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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- VANCOUVER 24 25 29 17 95 SACRAMENTO 28 17 31 23 99 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: VAN - SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 26, MIKE BIBBY 20, TONY MASSENBURG 12 SAC - VLADE DIVAC 29, CORLISS WILLIAMSON 14, SCOT POLLARD 13

HIGH REBOUND: VAN - MICHAEL SMITH 14, FELIPE LOPEZ 7 SAC - VLADE DIVAC 17, SCOT POLLARD 12

HIGH ASSISTS: VAN - MIKE BIBBY 7, TERRY DEHERE 4 SAC - JON BARRY 5, VLADE DIVAC 4

ATT: 17,317


Extended Box

VANCOUVER (95) AT SACRAMENTO (99)

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

ABDUR-RAHIM F 39 9-16 7-9 0 2 2 0 5 2 3 26 PARKS F 25 1-6 0-1 1 4 5 0 5 3 1 2 MASSENBURG C 30 5-13 2-2 1 3 4 0 4 1 3 12 BIBBY G 36 8-16 4-4 0 1 1 7 0 1 1 20 LOPEZ G 29 5-14 1-2 3 4 7 1 4 3 2 11 CHILCUTT 6 0-2 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 DEHERE 22 3-8 1-1 1 3 4 4 2 1 2 9 HENDERSON 6 2-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 4 SMITH 35 3-7 5-8 4 10 14 1 3 1 3 11 WHEAT 12 0-1 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 1 1 0 NDIAYE DNP - COACH'S DECISION RHODES DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-85 20-27 11 31 42 13 25 13 16 95 (.424) (.741) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 16(15 PTS)

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

POLLARD F 33 6-11 1-2 5 7 12 1 5 2 1 13 C WILLIAMSON F 28 6-12 2-2 3 2 5 1 3 1 2 14 DIVAC C 40 9-14 11-19 4 13 17 4 2 2 4 29 ABDUL-WAHAD G 14 2-4 1-1 0 1 1 1 4 0 1 5 J WILLIAMS G 28 0-7 7-8 0 2 2 2 1 1 3 7 BARRY 27 1-3 0-0 1 2 3 5 2 1 3 2 FUNDERBURKE 22 3-6 1-1 5 4 9 0 2 0 3 7 MAXWELL 28 3-15 4-6 0 2 2 1 1 1 2 12 STOJAKOVIC 20 4-12 0-0 2 2 4 2 2 0 1 10 WEBBER DNP - SPRAINED SACRO-ILLIAC JOINT JAMES DNP - COACH'S DECISION HAWKINS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-84 27-39 20 35 55 17 22 8 20 99 (.405) (.692) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 20(21 PTS)

VANCOUVER 24 25 29 17 - 95 SACRAMENTO 28 17 31 23 - 99

BLOCKED SHOTS: VANCOUVER - MASSENBURG. SACRAMENTO - FUNDERBURKE 3, POLLARD 2, STOJAKOVIC 2, DIVAC. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: VANCOUVER 3-7 (.429), ABDUR-RAHIM 1-1, MASSENBURG 0-1, BIBBY 0-1, DEHERE 2-4. SACRAMENTO 4-22 (.182), J WILLIAMS 0-5, BARRY 0-1, MAXWELL 2-9, STOJAKOVIC 2-7. TECHNICALS: VANCOUVER - SMITH, BIBBY, ABDUR-RAHIM, ILLEGAL DEFENSE, SACRAMENTO - FUNDERBURKE, ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: JESS KERSEY, GREG WILLARD, DEREK RICHARDSON. A - 17,317. T - 2:25.


Box Score

VANCOUVER (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Abdur-rahim 39 9-16 7-9 0-2 0 5 26 Parks 25 1-6 0-1 1-5 0 5 2 Massenburg 30 5-13 2-2 1-4 0 4 12 Bibby 36 8-16 4-4 0-1 7 0 20 Lopez 29 5-14 1-2 3-7 1 4 11 Chilcutt 6 0-2 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 Dehere 22 3-8 1-1 1-4 4 2 9 Henderson 6 2-2 0-0 0-1 0 1 4 Smith 35 3-7 5-8 4-14 1 3 11 Wheat 12 0-1 0-0 1-2 0 1 0 Ndiaye DNP - coach's decision Rhodes DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-85 20-27 11-42 13 25 95 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.424, FT-.741. 3-Point Goals: 3-7, .429 (Abdur-rahim 1-1, Massenburg 0-1, Bibby 0-1, Dehere 2-4). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 1 (Massenburg). Turnovers: 16 (Abdur-rahim 3, Massenburg 3, Smith 3, Dehere 2, Lopez 2, Bibby, Parks, Wheat). Steals: 13 (Lopez 3, Parks 3, Abdur-rahim 2, Bibby, Dehere, Massenburg, Smith, Wheat).

SACRAMENTO (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pollard 33 6-11 1-2 5-12 1 5 13 C Williamson 28 6-12 2-2 3-5 1 3 14 Divac 40 9-14 11-19 4-17 4 2 29 Abdul-wahad 14 2-4 1-1 0-1 1 4 5 J Williams 28 0-7 7-8 0-2 2 1 7 Barry 27 1-3 0-0 1-3 5 2 2 Funderburke 22 3-6 1-1 5-9 0 2 7 Maxwell 28 3-15 4-6 0-2 1 1 12 Stojakovic 20 4-12 0-0 2-4 2 2 10 Webber DNP - sprained sacro-illiac joint James DNP - coach's decision Hawkins DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-84 27-39 20-55 17 22 99 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.405, FT-.692. 3-Point Goals: 4-22, .182 (J Williams 0-5, Barry 0-1, Maxwell 2-9, Stojakovic 2-7). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 8 (Funderburke 3, Pollard 2, Stojakovic 2, Divac). Turnovers: 20 (Divac 4, Barry 3, Funderburke 3, J Williams 3, C Williamson 2, Maxwell 2, Abdul-wahad, Pollard, Stojakovic). Steals: 8 (Divac 2, Pollard 2, Barry, C Williamson, J Williams, Maxwell). ____________________________________________ Vancouver 24 25 29 17 - 95 Sacramento 28 17 31 23 - 99 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Vancouver 4 (Smith, 2:40 1st; Bibby, 1:06 1st; Abdur-rahim, 0:45 1st; Illegal Defense, 1:58 4th). Sacramento 2 (Funderburke, 8:45 2nd; Illegal Defense, 1:58 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,317. T: 2:25. Officials: Jess Kersey, Greg Willard, Derek Richardson.


Game Story

SACRAMENTO, California (Ticker) -- Vlade Divac had season highs of 29 points and 17 rebounds as the Sacramento Kings clinched the sixth seed in the Western Conference playoffs with a season-ending 99-95 victory over the Vancouver Grizzlies.

The Kings completed a breathtaking regular season with 10 wins in their last 11 games. One of the league's most exciting teams, Sacramento (27-23) will face the two-time defending conference champion Utah Jazz (37-13) in a best-of-five first-round series.

"I think when people asked me three weeks ago about the playoffs, I said, `Someone is going to get eight of 10 wins to get in,'" Sacramento coach Rick Adelman said. "I just didn't know it would be us or that we'd get 10 out of 11. It's a great compliment to our team that they were able to do that."

Utah took two of three meetings from Sacramento this season but all three games were decided in overtime.

"All three games with Utah went to overtime so I know we match up well with them," Divac added. "We just have to defend the pick-and-roll because that is their best weapon. If we can do that, we have a good chance to win it."

Playing without leading scorer and rebounder Chris Webber, who has been hampered by back spasms for the past two weeks, the Kings relied on their veteran center to lead them down the stretch.

Divac put the Kings ahead for good, 90-89, with a six-foot hook in the lane with 1:47 to play and added a running jumper to extend the lead to three with 1:25 left. He scored nine points in the fourth quarter, including a pair of free throws with 23 seconds to go that made it 96-93.

"I felt I had to take the game into my hands and step it up because we could not let the opportunity slip away," Divac said.

Rookie Jason Williams and veteran Vernon Maxwell combined to make 3-of-4 free throws in the closing moments as the Kings completed a four-game series sweep of the lowly Grizzlies.

The Kings finished with a winning record for the first time since going 45-37 in the 1981-82 campaign, when they were in Kansas City. In the playoffs for just the third time since moving to Sacramento in 1985, the Kings hope to advance beyond the first round for the first time since reaching the Western Conference finals in 1981.

Shareef Abdur-Rahim scored 26 points and rookie Mike Bibby added 20 for Vancouver, which lost its 23rd consecutive road game. Sacramento holds the record with 43 from 1990-91.

"We fought hard and stayed in the game," Abdul-Rahim said. "We got up on them and were in a position where we could have won the game but we just didn't close it up. That sums it up."

The Grizzlies (8-42) finished with the league's worst record, losing their last seven games.

Corliss Williamson scored 14 points and Scot Pollard, starting for Webber, recorded a double-double with 13 points and a career-high 12 rebounds for the Kings.

"Utah's really good," Pollard said. "You know they went to the finals the last two years. We are going to have to play our `A' game to beat them. But I think we match up very well with them."

Lawrence Funderburke collected 12 points and rookie Predrag Stojakovic added 10 for Sacramento, which shot 41 percent (34-of-84) and held a 55-42 advantage on the boards.

"There was a great deal of pressure on us out there tonight," Funderburke said. "But it showed that if we go out and play with a lot of aggression, good things will happen. This is great, to go from basically in the cellar to the sixth spot. It just shows that this organization is trying to make the moves to win."

Tony Massenburg scored 12 points and rookie Felipe Lopez added 11 for the Grizzlies, who shot 42 percent (36-of-85) and scored 21 points off 20 turnovers.

Michael Smith had 11 points and 14 rebounds for Vancouver, which lost the battle on the offensive glass, 20-11.

Maxwell and Williams were a combined 3-of-22 from the field, including 0-of-7 by Williams. But the two combined to make 11-of-14 at the line.

Divac was 9-of-14 from the field and 11-of-19 at the line. He missed a pair from the stripe with 4:33 remaining and the Kings trailing, 85-84.

Smith hit two free throws with 3:26 to go, giving Vancouver an 87-84 lead before Divac made 1-of-2 from the line and Funderburke hit a short jumper to knot the game with 2:34 left.

Abdur-Rahim gave Vancouver its last lead, 89-87, with a running jumper on the ensuing trip. Williams converted a technical free throw with 1:58 left before Divac took over.

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