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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SEATTLE 29 31 32 21 113 VANCOUVER 28 30 22 23 103 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: SEA - GARY PAYTON 40, RUBEN PATTERSON 15, BRENT BARRY 14 VAN - BRYANT REEVES 31, SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 17, THREE PLAYERS WITH 12

HIGH REBOUND: SEA - HORACE GRANT 11, RUBEN PATTERSON 8 VAN - BRYANT REEVES 12, SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 7

HIGH ASSISTS: SEA - GARY PAYTON 11, TWO PLAYERS WITH 2 VAN - MIKE BIBBY 9, BRYANT REEVES 4

ATT: 14,510


Extended Box

SEATTLE (113) AT VANCOUVER (103)

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

GRANT F 42 6-14 1-2 4 7 11 2 4 3 3 13 PATTERSON F 39 6-11 3-5 5 3 8 1 5 2 0 15 MCCOY C 19 1-6 2-3 2 5 7 1 4 1 0 4 B BARRY G 37 6-8 0-0 1 2 3 2 2 1 2 14 PAYTON G 43 14-27 12-15 0 3 3 11 3 3 2 40 FOSTER 14 2-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 4 MAXWELL 16 3-7 3-5 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 10 LEWIS 30 5-9 2-2 2 3 5 1 0 2 1 13 BAKER DNP - HAMSTRING INJURY DAVIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION STEPANIA DNP - COACH'S DECISION WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 43-86 23-32 14 24 38 18 21 12 10 113 (.500) (.719) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 10(12 PTS)

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

ABDUR-RAHIM F 39 5-17 7-7 0 7 7 3 3 2 1 17 HARRINGTON F 23 4-6 1-1 2 4 6 0 3 0 2 9 REEVES C 34 13-16 5-6 5 7 12 4 5 0 8 31 BIBBY G 41 6-15 0-0 1 2 3 9 4 2 3 12 DICKERSON G 37 5-12 2-3 0 3 3 2 3 0 0 12 WEST 18 1-1 0-0 1 2 3 3 3 1 2 2 LOPEZ 7 2-3 0-0 1 0 1 2 3 0 0 4 SCOTT 25 4-8 0-0 0 0 0 3 2 0 0 12 LONG 16 2-3 0-0 2 3 5 1 1 2 1 4 EKEZIE DNP - COACH'S DECISION PARKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION PRICE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 42-81 15-17 12 28 40 27 27 7 17 103 (.519) (.882) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 18(23 PTS)

SEATTLE 29 31 32 21 - 113 VANCOUVER 28 30 22 23 - 103

BLOCKED SHOTS: SEATTLE - LEWIS, MCCOY. VANCOUVER - ABDUR-RAHIM 2, BIBBY, DICKERSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SEATTLE 4-13 (.308), B BARRY 2-4, PAYTON 0-3, MAXWELL 1-4, LEWIS 1-2. VANCOUVER 4-15 (.267), ABDUR-RAHIM 0-1, REEVES 0-1, BIBBY 0-4, DICKERSON 0-3, SCOTT 4-6. TECHNICALS: VANCOUVER - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: RON GARRETSON, GREG WILLARD, MIKE SMITH. A - 14,510. T - 2:06.


Box Score

SEATTLE (113) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Grant 42 6-14 1-2 4-11 2 4 13 Patterson 39 6-11 3-5 5-8 1 5 15 Mccoy 19 1-6 2-3 2-7 1 4 4 B Barry 37 6-8 0-0 1-3 2 2 14 Payton 43 14-27 12-15 0-3 11 3 40 Foster 14 2-4 0-0 0-0 0 3 4 Maxwell 16 3-7 3-5 0-1 0 0 10 Lewis 30 5-9 2-2 2-5 1 0 13 Baker DNP - hamstring injury Davis DNP - coach's decision Stepania DNP - coach's decision Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 43-86 23-32 14-38 18 21 113 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.500, FT-.719. 3-Point Goals: 4-13, .308 (B Barry 2-4, Payton 0-3, Maxwell 1-4, Lewis 1-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 2 (Lewis, Mccoy). Turnovers: 10 (Grant 3, B Barry 2, Maxwell 2, Payton 2, Lewis). Steals: 12 (Grant 3, Payton 3, Lewis 2, Patterson 2, B Barry, Mccoy).

VANCOUVER (103) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Abdur-rahim 39 5-17 7-7 0-7 3 3 17 Harrington 23 4-6 1-1 2-6 0 3 9 Reeves 34 13-16 5-6 5-12 4 5 31 Bibby 41 6-15 0-0 1-3 9 4 12 Dickerson 37 5-12 2-3 0-3 2 3 12 West 18 1-1 0-0 1-3 3 3 2 Lopez 7 2-3 0-0 1-1 2 3 4 Scott 25 4-8 0-0 0-0 3 2 12 Long 16 2-3 0-0 2-5 1 1 4 Ekezie DNP - coach's decision Parks DNP - coach's decision Price DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-81 15-17 12-40 27 27 103 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.519, FT-.882. 3-Point Goals: 4-15, .267 (Abdur-rahim 0-1, Reeves 0-1, Bibby 0-4, Dickerson 0-3, Scott 4-6). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 4 (Abdur-rahim 2, Bibby, Dickerson). Turnovers: 18 (Reeves 8, Bibby 3, Harrington 2, West 2, Abdur-rahim, Long). Steals: 7 (Abdur-rahim 2, Bibby 2, Long 2, West). ____________________________________________ Seattle 29 31 32 21 - 113 Vancouver 28 30 22 23 - 103 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Vancouver 1 (Illegal Defense, 9:19 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,510. T: 2:06. Officials: Ron Garretson, Greg Willard, Mike Smith.


Game Story

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Ticker) -- Gary Payton had 40 points and 10 assists as the Seattle SuperSonics put an upsetting situation behind them with a 113-103 victory over the Vancouver Grizzlies.

One night after a tough loss to Canada's other team, the Toronto Raptors, and coach Paul Westphal's refusal to wear a microphone, Seattle used a 21-4 third-quarter run en route to its fourth straight win over the Grizzlies. The win was the Sonics 16th in 18 all-time meetings with Vancouver.

Ruben Patterson added 15 points and eight rebounds for the Sonics, who have won four of their last six games to move 1 1/2 games ahead of Minnesota for the sixth spot in the Western Conference.

"Every game is important right now because we're trying to place ourselves," Payton said. "We only have 18 games to go and we're trying to get 50 wins. And if we keep playing the way we're playing, I think we'll get there."

Earlier today, Westphal was fined $100,000 for not wearing a microphone during Sunday's nationally televised game.

"I'm with my coach," said Payton. "If he doesn't want to wear the mike, you shouldn't force someone to wear the mike. You shouldn't force someone to say what you're going to say in your huddle. It will be on TV and people can get those tapes and see what play you're going to run. And that should be for the privacy of our team. Whatever you say at our bench should stay at our bench, and I think all our players want that way."

Bryant Reeves, who scored a season-high 31 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, hit 11 consecutive field goals, setting a Vancouver single-game record. After going 11-for-11 over the first 23 minutes, Reeves finished just 13-for-16 from the field.

"I thought Big Country was Shaq for a while," Westphal said. "He was over there asking the scorers' table what the record was in this building for the first half. He came back to earth a little bit in the second half. Our defense tightened up, particularly in the third quarter, which enabled us to get a little bit of a margin and then Gary Payton took over the rest of the way."

However, Payton took Reeves' scoring in stride.

"Everybody in the NBA can play," he said. "If you're in the NBA, you should be able to do something, especially if you're starting. I'm not impressed by anyone scoring points. He's been in the league five years. He should be able to do that."

Shareef Abdur-Rahim collected 17 points and seven rebounds for the Grizzlies, who suffered their ninth consecutive loss. It is their second losing streak of nine games or more this season. Vancouver dropped 11 games in a row from November 16-December 6.

"We were matching them offensively but unfortunately we were not matching them defensively," Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins said. "I think it was just the turnovers made in the third quarter that also really hurt us. We did some good things offensively but Gary Payton was a monster."

Seattle took its largest lead of the opening quarter, 24-16, on a jumper by Horace Grant with 3:10 left in the first before the Grizzlies closed with a 12-5 run.

The second quarter was more competitive, with four lead changes and five ties. Reeves missed his first field goal of the first half with 25 seconds remaining as Vancouver tied a season high with 58 points in a opening half but still trailed by two.

After Abdur-Rahim's layup with 11:39 left in the third tied the game, 60-60, the Sonics scored 21 of the next 25 points. Payton had 11 points in the run and 15 in the quarter.

"Coach lets the ball get to my hands a lot and tonight we isolated a lot," Payton said. "And when Coach gives me the opportunity like that, he wants me to make something happen. I figure it's my job to let it happen. And today I was getting to the basket and converting my shots."

Payton said that he was not inspired by a Vancouver promotion that said Grizzlies point guard Mike Bibby would turn him "inside out."

"I joked about it a little bit," the All-Star guard said. "But when you see stuff like that. It doesn't concern me. I just go out and play my game. I'm not averaging 20-something points for nothing. For someone to come out and say they're going to do this or that or whatever the campaign was, if that's what they want to do to get fans to come to the game, then let them. I just try to come out and play for the Sonics to win."

Bibby had 12 points and nine assists but shot just 6-of-15.

The Grizzlies used a 12-4 run to start the fourth to pull within 96-92 with 7:48 left. But Seattle went on a 12-6 spurt to push its advantage back to double digits.

After scoring 25 points in the first half, Bryant was limited to just six the rest of the game.

"The Sonics played well in the second half," the 7-foot center said. "In the third quarter, they did a great job defensively, doubling up and taking away the outlet pass. I had some turnovers in the third that really hurt us. And that's my responsiblity. I felt kind of good but I'd feel a lot better if we'd won. It's all for nothing right now without a win."

Brent Barry scored 14 points and Grant had 13 and 11 rebounds for the Sonics, who shot 50 percent (43-of-86) from the field and recorded 12 steals.

Michael Dickerson and Grant Long scored 12 points apiece for Vancouver, which shot 51.9 percent (42-of-81) but saw 17 turnovers converted into 23 points.

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