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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SEATTLE 31 27 27 17 102 LA CLIPPERS 31 22 16 20 89 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: SEA - GARY PAYTON 19, VIN BAKER 16, TWO PLAYERS WITH 14 LAC - MAURICE TAYLOR 19, DEREK ANDERSON 19, TYRONE NESBY 13

HIGH REBOUND: SEA - RASHARD LEWIS 8, BRENT BARRY 7 LAC - LAMAR ODOM 8, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6

HIGH ASSISTS: SEA - HORACE GRANT 6, BRENT BARRY 4 LAC - ERIC MURDOCK 6, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 10,326


Extended Box

SEATTLE (102) AT LA CLIPPERS (89)

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

BAKER F 34 4-10 8-11 2 3 5 3 2 1 3 16 PATTERSON F 30 4-8 4-6 2 3 5 0 4 3 4 12 GRANT C 30 5-11 4-4 3 3 6 6 1 1 0 14 B BARRY G 35 5-9 1-1 0 7 7 4 2 3 3 14 PAYTON G 35 7-12 4-5 1 3 4 3 3 0 5 19 MAXWELL 12 2-5 2-2 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 7 MCCOY 9 1-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 2 LEWIS 23 6-9 0-0 2 6 8 0 5 0 2 12 FOSTER 16 2-3 0-0 0 1 1 1 4 0 0 4 DAVIS 13 1-3 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 2 2 VINSON 2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 STEPANIA 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 37-72 23-29 11 29 40 18 24 8 19 102 (.514) (.793) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 20(12 PTS)

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

ODOM F 33 5-13 2-4 4 4 8 3 4 0 1 12 TAYLOR F 38 6-17 7-8 2 4 6 2 3 1 2 19 OLOWOKANDI C 19 3-6 0-0 3 2 5 0 5 0 1 6 ANDERSON G 35 7-12 3-3 2 3 5 3 1 0 3 19 MURDOCK G 22 3-6 0-2 0 2 2 6 3 1 0 6 SKINNER 24 2-5 2-2 2 3 5 0 2 1 1 6 PIATKOWSKI 18 1-7 1-2 1 1 2 0 3 0 1 4 NESBY 30 3-15 7-8 3 3 6 0 4 3 1 13 HUDSON 13 2-5 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 JONES 8 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 AVENT DNP - COACH'S DECISION CLOSS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-87 22-29 17 23 40 15 25 7 10 89 (.368) (.759) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 11(21 PTS)

SEATTLE 31 27 27 17 - 102 LA CLIPPERS 31 22 16 20 - 89

BLOCKED SHOTS: SEATTLE - GRANT 2, BAKER, B BARRY, FOSTER. LA CLIPPERS - ODOM, TAYLOR, OLOWOKANDI. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SEATTLE 5-10 (.500), B BARRY 3-4, PAYTON 1-4, MAXWELL 1-2. LA CLIPPERS 3-12 (.250), ODOM 0-1, TAYLOR 0-1, ANDERSON 2-4, PIATKOWSKI 1-4, HUDSON 0-2. TECHNICALS: SEATTLE - PAYTON, LA CLIPPERS - ASSISTANT COACH TODD. OFFICIALS: TOMMY NUNEZ, HUE HOLLINS, RODNEY MOTT. A - 10,326. T - 2:14.


Box Score

SEATTLE (102) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Baker 34 4-10 8-11 2-5 3 2 16 Patterson 30 4-8 4-6 2-5 0 4 12 Grant 30 5-11 4-4 3-6 6 1 14 B Barry 35 5-9 1-1 0-7 4 2 14 Payton 35 7-12 4-5 1-4 3 3 19 Maxwell 12 2-5 2-2 0-0 1 1 7 Mccoy 9 1-1 0-0 0-2 0 2 2 Lewis 23 6-9 0-0 2-8 0 5 12 Foster 16 2-3 0-0 0-1 1 4 4 Davis 13 1-3 0-0 1-2 0 0 2 Vinson 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Stepania 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-72 23-29 11-40 18 24 102 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.514, FT-.793. 3-Point Goals: 5-10, .500 (B Barry 3-4, Payton 1-4, Maxwell 1-2). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 5 (Grant 2, Baker, B Barry, Foster). Turnovers: 20 (Payton 5, Patterson 4, B Barry 3, Baker 3, Davis 2, Lewis 2). Steals: 8 (B Barry 3, Patterson 3, Baker, Grant).

LA CLIPPERS (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Odom 33 5-13 2-4 4-8 3 4 12 Taylor 38 6-17 7-8 2-6 2 3 19 Olowokandi 19 3-6 0-0 3-5 0 5 6 Anderson 35 7-12 3-3 2-5 3 1 19 Murdock 22 3-6 0-2 0-2 6 3 6 Skinner 24 2-5 2-2 2-5 0 2 6 Piatkowski 18 1-7 1-2 1-2 0 3 4 Nesby 30 3-15 7-8 3-6 0 4 13 Hudson 13 2-5 0-0 0-0 0 0 4 Jones 8 0-1 0-0 0-1 1 0 0 Avent DNP - coach's decision Closs DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-87 22-29 17-40 15 25 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.368, FT-.759. 3-Point Goals: 3-12, .250 (Odom 0-1, Taylor 0-1, Anderson 2-4, Piatkowski 1-4, Hudson 0-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 3 (Odom, Taylor, Olowokandi). Turnovers: 11 (Anderson 3, Taylor 2, Nesby, Odom, Olowokandi, Piatkowski, Skinner). Steals: 7 (Nesby 3, Jones, Murdock, Skinner, Taylor). ____________________________________________ Seattle 31 27 27 17 - 102 La Clippers 31 22 16 20 - 89 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Seattle 1 (Payton, 3:39 2nd). La Clippers 1 (Assistant Coach Todd, 11:01 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 10,326. T: 2:14. Officials: Tommy Nunez, Hue Hollins, Rodney Mott.


Game Story

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- Youngster Rashard Lewis often plays wild, while veteran Horace Grant usually is wily. Together, they helped the Seattle SuperSonics continue their dominance of the Los Angeles Clippers.

Lewis and Grant each fueled pivotal bursts as the SuperSonics defeated the Clippers for the 11th straight time, 102-89.

Lewis, a 20-year-old second-year player who entered the NBA out of high school, collected 12 points and eight rebounds. He had three dunks in a second-quarter surge that gave Seattle the lead for good.

"Coach (Paul Westphal) is looking for us to come in and play aggressive," Lewis said. "If I don't, I don't belong on the floor."

"I give him a little guidance off the court as well as on," Grant said. "He's not old enough to drink and I talk to him about being patient on and off the court. I tell him to be patient with himself because once he gets some experience I am looking for him to become an All-Star on this team."

Grant, 34, a 13-year veteran with three championship rings on his resume, scored six of his 14 points in an 8-0 run that doubled the lead to 75-59 midway through the third quarter.

"He's that type of person who lets anyone know if we're doing it right or wrong," Lewis said. "He knows the game. I know that personally he's really a good person, not looking out for himself alone but everyone else."

"I've played in this league 13 years and with some of the game's greatest players," said Grant, who has been a teammate of Michael Jordan and Shaquille O'Neal. "We need to show the young players how the game is played in the NBA. And Rashard takes advice very well and looks for guidance. He's a great young player and a nice person, too."

Gary Payton shook off an early twisted ankle to score 19 points for Seattle, which improved to 3-0 against Los Angeles this season and has not lost to the Clippers since January 13, 1997. Overall, the Sonics have won four of five and eight of 10.

Maurice Taylor and Derek Anderson scored 19 points apiece for the Clippers, who trailed by as many as 18 points in their fifth straight loss. Los Angeles is 0-4 on a five-game homestand.

Early in the game, Grant was barking at teammates Payton and Ruben Patterson to pick up their intensity. The first quarter ended in a 31-31 tie before Lewis helped Seattle gain control.

"We weren't playing good defense," Grant said. "We needed to play better so I got a little upset. Our defense is not at its best right now and we're still trying to learn each other."

A 6-10 forward, Lewis opened the second period with a dunk. Eric Piatkowski answered with a 3-pointer to give the Clippers their last lead before Greg Foster made an 18-footer. Lewis dunked twice and Brent Barry made a driving layup for a 41-34 lead with 8:53 remaining in the first half.

"I'm 6-10, very athletic inside and out," Lewis said. "I'm able to create some things from outside but I'm learning every day."

"He's like a sponge," Grant said. "He absorbs everything about the game and has a great love for the game."

Grant had two baskets to help Seattle maintain a 58-53 halftime lead. Payton opened the third quarter with a three-point play but Los Angeles still was within 67-59 on Taylor's jumper with 8 1/2 minutes to go when Grant took charge.

After a hook by Vin Baker, who scored 16 points, Grant made a driving layup and four free throws to push the advantage to 16 points with 5:21 left.

"It was just one of those things where (Seattle) started to deny certain things," Clippers coach Chris Ford said. "We didn't have the toughness to work to get open. You've got to continue to work hard to get open."

Two free throws by Baker gave Seattle its largest lead at 85-67 with 1:14 left in the period and Los Angeles got no closer than 11 points thereafter.

Barry scored 14 points and Patterson added 12 for the Sonics, who shot 51 percent (37-of-72) from the field and overcame 20 turnovers. Grant handed out six assists.

Tyrone Nesby scored 13 points and rookie Lamar Odom added 12 and eight rebounds for the Clippers, who shot 37 percent (32-of-87). Nesby made only 3-of-15 shots.

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