping the Suns to a 31-18 advantage.

"Jason was really on his game tonight both offensively and defensively, even though Gary scored 30 points against us," said Suns coach Danny Ainge.

Payton responded with 14 points and three of his five assists in the second quarter and buried a 3-pointer that tied the game, 48-48, with 1:18 left. A free throw by Hersey Hawkins then put the Sonics in front for the first time, giving them a one-point edge at intermission.

Neither team led by more than three points in the third quarter, and Phoenix took a 67-66 lead into the fourth.

Both teams had impressive shooting performances. The Sonics connected on nearly 60 percent from the field (38-of-94), including 7-of-16 3-pointers, and sank 11-of-13 free throws. The Suns hit over 57 percent from the floor (43-of-75), drained 7-of-13 from beyond the arc and 8-of-9 at the line.

Cliff Robinson scored 18 points for Phoenix and Tom Gugliotta added 17 in his return from a knee sprain that forced him to miss six games. That starting forward duo combined to hit 15-of-25 from the field. Manning came off the bench to make 9-of-12.

"To win against Seattle means a lot and gives us a lot of confidence," Robinson said.

Vin Baker contributed 19 points and Detlef Schrempf added 18 for Seattle, which managed just two second-chance points to the Suns' 18. Schrempf led the Sonics with four rebounds.

"It's not everyday that you shoot almost 60 percent and still lose the game," said Hawkins, who chipped in 12 points. "It all comes down to rebounding and we did not rebound the ball well tonight."

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