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NBA FINAL IN OT 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH OT TOTAL --- --- --- --- --- ----- SEATTLE 24 21 25 21 8 99 SACRAMENTO 25 26 21 19 7 98 FINAL IN 1ST OT

HIGH SCORERS: SEA - DETLEF SCHREMPF 19, HERSEY HAWKINS 15, JOHN CROTTY 15 SAC - CHRIS WEBBER 26, CORLISS WILLIAMSON 17, VERNON MAXWELL 16

HIGH REBOUND: SEA - OLDEN POLYNICE 16, DETLEF SCHREMPF 13 SAC - CHRIS WEBBER 21, VLADE DIVAC 15

HIGH ASSISTS: SEA - GARY PAYTON 10, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3 SAC - JASON WILLIAMS 13, VLADE DIVAC 6

ATT: 17,317


Extended Box

SEATTLE (99) AT SACRAMENTO (98) - FINAL IN OT

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

BAKER F 23 5-12 2-3 3 1 4 0 2 0 3 12 SCHREMPF F 43 7-15 3-4 2 11 13 3 4 0 2 19 POLYNICE C 46 5-11 2-6 3 13 16 0 3 0 0 12 HAWKINS G 42 5-15 4-4 3 4 7 3 5 3 2 15 PAYTON G 44 4-18 0-1 1 4 5 10 1 0 2 8 CROTTY 27 4-10 5-6 0 2 2 1 3 0 1 15 ELLIS 22 4-8 0-0 2 3 5 0 3 1 3 11 MCCOY 18 3-4 1-2 1 2 3 0 2 1 1 7 LEWIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION MACLEAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION STEPANIA DNP - COACH'S DECISION WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 37-93 17-26 15 40 55 17 23 5 14 99 (.398) (.654) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 18(22 PTS)

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

WEBBER F 50 12-20 2-3 4 17 21 4 5 3 2 26 C WILLIAMSON F 28 8-16 1-4 4 2 6 2 2 0 2 17 DIVAC C 43 6-15 2-6 6 9 15 6 5 1 2 15 ABDUL-WAHAD G 34 5-10 1-2 4 1 5 1 5 0 2 11 J WILLIAMS G 46 2-13 2-2 1 6 7 13 3 4 6 6 FUNDERBURKE 11 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 0 1 2 HAWKINS 7 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 MAXWELL 24 6-13 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 1 1 16 STOJAKOVIC 22 2-8 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 1 1 5 BARRY DNP - COACH'S DECISION JAMES DNP - COACH'S DECISION POLLARD DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 42-98 8-17 19 39 58 28 25 10 19 98 (.429) (.471) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 20(17 PTS)

SEATTLE 24 21 25 21 8 - 99 SACRAMENTO 25 26 21 19 7 - 98

BLOCKED SHOTS: SEATTLE - SCHREMPF, POLYNICE, MCCOY, ELLIS. SACRAMENTO - WEBBER 2, DIVAC. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SEATTLE 8-25 (.320), SCHREMPF 2-5, HAWKINS 1-4, PAYTON 0-6, CROTTY 2-5, ELLIS 3-5. SACRAMENTO 6-23 (.261), WEBBER 0-1, DIVAC 1-2, J WILLIAMS 0-6, MAXWELL 4-9, STOJAKOVIC 1-5. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JESS KERSEY, TOM WASHINGTON, TONY BROTHERS. A - 17,317. T - 2:35.


Box Score

SEATTLE (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Baker 23 5-12 2-3 3-4 0 2 12 Schrempf 43 7-15 3-4 2-13 3 4 19 Polynice 46 5-11 2-6 3-16 0 3 12 Hawkins 42 5-15 4-4 3-7 3 5 15 Payton 44 4-18 0-1 1-5 10 1 8 Crotty 27 4-10 5-6 0-2 1 3 15 Ellis 22 4-8 0-0 2-5 0 3 11 Mccoy 18 3-4 1-2 1-3 0 2 7 Lewis DNP - coach's decision Maclean DNP - coach's decision Stepania DNP - coach's decision Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 37-93 17-26 15-55 17 23 99 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.398, FT-.654. 3-Point Goals: 8-25, .320 (Schrempf 2-5, Hawkins 1-4, Payton 0-6, Crotty 2-5, Ellis 3-5). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 4 (Schrempf, Polynice, Mccoy, Ellis). Turnovers: 18 (Baker 3, Ellis 3, Hawkins 2, Payton 2, Schrempf 2, Crotty, Mccoy). Steals: 5 (Hawkins 3, Ellis, Mccoy).

SACRAMENTO (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Webber 50 12-20 2-3 4-21 4 5 26 C Williamson 28 8-16 1-4 4-6 2 2 17 Divac 43 6-15 2-6 6-15 6 5 15 Abdul-wahad 34 5-10 1-2 4-5 1 5 11 J Williams 46 2-13 2-2 1-7 13 3 6 Funderburke 11 1-2 0-0 0-2 1 1 2 Hawkins 7 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Maxwell 24 6-13 0-0 0-1 1 2 16 Stojakovic 22 2-8 0-0 0-1 0 2 5 Barry DNP - coach's decision James DNP - coach's decision Pollard DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 42-98 8-17 19-58 28 25 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.429, FT-.471. 3-Point Goals: 6-23, .261 (Webber 0-1, Divac 1-2, J Williams 0-6, Maxwell 4-9, Stojakovic 1-5). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 3 (Webber 2, Divac). Turnovers: 20 (J Williams 6, Abdul-wahad 2, C Williamson 2, Divac 2, Hawkins 2, Webber 2, Funderburke, Maxwell, Stojakovic). Steals: 10 (J Williams 4, Webber 3, Divac, Maxwell, Stojakovic). _________________________________________________ Seattle 24 21 25 21 8 - 99 Sacramento 25 26 21 19 7 - 98 _________________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,317. T: 2:35. Officials: Jess Kersey, Tom Washington, Tony Brothers.


Game Story

SACRAMENTO, California (Ticker) -- Hersey Hawkins' 3-pointer as time expired in overtime capped a wild finish as the Seattle SuperSonics outlasted the Sacramento Kings, 99-98, in a crucial battle for playoff position in the Western Conference.

With his team trailing 98-96 and 7.3 seconds left, Gary Payton dribbled down the right sideline and found Hawkins alone in the right corner. Hawkins, who finished with 15 points, released the ball just before the buzzer sounded and hit nothing but net as the Sonics climbed into seventh place in the West, one-half game ahead of eighth-place Phoenix.

"When I ran into the game, (coach Paul Westphal) said to me, `Go into the corner, knock down a (3-pointer) and let's get out of here'," said Hawkins. "And that's exactly what happened."

"We had five small guys on the floor but you never know who's going to be open," added Westphal. "The play is for Gary to take it to the basket and if he can get there, great. But if they help, then he can kick it out to whoever's open. Then I said, `Hawk, can you go stand in the corner and shoot it if they throw it to you?' He limped out there and had everybody disregard him. But it was a beautiful thing."

The Kings, who could have pulled within one-half game of the Sonics, fell to 10th in the West, two games behind Phoenix.

Detlef Schrempf collected 19 points and reserve guard John Crotty scored 15 for Seattle, which evened the season series with the Kings at 2-2.

Chris Webber had 26 points and tied a career high with 21 rebounds for the Kings. However, he missed the first of two free throws to set up Hawkins' winning shot.

"(The free throws) hurt us but we were up when they took the last shot," Webber said. "And that's all you can ask, to make the other team hit a (3-pointer). I'll take that most nights."

Corliss Williamson scored 17 points and Vernon Maxwell added 15, including five in overtime, for the Kings, who may not make the playoffs this season but are having fun trying. The NBA's highest-scoring team, Sacramento has had a flair for the dramatic, going to overtime in seven games this season -- three times against Seattle alone.

"I don't know what to say," Webber added. "This is a hard loss because of the bottom line. We really needed this win. Looking back, we should have 20, 21 wins. It hurts, these things come back to haunt you. But we're not out of it yet. I never heard a crowd so quiet. That's what we love to do to the people at other arenas."

With the Kings trailing, 90-86, rookie Jason Williams hit an acrobatic bank shot from the lane with 1:16 to play. Williamson missed a driving layup with 25 seconds left that could have knotted the contest and former King Olden Polynice grabbed the rebound and was fouled three seconds later.

Polynice, a 28 percent free throw shooter, put up an airball on his first attempt and clanged the second off the back rim as Kings' fans hurled insults at the seven-foot center who spent the previous four seasons in Sacramento.

But rookie Predrag Stojakovic missed a 3-pointer on the ensuing trip and Polynice again grabbed the rebound before going to the line with a chance to clinch it with 4.4 seconds left.

Polynice drained the first and pumped his fist at his teammates as the crowd booed. He shot another airball and the Kings called timeout to set up their final chance.

Vlade Divac caught an inbounds pass and dribbled down the right sideline toward the paint before unleashing a cross-court pass to Stojakovic. He fired up a 3-pointer from the left corner just before the buzzer sounded.

The ball bounded off the rim and sailed several feet above the hoop. Polynice began making lewd gestures at the crowd in celebration but failed to notice the ball sinking through the twine, knotting the contest at 91-91.

"It was very deflating to say the least to have that shot bounce in," Westphal added. "Yet, somehow we found a way to gather the emotion and energy to come back and win in overtime."

Polynice, who had 12 points and 16 rebounds, had to play another five minutes before he could truly celebrate.

"It's just a disappointing loss," Sacramento coach Rick Adelman said. "It's the second one this week. On the last possession, we had a foul to give but we really didn't want to use it that early. I really don't know who was guarding Hersey. Obviously we made a mistake."

Payton has carried the Sonics for most of the season but had a lackluster performance tonight. He was just 4-of-18 from the field for eight points, but did manage to hand out 10 assists, none being more important than his final dish to Hawkins.

"I was glad to make the shot, of course," added Hawkins. "It was the only jumper I made. I give Gary the credit for having enough confidence in me to even knock the shot down and pass me the basketball."

Vin Baker scored 12 points and Dale Ellis added 11 for the Sonics, who shot 40 percent (37-of-93) and yielded 22 points off 18 turnovers.

Divac collected 15 points and 15 rebounds and Tariq Abdul-Wahad added 11 points for Sacramento, which shot 43 percent (42-of-98) and held a 58-55 advantage on the boards. Williams matched a season high with 13 assists.

"A couple of big mental mistakes and not hitting our free throws really hurt us tonight," Divac said. "We should have stayed on (Hawkins) and not let Payton suck us in. But that's what happened."

Both teams missed crucial free throws down the stretch in regulation and overtime. Sacramento was an anemic 8-of-17 from the stripe and Seattle made 17-of-26.

The game, which featured nine lead changes and as many ties, seemed to swing in the Sonics' direction midway through the fourth quarter.

Trailing 82-79 with 6:56 to play, the Sonics went on an 8-0 run. Payton made a layup and hit a short jumper, Crotty added a driving layup and Schrempf capped the burst on a tip-in with 3:27 left that gave the Sonics an 87-82 lead.

But Williamson hit a seven-footer and Divac followed with a layup, setting the stage for a frantic finish.

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