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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SEATTLE 36 23 28 30 117 DALLAS 25 26 28 27 106 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: SEA - RASHARD LEWIS 30, GARY PAYTON 25, BRENT BARRY 17 DAL - CEDRIC CEBALLOS 26, MICHAEL FINLEY 26, ERICK STRICKLAND 21

HIGH REBOUND: SEA - RASHARD LEWIS 12, BRENT BARRY 8 DAL - DENNIS RODMAN 13, TWO PLAYERS WITH 8

HIGH ASSISTS: SEA - GARY PAYTON 14, BRENT BARRY 8 DAL - MICHAEL FINLEY 5, ERICK STRICKLAND 5

ATT: 18,203


Extended Box

SEATTLE (117) AT DALLAS (106)

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

BAKER F 38 5-16 2-6 3 4 7 1 3 0 2 12 PATTERSON F 12 3-6 1-1 0 1 1 0 3 1 3 7 GRANT C 39 8-11 0-0 0 6 6 4 3 1 1 16 B BARRY G 40 6-12 1-1 0 8 8 8 4 2 1 17 PAYTON G 41 11-23 0-0 1 6 7 14 2 0 1 25 LEWIS 34 13-20 4-6 7 5 12 0 3 2 0 30 MCCOY 8 2-2 0-1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 4 STEPANIA 11 3-5 0-0 2 2 4 0 2 1 2 6 WILLIAMS 5 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 DAVIS 12 0-4 0-0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 FOSTER DNP - COACH'S DECISION PERSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 51-100 8-15 13 33 46 30 22 8 11 117 (.510) (.533) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 12(10 PTS)

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

CEBALLOS F 38 11-26 4-5 4 4 8 1 3 0 0 26 RODMAN F 32 0-1 0-0 3 10 13 1 5 1 2 0 NOWITZKI C 37 6-13 2-2 1 5 6 4 4 0 6 14 FINLEY G 48 12-24 0-0 1 2 3 5 0 0 3 26 STRICKLAND G 29 9-13 0-0 0 2 2 5 0 0 2 21 NASH 16 1-2 0-0 0 3 3 3 1 0 1 3 BRADLEY 26 4-6 4-4 1 7 8 0 2 0 2 12 BUCKNER 5 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 DAVIS 8 2-4 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 4 JONES 1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ROOKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION SUNDOV DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 45-90 10-11 10 34 44 21 17 2 17 106 (.500) (.909) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 17(16 PTS)

SEATTLE 36 23 28 30 - 117 DALLAS 25 26 28 27 - 106

BLOCKED SHOTS: SEATTLE - LEWIS 2, GRANT, STEPANIA. DALLAS - NOWITZKI 2, CEBALLOS, BRADLEY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SEATTLE 7-17 (.412), B BARRY 4-6, PAYTON 3-7, LEWIS 0-1, STEPANIA 0-1, WILLIAMS 0-1, DAVIS 0-1. DALLAS 6-19 (.316), CEBALLOS 0-2, NOWITZKI 0-4, FINLEY 2-4, STRICKLAND 3-4, NASH 1-2, DAVIS 0-2, JONES 0-1. TECHNICALS: DALLAS - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: DAN CRAWFORD, BOB DELANEY, RASHAN MICHEL. A - 18,203. T - 1:59.


Box Score

SEATTLE (117) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Baker 38 5-16 2-6 3-7 1 3 12 Patterson 12 3-6 1-1 0-1 0 3 7 Grant 39 8-11 0-0 0-6 4 3 16 B Barry 40 6-12 1-1 0-8 8 4 17 Payton 41 11-23 0-0 1-7 14 2 25 Lewis 34 13-20 4-6 7-12 0 3 30 Mccoy 8 2-2 0-1 0-0 0 1 4 Stepania 11 3-5 0-0 2-4 0 2 6 Williams 5 0-1 0-0 0-1 1 0 0 Davis 12 0-4 0-0 0-0 2 1 0 Foster DNP - coach's decision Person DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 24051-100 8-15 13-46 30 22 117 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.510, FT-.533. 3-Point Goals: 7-17, .412 (B Barry 4-6, Payton 3-7, Lewis 0-1, Stepania 0-1, Williams 0-1, Davis 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 4 (Lewis 2, Grant, Stepania). Turnovers: 12 (Patterson 3, Baker 2, Stepania 2, B Barry, Grant, Payton, Williams). Steals: 8 (B Barry 2, Lewis 2, Grant, Mccoy, Patterson, Stepania).

DALLAS (106) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Ceballos 38 11-26 4-5 4-8 1 3 26 Rodman 32 0-1 0-0 3-13 1 5 0 Nowitzki 37 6-13 2-2 1-6 4 4 14 Finley 48 12-24 0-0 1-3 5 0 26 Strickland 29 9-13 0-0 0-2 5 0 21 Nash 16 1-2 0-0 0-3 3 1 3 Bradley 26 4-6 4-4 1-8 0 2 12 Buckner 5 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 1 0 Davis 8 2-4 0-0 0-0 1 1 4 Jones 1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Rooks DNP - coach's decision Sundov DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 45-90 10-11 10-44 21 17 106 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.500, FT-.909. 3-Point Goals: 6-19, .316 (Ceballos 0-2, Nowitzki 0-4, Finley 2-4, Strickland 3-4, Nash 1-2, Davis 0-2, Jones 0-1). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 4 (Nowitzki 2, Ceballos, Bradley). Turnovers: 17 (Nowitzki 6, Finley 3, Bradley 2, Rodman 2, Strickland 2, Buckner, Nash). Steals: 2 (Buckner, Rodman). ____________________________________________ Seattle 36 23 28 30 - 117 Dallas 25 26 28 27 - 106 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Dallas 1 (Illegal Defense, 4:16 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,203. T: 1:59. Officials: Dan Crawford, Bob Delaney, Rashan Michel.


Game Story

DALLAS (Ticker) -- After Dennis Rodman took a charge, Rashard Lewis took charge.

Rodman's ballyhooed return to the NBA was a mild-mannered one and was upstaged by Lewis, who came off the bench to score a career-high 30 points and lead the Seattle SuperSonics to a 117-106 victory over the Dallas Mavericks.

Signed last week by the Mavericks, Rodman was playing in his first NBA game in 10 months. Making a homecoming of sorts, the flaky forward sported gold hair and wore No. 70 after the league prevented him from wearing No. 69.

"I was surprised. I was surprised," said Rodman, who was greeted with an ovation. "I felt like Michael Jordan for a minute. That was better than last year with the Lakers. These are the kind of people who live in Texas. They are very generous."

"Dennis Rodman played well when he played," Mavericks coach Don Nelson said. "He was definitely rusty, but I see the possibilities here. I liked what I saw. He really knows how to play. I'm very excited that he's here. Everyone was excited about the crowd, the game and the excitement surrounding the game. Everyone was trying very hard. I thought some of our best basketball tonight was when (7-6 center) Shawn Bradley and Dennis Rodman played together."

The Dallas native and seven-time rebounding champion started the game and treated just the second sellout crowd at Reunion Arena to one of his typical performances -- 13 rebounds, five fouls, zero points and one somewhat controversial incident.

With 7:44 remaining in the first quarter, Rodman took a charge from Seattle forward Ruben Patterson, who went crashing to the floor. It was a clean play but Patterson twisted his right ankle and had to leave.

Enter Lewis, a 20-year-old 6-10 forward from Alief-Elsik High School in Houston who skipped college to enter the NBA. The second-year player had scored 21 points in a loss at Phoenix on Sunday and eclipsed that tonight, shooting 13-of-20 from the field and grabbing 12 rebounds.

"Nothing but confidence, I had nothing but confidence," Lewis said. "I do that in practice, but I feel that when you come off the bench you have to lift the team up. When they aren't playing well you just have to keep the team ahead or keep the score at the same level."

Lewis' big game came in front of some family members.

"My mom, my sister and my stepfather are here," he said. "I hit my career high 30, which will probably be hard for me to get during the rest of the season. Since my mom was here, my whole attention was on giving the ball to my mom when I walked off the court. If it wasn't for her I wouldn't be able to play this game."

Lewis scored nine points in the remainder of the first period as the SuperSonics took the lead for good. He scored 14 points in the fourth quarter, turning back a half-hearted rally by Dallas.

"He rose to the occasion," Sonics coach Paul Westphal said. "The reason I think he's goting to be a good player and going to make it big in this league is he's really good in the clutch. He has shown that over and over in the crunch."

Lewis also got a kick out of sharing the court with Rodman.

"It was a good time to play with him during his first game back," Lewis said. "It was a good feeling for me and basically a dream."

All-Star Gary Payton collected 25 points, 14 assists and seven rebounds for the Sonics, who have won 28 of their last 34 meetings with the Mavs. Seattle (31-20) already has eclipsed last season's win total of 25.

"Gary is so good. He's having a phenomenal year," Westphal said. "If we keep winning and increase the winning a little bit, he's going to be a real strong candidate for player of the year. It's really fun to watch him every night."

All-Star Michael Finley and Cedric Ceballos scored 26 points apiece for the Mavericks, who had won seven of their last eight games and enter the break at 20-28. They were 19-31 in the 1998-99 lockout-shortened season.

Rodman played 32 minutes and took just one shot. He had one assist, one steal and two turnovers, including one where he cuffed a rebound against his forearm and swung the ball out of bounds.

"We've just got to learn to work hard and want to win and hope we can bring it to them (the fans)," Rodman said. "I'd be happy to be in the playoffs."

A jumper by Lewis gave the Sonics the lead for good at 22-21 with 4:37 left in the first quarter. That triggered a 16-4 run that featured seven points by Payton, who scored 16 points in the period.

Finley's 16 first-half points helped the Mavs close the deficit to 59-51. Dallas trailed 87-79 entering the final period and moved within four points on four occasions, the last time at 96-92 on two free throws by Dirk Nowitzki with 6:24 remaining.

Lewis answered with a layup and a drive for a three-point play. Payton added a 3-pointer to push the advantage to 104-92 and complete an 8-0 burst in 58 seconds. Seattle led by at least nine points thereafter.

Brent Barry had 17 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for the Sonics, who shot 51 percent (51-of-100) to survive an 8-of-15 performance from the line.

Erick Strickland scored 21 points and Nowitzki added 14 for the Mavs, who shot 50 percent (45-of-90) and held a 44-42 edge on the glass.

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