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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SEATTLE 22 23 26 23 94 ORLANDO 30 27 28 18 103 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: SEA - GARY PAYTON 29, VIN BAKER 19, TWO PLAYERS WITH 13 ORL - RON MERCER 27, DARRELL ARMSTRONG 18, PAT GARRITY 14

HIGH REBOUND: SEA - HORACE GRANT 10, GARY PAYTON 9 ORL - BEN WALLACE 9, THREE PLAYERS WITH 6

HIGH ASSISTS: SEA - EMANUEL DAVIS 6, GARY PAYTON 5 ORL - DARRELL ARMSTRONG 9, BO OUTLAW 5

ATT: 13,043


Extended Box

SEATTLE (94) AT ORLANDO (103)

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

BAKER F 37 8-19 2-6 6 0 6 1 3 0 5 19 PATTERSON F 23 3-8 1-2 3 3 6 3 0 1 1 7 GRANT C 39 2-7 2-2 4 6 10 0 2 1 0 6 B BARRY G 43 4-10 4-5 2 3 5 3 2 1 2 13 PAYTON G 45 12-24 1-4 3 6 9 5 1 0 1 29 LEWIS 23 6-11 0-0 2 4 6 1 3 1 1 13 DAVIS 19 0-7 0-0 0 3 3 6 1 0 0 0 MCCOY 5 2-5 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 2 4 PERSON 6 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 3 FOSTER DNP - COACH'S DECISION STEPANIA DNP - COACH'S DECISION WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-93 10-19 20 26 46 20 15 5 12 94 (.409) (.526) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 13(24 PTS)

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

OUTLAW F 21 2-2 0-0 4 1 5 5 3 0 1 4 WALLACE F 24 2-4 0-0 4 5 9 2 3 0 0 4 AMAECHI C 31 3-9 5-6 1 5 6 1 1 1 1 11 D ARMSTRONG G 36 8-14 0-0 0 2 2 9 1 4 3 18 MERCER G 34 12-21 3-3 0 3 3 2 4 1 1 27 WILLIAMS 22 5-8 1-1 1 1 2 2 2 0 1 11 P GARRITY 28 5-14 1-2 1 5 6 0 3 0 2 14 DOLEAC 13 1-5 0-0 2 4 6 0 3 0 0 2 ATKINS 21 5-7 0-0 1 2 3 3 0 1 3 10 MAGGETTE 10 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 2 2 0 2 2 PARKER DNP - COACH'S DECISION STRONG DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 44-86 10-12 14 30 44 26 22 7 14 103 (.512) (.833) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 14(15 PTS)

SEATTLE 22 23 26 23 - 94 ORLANDO 30 27 28 18 - 103

BLOCKED SHOTS: SEATTLE - PAYTON, GRANT. ORLANDO - OUTLAW 4, AMAECHI 2, WALLACE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SEATTLE 8-25 (.320), BAKER 1-1, B BARRY 1-5, PAYTON 4-8, LEWIS 1-2, DAVIS 0-7, PERSON 1-2. ORLANDO 5-13 (.385), D ARMSTRONG 2-5, P GARRITY 3-7, ATKINS 0-1. TECHNICALS: ORLANDO - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: MIKE MATHIS, JIM KINSEY, MONTY MCCUTCHEN. A - 13,043. T - 2:02.


Box Score

SEATTLE (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Baker 37 8-19 2-6 6-6 1 3 19 Patterson 23 3-8 1-2 3-6 3 0 7 Grant 39 2-7 2-2 4-10 0 2 6 B Barry 43 4-10 4-5 2-5 3 2 13 Payton 45 12-24 1-4 3-9 5 1 29 Lewis 23 6-11 0-0 2-6 1 3 13 Davis 19 0-7 0-0 0-3 6 1 0 Mccoy 5 2-5 0-0 0-1 0 1 4 Person 6 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 Foster DNP - coach's decision Stepania DNP - coach's decision Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-93 10-19 20-46 20 15 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.409, FT-.526. 3-Point Goals: 8-25, .320 (Baker 1-1, B Barry 1-5, Payton 4-8, Lewis 1-2, Davis 0-7, Person 1-2). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 2 (Payton, Grant). Turnovers: 13 (Baker 5, B Barry 2, Mccoy 2, Lewis, Patterson, Payton). Steals: 5 (B Barry, Grant, Lewis, Patterson, Person).

ORLANDO (103) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Outlaw 21 2-2 0-0 4-5 5 3 4 Wallace 24 2-4 0-0 4-9 2 3 4 Amaechi 31 3-9 5-6 1-6 1 1 11 D Armstrong 36 8-14 0-0 0-2 9 1 18 Mercer 34 12-21 3-3 0-3 2 4 27 Williams 22 5-8 1-1 1-2 2 2 11 P Garrity 28 5-14 1-2 1-6 0 3 14 Doleac 13 1-5 0-0 2-6 0 3 2 Atkins 21 5-7 0-0 1-3 3 0 10 Maggette 10 1-2 0-0 0-2 2 2 2 Parker DNP - coach's decision Strong DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 44-86 10-12 14-44 26 22 103 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.512, FT-.833. 3-Point Goals: 5-13, .385 (D Armstrong 2-5, P Garrity 3-7, Atkins 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 7 (Outlaw 4, Amaechi 2, Wallace). Turnovers: 14 (Atkins 3, D Armstrong 3, Maggette 2, P Garrity 2, Amaechi, Mercer, Outlaw, Williams). Steals: 7 (D Armstrong 4, Amaechi, Atkins, Mercer). ____________________________________________ Seattle 22 23 26 23 - 94 Orlando 30 27 28 18 - 103 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Orlando 1 (Illegal Defense, 3:52 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 13,043. T: 2:02. Officials: Mike Mathis, Jim Kinsey, Monty Mccutchen.


Game Story

ORLANDO, Florida (Ticker) -- The Orlando Magic refuse to allow the sun to set on their surprising season.

Ron Mercer scored 27 points as first-year coach Doc Rivers' resilient squad took control early and held on for a 103-94 triumph over the Seattle SuperSonics, snapping a five-game losing streak and avenging its worst defeat of the season.

Orlando, which suffered a humiliating 127-91 blowout at Seattle one week ago, jumped out to a 30-22 lead after one quarter and opened a 57-45 bulge at halftime behind 12 points from Pat Garrity.

"What a difference a week makes, that's for sure," Rivers said. "Our mood coming in was hungry. I think our guys really wanted to beat this team. It's good for us because it took our minds off of trying to win a game for the playoffs. They wanted to beat Seattle. That was the reason and that was nice."

Mercer, who made 12-of-21 shots in his best game with Orlando, made sure the Magic stayed ahead with 17 second-half points, including a 20-footer with 1:16 to play that gave his team a comfortable 101-92 cushion.

"Ron Mercer was awesome," Rivers said. "Each game he becomes more and more assertive. That is what we needed him to do from day one, but that is easier said than done. It's difficult to say, `Give me the ball, I'm the new man.' That's very difficult for anybody to do. It's nice to see him really assert himself."

"I felt my shot was coming back, that I was feeling more aggressive," Mercer said. "Not that I would go out and shoot like I did tonight, but I felt it coming back, me getting back my scoring mentality, that my shot was coming. But I never knew it was going to come like it did tonight."

The Magic (26-31) have endured two losing streaks of five games and a season-high eight-game drought but have fought their way out of the potentially disastrous funks each time. They are just two games behind eighth-place Milwaukee for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot.

Gary Payton had 29 points, nine rebounds and five assists for Seattle, which had won three of four. Despite the loss, the Sonics are one of just four NBA teams with a winning road record at 17-14.

"I was really surprised that we beat Orlando by the score we did when we played them at our place," Sonics coach Paul Westphal said. "We have a lot of respect for Orlando. We said at that time it was an aberration that we won the game by that score and we knew we'd have a tough game tonight."

Vin Baker scored 19 points and Brent Barry and Rashard Lewis added 13 apiece for Seattle, which shot 41 percent (38-of-93), including 8-of-25 from 3-point range. In the home win over the Magic, the Sonics made 53 percent from the field, including a season-high 15 3-pointers.

"They just throttled us. They took it to us, every one was hitting shots for them and that was fresh on our mind," Garrity said. "We just wanted to come and jump on them."

"Nobody tries to miss shots but last game Emanual (Davis) made all of his 3-pointers and this game he missed them all," said Westphal.

Darrell Armstrong scored 18 points and Garrity finished with 14 for Orlando, which shot 51 percent (44-of-86) and scored 24 points off turnovers.

"We needed to get a win, we needed to come out hard, play aggressive and just compete and we did that," said Armstrong, who is the lone remaining starter from last season on Orlando's overhauled roster. "For one thing, it stopped our losing streak."

John Amaechi and Monty Williams each scored 11 points for the Magic, who never trailed after opening the game with a 10-5 run capped by Armstrong's 16-footer.

Ruber Patterson's layup with 10:36 remaining in the first half pulled Seattle within 31-27 before Orlando opened things up.

Garrity hit a 3-pointer, Williams converted a three-point play and Chucky Atkins hit back-to-back jumpers to stretch the advantage to 41-27 with 7:36 before intermission. Garrity made a 13-footer and Atkins capped the 14-0 run with a layup as Orlando made it an 18-point bulge with 6:34 remaining in the half.

Seattle made a significant run in the third quarter. Barry had a three-point play, Payton drained a 25-footer and Barry hit 1-of-2 from the line to shave the deficit to 59-55 with 10:02 left in the third quarter.

But Mercer drove the lane and buried a five-footer, drawing a foul and sinking the ensuing free throw to make it a seven-point advantage. Mercer answered former Magic forward Horace Grant's basket with a 16-footer and made a layup to give Orlando a 66-57 lead with 7:32 left in the period.

Mercer had a 17-footer, Amaechi a layup and Armstrong was good from 24 feet to make it 75-61 with 3:53 remaining in the third quarter.

The Sonics whittled a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit down to seven, but Mercer calmly answered with a pair of jumpers to bury any hopes of a comeback.

"It got a little shaky down the stretch there," Garrity said. "Ron Mercer just carried us the last two minutes and that was big for us."

"Towards the end of the fourth they turned on another gas tank," Baker said. "We made some mistakes, missed some shots and they went up 14 (points)."

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