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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SEATTLE 22 31 16 20 89 PORTLAND 27 24 20 23 94 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: SEA - GARY PAYTON 24, VIN BAKER 16, VERNON MAXWELL 15 POR - RASHEED WALLACE 24, SCOTTIE PIPPEN 19, STEVE SMITH 17

HIGH REBOUND: SEA - RASHARD LEWIS 8, VIN BAKER 7 POR - RASHEED WALLACE 8, ARVYDAS SABONIS 8

HIGH ASSISTS: SEA - GARY PAYTON 13, GREG FOSTER 3 POR - SCOTTIE PIPPEN 6, DAMON STOUDAMIRE 6


Extended Box

SEATTLE (89) AT PORTLAND (94)

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

BAKER F 36 8-15 0-0 3 4 7 1 4 1 4 16 LEWIS F 28 5-10 0-0 4 4 8 2 3 1 2 10 GRANT C 40 3-8 0-0 2 4 6 1 2 1 1 6 BORRELL G 13 0-3 0-0 2 2 4 0 1 0 0 0 PAYTON G 41 7-17 5-8 2 4 6 13 3 1 1 24 B BARRY 25 4-13 1-2 2 2 4 2 5 2 1 10 MAXWELL 27 5-12 3-8 0 2 2 1 3 0 0 15 PATTERSON 9 1-2 2-2 1 0 1 2 2 3 5 4 PERSON 3 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 FOSTER 18 0-4 1-2 0 5 5 3 1 1 0 1 DAVIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION STEPANIA DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-85 12-22 16 28 44 25 24 10 14 89 (.400) (.545) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 14(11 PTS)

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

WALLACE F 37 12-21 0-0 2 6 8 1 2 1 1 24 PIPPEN F 39 6-13 5-9 2 5 7 6 4 2 2 19 SABONIS C 22 3-8 3-4 2 6 8 1 3 0 3 9 STOUDAMIRE G 29 1-4 0-0 0 1 1 6 4 1 0 2 SMITH G 32 6-11 3-5 1 3 4 1 3 0 2 17 B GRANT 20 1-6 1-2 4 3 7 2 3 0 4 3 AUGMON 8 1-1 0-0 2 0 2 1 1 0 0 2 ONEAL 6 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 2 2 ANTHONY 19 0-1 0-0 0 4 4 2 2 2 0 0 WELLS 16 7-10 0-1 0 1 1 3 3 1 2 14 SCHREMPF 12 1-2 0-0 1 5 6 1 1 0 1 2 HARVEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-78 12-21 14 35 49 24 28 7 17 94 (.500) (.571) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 18(17 PTS)

SEATTLE 22 31 16 20 - 89 PORTLAND 27 24 20 23 - 94

BLOCKED SHOTS: SEATTLE - B BARRY. PORTLAND - WALLACE, SABONIS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SEATTLE 9-27 (.333), LEWIS 0-2, PAYTON 5-11, B BARRY 1-5, MAXWELL 2-7, PERSON 1-1, FOSTER 0-1. PORTLAND 4-11 (.364), WALLACE 0-1, PIPPEN 2-5, SMITH 2-4, ANTHONY 0-1. TECHNICALS: SEATTLE - MAXWELL, PORTLAND - SCHREMPF. OFFICIALS: TOMMY NUNEZ, SCOTT FOSTER, MATT BOLAND. A - 20,584. T - 2:12.


Box Score

SEATTLE (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Baker 36 8-15 0-0 3-7 1 4 16 Lewis 28 5-10 0-0 4-8 2 3 10 Grant 40 3-8 0-0 2-6 1 2 6 Borrell 13 0-3 0-0 2-4 0 1 0 Payton 41 7-17 5-8 2-6 13 3 24 B Barry 25 4-13 1-2 2-4 2 5 10 Maxwell 27 5-12 3-8 0-2 1 3 15 Patterson 9 1-2 2-2 1-1 2 2 4 Person 3 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 3 Foster 18 0-4 1-2 0-5 3 1 1 Davis DNP - coach's decision Stepania DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-85 12-22 16-44 25 24 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.400, FT-.545. 3-Point Goals: 9-27, .333 (Lewis 0-2, Payton 5-11, B Barry 1-5, Maxwell 2-7, Person 1-1, Foster 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 1 (B Barry). Turnovers: 14 (Patterson 5, Baker 4, Lewis 2, B Barry, Grant, Payton). Steals: 10 (Patterson 3, B Barry 2, Baker, Foster, Grant, Lewis, Payton).

PORTLAND (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Wallace 37 12-21 0-0 2-8 1 2 24 Pippen 39 6-13 5-9 2-7 6 4 19 Sabonis 22 3-8 3-4 2-8 1 3 9 Stoudamire 29 1-4 0-0 0-1 6 4 2 Smith 32 6-11 3-5 1-4 1 3 17 B Grant 20 1-6 1-2 4-7 2 3 3 Augmon 8 1-1 0-0 2-2 1 1 2 Oneal 6 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 2 2 Anthony 19 0-1 0-0 0-4 2 2 0 Wells 16 7-10 0-1 0-1 3 3 14 Schrempf 12 1-2 0-0 1-6 1 1 2 Harvey DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-78 12-21 14-49 24 28 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.500, FT-.571. 3-Point Goals: 4-11, .364 (Wallace 0-1, Pippen 2-5, Smith 2-4, Anthony 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 2 (Wallace, Sabonis). Turnovers: 18 (B Grant 4, Sabonis 3, Oneal 2, Pippen 2, Smith 2, Wells 2, Schrempf, Wallace). Steals: 7 (Anthony 2, Pippen 2, Stoudamire, Wallace, Wells). ____________________________________________ Seattle 22 31 16 20 - 89 Portland 27 24 20 23 - 94 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Seattle 1 (Maxwell, 2:46 3rd). Portland 1 (Schrempf, 2:46 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,584. T: 2:12. Officials: Tommy Nunez, Scott Foster, Matt Boland.


Game Story

PORTLAND, Oregon (Ticker) -- After watching Rasheed Wallace and Gary Payton trade punches for three quarters, Scottie Pippen delivered the knockout blow in the final period.

Pippen scored nine of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, lifting the Portland Trail Blazers to a 94-89 victory over the slumping Seattle SuperSonics.

Wallace and Payton had 20 points apiece after three quarters and the SuperSonics held a slim 71-69 lead entering the fourth quarter. But with the game knotted at 73-73, Pippen sank a 23-footer and converted a three-point play to give Portland a 78-73 lead it would not surrender.

"One of the keys to our turnaround was a stretch in the second half when Scottie Pippen fired up our defensive intensity," said Portland coach Mike Dunleavy, referring to a two-minute span in the third quarter when the versatile forward drew two offensive fouls and had two steals.

After Pippen made a free throw to give the Trail Blazers an 85-80 lead with 3:25 to play, Payton kept the Sonics within striking distance by calmly burying a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to two.

Wallace responded with consecutive jumpers and Pippen sealed it with a 3-pointer with 44 seconds left, extending the advantage to 92-84. Pippen also had seven rebounds and six assists to go with his 6-of-13 shooting performance.

Wallace finished with 24 points, Steve Smith added 17 and Bonzi Wells a career-high 14 on 7-of-10 shooting for the Blazers, who have won six of their last eight games.

"We were a little lethargic offensively and slow defensively and we just took it to another gear," Portland point guard Greg Anthony said. "The big contributions came from guys like Bonzi Wells and Scottie. That was the key. We kind of fed off that."

Portland (21-7) pulled within 2 1/2 games of the Los Angeles Lakers for the NBA's best record.

"The Lakers are playing well -- they have their best record in the league," Smith said. "We are not too far behind. We just need to keep playing the way we are playing and maybe their schedule will catch up with them."

Payton had 24 points and 13 assists for Seattle, which has lost a season-high four straight games and fell to 0-2 against Portland this season.

"We didn't win, it ain't an improvement," Payton said. "Until we win, it's not an improvement. We didn't sustain our level of intensity and let them get the momentum. We had a lot of fire, but we did a lot of stupid stuff at the end."

Vernon Maxwell scored 15 points off the bench for Seattle, which lost its third straight visit to the Rose Garden. Rashard Lewis and Brent Barry had 10 points apiece for the Sonics, who shot 40 percent (34-of-85).

"I don't believe in moral victories," Seattle forward Horace Grant said. "We lost and we should have won this game."

Arvydas Sabonis had nine points and eight rebounds for Portland, which hit half its 78 shots and held a 49-44 advantage on the boards.

The game featured eight lead changes, nine ties and saw each team take an eight-point lead before the final period.

Payton's 3-pointer with 4:38 remaining in the third quarter gave Seattle a 67-59 lead. But Sabonis hit a 17-footer, Wallace dunked and Pippen sank two free throws to cut the deficit to 69-65 with just under two minutes left in the quarter.

Wells made a layup and fed Wallace for a dunk to forge a 69-69 tie 32 seconds before the final period.

Seattle battled back from a 32-24 deficit early in the second quarter thanks to Maxwell. The energetic guard had a driving layup and a 3-pointer before Vin Baker hit a 19-footer from the left side to give the Sonics a 39-38 lead with 5:35 left in the half.

Baker scored 16 points for Seattle, which outscored Portland, 31-24 in the second quarter to take a 53-51 halftime lead.

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