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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MINNESOTA 28 24 17 25 94 SEATTLE 34 23 27 26 110 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 22, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 16, TWO PLAYERS WITH 11 SEA - GARY PAYTON 36, VIN BAKER 22, EMANUEL DAVIS 13

HIGH REBOUND: MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 12, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 6 SEA - VIN BAKER 13, RUBEN PATTERSON 11

HIGH ASSISTS: MIN - TERRELL BRANDON 10, ANTHONY PEELER 5 SEA - GARY PAYTON 10, RUBEN PATTERSON 5

ATT: 13,180


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (94) AT SEATTLE (110)

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

K GARNETT F 42 10-17 2-2 2 10 12 2 2 0 6 22 SMITH F 24 2-5 0-0 1 4 5 2 6 0 1 4 SZCZERBIAK C 36 7-13 2-4 1 5 6 4 0 2 2 16 BRANDON G 35 5-13 0-0 0 2 2 10 2 2 3 11 PEELER G 27 5-9 0-0 1 0 1 5 0 1 0 11 SEALY 21 3-7 3-4 0 2 2 2 3 0 1 9 NESTEROVIC 14 1-3 0-0 1 3 4 0 1 0 1 2 HAMMONDS 13 1-4 5-6 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 7 JACKSON 4 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 MITCHELL 10 3-4 1-1 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 7 AVERY 14 1-4 2-4 0 0 0 2 3 1 0 5 D GARRETT DNP - SORE LEFT ANKLE

TOTALS 240 38-81 15-21 7 29 36 29 19 6 14 94 (.469) (.714) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 14(17 PTS)

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

BAKER F 37 10-18 2-2 7 6 13 2 4 1 3 22 PATTERSON F 24 3-5 1-2 6 5 11 5 2 1 2 7 FOSTER C 34 3-10 1-2 0 3 3 1 4 1 0 7 B BARRY G 38 4-13 0-0 0 7 7 3 1 1 1 10 PAYTON G 47 12-24 5-5 2 6 8 10 0 1 2 36 LEWIS 19 1-6 3-4 1 1 2 2 2 2 1 5 MCCOY 11 1-2 2-2 0 2 2 0 4 0 2 4 STEPANIA 7 3-5 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 6 MAXWELL 5 0-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 DAVIS 17 4-8 3-4 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 13 BORRELL 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 GRANT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 41-94 17-21 17 33 50 24 20 8 12 110 (.436) (.810) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 13(12 PTS)

MINNESOTA 28 24 17 25 - 94 SEATTLE 34 23 27 26 - 110

BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 2, SEALY. SEATTLE - PAYTON, LEWIS, FOSTER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 3-9 (.333), K GARNETT 0-1, BRANDON 1-2, PEELER 1-2, AVERY 1-4. SEATTLE 11-26 (.423), B BARRY 2-8, PAYTON 7-11, LEWIS 0-1, MAXWELL 0-1, DAVIS 2-5. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: RON GARRETSON, LEON WOOD, BILL KENNEDY. A - 13,180. T - 2:10.


Box Score

MINNESOTA (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 42 10-17 2-2 2-12 2 2 22 Smith 24 2-5 0-0 1-5 2 6 4 Szczerbiak 36 7-13 2-4 1-6 4 0 16 Brandon 35 5-13 0-0 0-2 10 2 11 Peeler 27 5-9 0-0 1-1 5 0 11 Sealy 21 3-7 3-4 0-2 2 3 9 Nesterovic 14 1-3 0-0 1-4 0 1 2 Hammonds 13 1-4 5-6 1-2 0 1 7 Jackson 4 0-2 0-0 0-0 2 0 0 Mitchell 10 3-4 1-1 0-2 0 1 7 Avery 14 1-4 2-4 0-0 2 3 5 D Garrett DNP - sore left ankle _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-81 15-21 7-36 29 19 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.469, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals: 3-9, .333 (K Garnett 0-1, Brandon 1-2, Peeler 1-2, Avery 1-4). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 3 (K Garnett 2, Sealy). Turnovers: 14 (K Garnett 6, Brandon 3, Szczerbiak 2, Nesterovic, Sealy, Smith). Steals: 6 (Brandon 2, Szczerbiak 2, Avery, Peeler).

SEATTLE (110) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Baker 37 10-18 2-2 7-13 2 4 22 Patterson 24 3-5 1-2 6-11 5 2 7 Foster 34 3-10 1-2 0-3 1 4 7 B Barry 38 4-13 0-0 0-7 3 1 10 Payton 47 12-24 5-5 2-8 10 0 36 Lewis 19 1-6 3-4 1-2 2 2 5 Mccoy 11 1-2 2-2 0-2 0 4 4 Stepania 7 3-5 0-0 0-1 0 2 6 Maxwell 5 0-3 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Davis 17 4-8 3-4 1-2 1 1 13 Borrell 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Grant DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-94 17-21 17-50 24 20 110 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.436, FT-.810. 3-Point Goals: 11-26, .423 (B Barry 2-8, Payton 7-11, Lewis 0-1, Maxwell 0-1, Davis 2-5). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 3 (Payton, Lewis, Foster). Turnovers: 13 (Baker 3, Mccoy 2, Patterson 2, Payton 2, B Barry, Davis, Lewis). Steals: 8 (Lewis 2, B Barry, Baker, Davis, Foster, Patterson, Payton). ____________________________________________ Minnesota 28 24 17 25 - 94 Seattle 34 23 27 26 - 110 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 13,180. T: 2:10. Officials: Ron Garretson, Leon Wood, Bill Kennedy.


Game Story

SEATTLE (Ticker) -- Gary Payton did it all.

The All-Star point guard had a season-high 36 points, hit a career-best seven 3-pointers, grabbed eight rebounds and handed out 10 assists to lead the Seattle SuperSonics to a 113-94 victory over the slumping Minnesota Timberwolves.

Payton hit 12-of-24 shots, including 7-of-11 from beyond the arc, went 5-of-5 from the line and committed only two turnovers in 47 minutes to help the Sonics snap a two-game home losing skid. He fell two points shy of his career high, established on March 24, 1996 against Sacramento.

"The shots were going down," Payton said. "The last two games we didn't produce the way we were supposed to. Tonight, everybody came in and gave us a big boost. I was just focused on getting this team right, that's what I'm supposed to do."

While Payton was breaking down everyone who stepped in his path to the basket, Seattle power forward Vin Baker went toe-to-toe with Minnesota superstar Kevin Garnett.

Baker played the Timberwolves' highlight reel performer to a virtual standoff, collecting 22 points and 13 rebounds while Garnett had 22 and 12.

"We know Vin can play like that," Payton said. "If he comes like that every night, it's going to be hard to beat us. He knows he's back to where he should be. When Kevin got the ball, we doubled him at the right times."

"By challenging myself to take Garnett from the beginning, that set the tone for us on both ends of the court," Baker said.

Second-year guard Emanual Davis scored 13 points off the bench for Seattle, which lost reserve shooting guard Vernon Maxwell to a sore right knee in the second quarter and was without injured forward Horace Grant (left knee) for the second straight game.

"Just like every night, I try to come in and work hard," Davis said. "And try to make some things happen with my energy. Tonight I got a few open looks and I made them pay for it."

Minnesota rookie Wally Szczerbiak returned to the lineup after missing two games with an injured knee. He scored 16 points and grabbed six rebounds for the Timberwolves, who have lost six of seven.

"(Payton) was playing at a confidence level that no one else on the court was," Szczerbiak said. "I mean he was getting wherever he wanted and it helped that he was making every shot he took. When your point guard is that good and he can get int he lane and cause that many problems, it makes it tough."

Seattle had dropped its last two games at KeyArena by a combined 46 points but never trailed tonight in improving to 34-6 all-time against Minnesota. The Sonics have won three of four overall and moved within one-half game of first-place Portland and Los Angeles in the Pacific Division.

Minnesota point guard Terrell Brandon had 11 points and 10 rebounds, but had his problems keeping up with Payton. Backup playmakers Bobby Jackson and rookie William Avery combined for five points and four assists in 18 minutes and did not fare much better against Seattle's most lethal weapon.

Payton's 16 first-half points staked the Sonics to a 57-52 lead before Seattle blew it open in the third quarter.

Garnett opened the second-half scoring with a layup before Payton made back-to-back 3-pointers, Ruben Patterson dunked and Payton hit two free throws to make it 67-54 with 9:05 remaining in the period.

"When I get wide-open shots like that, I should stick them," Payton said.

Baker followed with a three-point play and Greg Foster knocked down a 19-footer from the left side to cap the 17-2 run, giving Seattle a 72-54 lead 7:34 left.

"This is a very good win for us," Baker said. "We went out and handled our business well. One of the things we concentrated on was stepping up on the defensive end and coming out and being aggressive."

"At the start of the first and third quarters, we lost our steam and momentum," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "We've got to find a way to correct that."

The Sonics shot 44 percent (41-of-94) and held a 50-36 advantage on the boards, including 17-7 on the offensive glass.

The Wolves made 47 percent (38-of-81) of their shots but yielded 17 points off 15 turnovers.

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