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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- WASHINGTON 19 19 27 20 85 SEATTLE 37 27 33 17 114 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: WAS - TRACY MURRAY 16, JUWAN HOWARD 12, CHRIS WHITNEY 12 SEA - GARY PAYTON 41, RUBEN PATTERSON 14, SHAMMOND WILLIAMS 12

HIGH REBOUND: WAS - ISAAC AUSTIN 11, AARON WILLIAMS 10 SEA - JELANI MCCOY 9, VIN BAKER 8

HIGH ASSISTS: WAS - ROD STRICKLAND 7, FOUR PLAYERS WITH 2 SEA - GARY PAYTON 5, BRENT BARRY 4

ATT: 12,858


Extended Box

WASHINGTON (85) AT SEATTLE (114)

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

HOWARD F 31 5-11 2-2 1 5 6 2 2 0 3 12 T MURRAY F 31 6-11 2-2 1 2 3 0 1 0 1 16 J WHITE C 25 2-5 2-4 4 3 7 0 3 2 3 6 RICHMOND G 29 3-11 4-4 0 4 4 2 4 0 3 10 STRICKLAND G 29 3-9 1-2 0 3 3 7 0 0 3 7 AUSTIN 23 2-5 3-4 4 7 11 2 3 0 1 7 A WILLIAMS 19 2-8 4-6 5 5 10 0 4 0 3 8 C WHITNEY 22 4-11 3-4 2 0 2 2 6 1 0 12 HAMILTON 11 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 2 PROFIT 13 1-6 1-2 0 2 2 0 2 1 3 3 JORDAN 7 1-3 0-0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 L WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-82 22-30 18 32 50 16 26 5 20 85 (.366) (.733) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 21(19 PTS)

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

BAKER F 22 3-4 5-6 2 6 8 2 2 3 0 11 PATTERSON F 25 6-9 1-2 0 3 3 3 2 1 2 14 GRANT C 15 1-2 0-1 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 2 B BARRY G 28 1-4 0-0 0 1 1 4 1 1 1 3 PAYTON G 30 14-21 6-7 0 3 3 5 3 2 2 41 LEWIS 23 2-7 2-2 2 5 7 0 4 1 0 6 MCCOY 23 4-5 2-8 4 5 9 3 4 0 1 10 WILLIAMS 26 4-11 1-2 0 1 1 3 2 2 4 12 STEPANIA 20 2-9 1-4 1 6 7 0 4 0 0 5 PERSON 4 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 2 2 0 1 3 FOSTER 12 2-4 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 4 DAVIS 12 1-4 1-2 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 3

TOTALS 240 41-81 19-34 10 31 41 24 28 11 12 114 (.506) (.559) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 12(9 PTS)

WASHINGTON 19 19 27 20 - 85 SEATTLE 37 27 33 17 - 114

BLOCKED SHOTS: WASHINGTON - AUSTIN, J WHITE. SEATTLE - MCCOY, STEPANIA. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: WASHINGTON 3-18 (.167), T MURRAY 2-5, RICHMOND 0-6, A WILLIAMS 0-1, C WHITNEY 1-5, PROFIT 0-1. SEATTLE 13-28 (.464), PATTERSON 1-1, B BARRY 1-4, PAYTON 7-12, LEWIS 0-1, WILLIAMS 3-4, STEPANIA 0-1, PERSON 1-1, FOSTER 0-1, DAVIS 0-3. TECHNICALS: WASHINGTON - STRICKLAND. OFFICIALS: JACK NIES, TOM WASHINGTON, RODNEY MOTT. A - 12,858. T - 2:08.


Box Score

WASHINGTON (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Howard 31 5-11 2-2 1-6 2 2 12 T Murray 31 6-11 2-2 1-3 0 1 16 J White 25 2-5 2-4 4-7 0 3 6 Richmond 29 3-11 4-4 0-4 2 4 10 Strickland 29 3-9 1-2 0-3 7 0 7 Austin 23 2-5 3-4 4-11 2 3 7 A Williams 19 2-8 4-6 5-10 0 4 8 C Whitney 22 4-11 3-4 2-2 2 6 12 Hamilton 11 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 1 2 Profit 13 1-6 1-2 0-2 0 2 3 Jordan 7 1-3 0-0 1-1 1 0 2 L Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-82 22-30 18-50 16 26 85 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.366, FT-.733. 3-Point Goals: 3-18, .167 (T Murray 2-5, Richmond 0-6, A Williams 0-1, C Whitney 1-5, Profit 0-1). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 2 (Austin, J White). Turnovers: 21 (A Williams 3, Howard 3, J White 3, Profit 3, Richmond 3, Strickland 3, Austin, T Murray). Steals: 5 (J White 2, C Whitney, Hamilton, Profit).

SEATTLE (114) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Baker 22 3-4 5-6 2-8 2 2 11 Patterson 25 6-9 1-2 0-3 3 2 14 Grant 15 1-2 0-1 0-0 1 2 2 B Barry 28 1-4 0-0 0-1 4 1 3 Payton 30 14-21 6-7 0-3 5 3 41 Lewis 23 2-7 2-2 2-7 0 4 6 Mccoy 23 4-5 2-8 4-9 3 4 10 Williams 26 4-11 1-2 0-1 3 2 12 Stepania 20 2-9 1-4 1-7 0 4 5 Person 4 1-1 0-0 0-0 2 2 3 Foster 12 2-4 0-0 0-1 0 1 4 Davis 12 1-4 1-2 1-1 1 1 3 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-81 19-34 10-41 24 28 114 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.506, FT-.559. 3-Point Goals: 13-28, .464 (Patterson 1-1, B Barry 1-4, Payton 7-12, Lewis 0-1, Williams 3-4, Stepania 0-1, Person 1-1, Foster 0-1, Davis 0-3). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 2 (Mccoy, Stepania). Turnovers: 12 (Williams 4, Patterson 2, Payton 2, B Barry, Davis, Mccoy, Person). Steals: 11 (Baker 3, Payton 2, Williams 2, B Barry, Foster, Lewis, Patterson). ____________________________________________ Washington 19 19 27 20 - 85 Seattle 37 27 33 17 - 114 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Washington 1 (Strickland, 8:44 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 12,858. T: 2:08. Officials: Jack Nies, Tom Washington, Rodney Mott.


Game Story

SEATTLE (Ticker) -- "The Glove" revealed a hot hand.

Gary Payton scored a career-high 41 points -- all in the first three quarters -- as the Seattle SuperSonics coasted to a 114-85 victory over the hapless Washington Wizards.

Known as "The Glove" for his defensive prowess, Payton showed that he also has quite an offensive arsenal. In just 30 minutes, the All-Star made 14-of-21 shots, including 7-of-12 from 3-point range. He surpassed his previous career high of 38 set March 24, 1996 at Sacramento.

"I'm not worried about the points, it's just something that happened today," said Payton, who scored just five points in Sunday's All-Star Game. "You got to take good quality shots. Sometimes you take bad shots but I was just in the rhythm. I was getting some good looks."

Payton came out on fire from the start, making 6-of-7 shots in the opening quarter, including 4-of-5 from beyond the arc to help the Sonics open a 37-19 lead. Working primarily against Rod Strickland, he finished with 29 points in the half as Seattle built a commanding 64-38 advantage.

"He came out feeling it. He can shoot on any play and most plays start with the ball in his hands," Seattle coach Paul Westphal said. "Then if he feels like shooting, he could get a shot. If he feels it, he's going to let it go."

Tracy Murray netted 16 points to lead Washington, which has lost four straight games and is just 1-5 since Darrell Walker replaced Gar Heard as coach on January 31. At 15-35, the Wizards have the second-worst record in the Eastern Conference.

"It was a bad game from the beginning until the end," Walker said. "It was the worst performance since I got here. The good thing about it .. I'm glad we have a game tomorrow (at Vancouver). There's not a learning process, we just got our butts kicked tonight."

Payton dominated from the start, draining consecutive 3-pointers to start the contest. He drilled two more shots from beyond the arc sandwiched around a 3-pointer from Murray that gave the Sonics a 22-5 bulge with 6:10 left in the first quarter.

Led by Payton, the Sonics shot a blistering 68 percent (13-of-19) in the first quarter. Washington shot just 32 percent (6-of-19) in the period.

The Wizards got a break from Payton, who sat out the first 5:39 of the second quarter. However, he re-entered with 6:21 left in the half and scored seven straight points that opened a a 59-33 bulge. Payton made 10-of-13 shots in the half, including 5-of-8 from beyond the arc.

Payton surpassed his previous high for points when he buried another 3-pointer with 1:42 left in the third quarter that pushed the lead to 91-59. Seattle led by as many as 34 points in the final minute of the quarter.

When asked if he would have liked to reach 50 points, Payton said, "That's just being disrespectful to the other team. Why should I be in the game when we're up 30 points? I mean after the third quarter and we're up 30, I need to sit down."

"I had a great seat for that game tonight," Payton's backcourt mate Brent Barry said. "When you see him have a night like tonight where everything he touches turns to gold, it's a lot of fun to watch."

While Payton had his career game, Strickland had one to forget as he finished with seven points on 3-of-9 shooting.

"Gary was on a roll. From day one to now, he has developed his game almost every year," Strickland said. "Right now, he's the best out there."

Ruben Patterson added 14 points and Shammond Williams 12 for Seattle, which shot 51 percent (41-of-81). The Sonics also forced 21 turnovers that they converted into 20 points.

Juwan Howard and Chris Whitney netted 12 points apiece for the Wizards, who shot 37 percent (30-of-82) and held a 50-41 rebounding advantage.

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