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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- VANCOUVER 26 31 17 29 103 SEATTLE 40 24 24 29 117 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: VAN - MICHAEL DICKERSON 24, MIKE BIBBY 23, SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 22 SEA - GARY PAYTON 30, BRENT BARRY 21, VIN BAKER 21

HIGH REBOUND: VAN - SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 9, OTHELLA HARRINGTON 8 SEA - VIN BAKER 7, RUBEN PATTERSON 6

HIGH ASSISTS: VAN - MIKE BIBBY 13, SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 8 SEA - GARY PAYTON 16, BRENT BARRY 6

ATT: 13,070


Extended Box

VANCOUVER (103) AT SEATTLE (117)

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

ABDUR-RAHIM F 36 9-17 4-5 3 6 9 8 2 0 2 22 HARRINGTON F 33 2-9 1-2 6 2 8 0 2 1 4 5 REEVES C 40 9-11 0-2 1 5 6 1 5 1 3 18 BIBBY G 39 9-12 5-6 1 3 4 13 4 0 4 23 DICKERSON G 40 11-22 2-3 0 1 1 5 3 3 2 24 PARKS 5 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 LONG 17 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 1 5 1 0 2 SCOTT 13 1-5 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 3 WEST 17 3-4 0-0 0 4 4 2 4 0 2 6 EKEZIE DNP - COACH'S DECISION LOPEZ DNP - COACH'S DECISION PRICE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 45-83 12-18 11 24 35 30 26 6 17 103 (.542) (.667) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 19(24 PTS)

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

BAKER F 30 10-18 1-2 5 2 7 0 5 0 2 21 PATTERSON F 36 8-10 0-0 4 2 6 3 5 3 3 16 GRANT C 41 6-10 2-2 0 4 4 2 3 0 0 14 B BARRY G 33 6-10 5-5 0 4 4 6 4 4 4 21 PAYTON G 42 12-26 5-5 0 4 4 16 3 3 1 30 FOSTER 16 1-3 0-0 0 3 3 1 5 0 3 2 MAXWELL 18 3-7 2-2 0 1 1 2 1 3 2 9 LEWIS 21 1-2 1-2 1 2 3 2 3 0 0 4 MCCOY 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 STEPANIA 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 WILLIAMS 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 DAVIS DNP - INJURED LEFT EYE

TOTALS 240 47-86 16-18 10 22 32 32 30 13 15 117 (.547) (.889) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 15(16 PTS)

VANCOUVER 26 31 17 29 - 103 SEATTLE 40 24 24 29 - 117

BLOCKED SHOTS: VANCOUVER - DICKERSON. SEATTLE - PATTERSON 2, GRANT 2, PAYTON, LEWIS, BAKER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: VANCOUVER 1-7 (.143), REEVES 0-1, BIBBY 0-1, DICKERSON 0-3, SCOTT 1-2. SEATTLE 7-18 (.389), B BARRY 4-7, PAYTON 1-4, MAXWELL 1-5, LEWIS 1-2. TECHNICALS: VANCOUVER - HARRINGTON, HEAD COACH HOLLINS. OFFICIALS: JOE CRAWFORD, GARY BENSON, MONTY MCCUTCHEN. A - 13,070. T - 2:08.


Box Score

VANCOUVER (103) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Abdur-rahim 36 9-17 4-5 3-9 8 2 22 Harrington 33 2-9 1-2 6-8 0 2 5 Reeves 40 9-11 0-2 1-6 1 5 18 Bibby 39 9-12 5-6 1-4 13 4 23 Dickerson 40 11-22 2-3 0-1 5 3 24 Parks 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Long 17 1-2 0-0 0-2 1 5 2 Scott 13 1-5 0-0 0-1 0 1 3 West 17 3-4 0-0 0-4 2 4 6 Ekezie DNP - coach's decision Lopez DNP - coach's decision Price DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 45-83 12-18 11-35 30 26 103 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.542, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 1-7, .143 (Reeves 0-1, Bibby 0-1, Dickerson 0-3, Scott 1-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 1 (Dickerson). Turnovers: 19 (Bibby 4, Harrington 4, Reeves 3, Abdur-rahim 2, Dickerson 2, West 2). Steals: 6 (Dickerson 3, Harrington, Long, Reeves).

SEATTLE (117) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Baker 30 10-18 1-2 5-7 0 5 21 Patterson 36 8-10 0-0 4-6 3 5 16 Grant 41 6-10 2-2 0-4 2 3 14 B Barry 33 6-10 5-5 0-4 6 4 21 Payton 42 12-26 5-5 0-4 16 3 30 Foster 16 1-3 0-0 0-3 1 5 2 Maxwell 18 3-7 2-2 0-1 2 1 9 Lewis 21 1-2 1-2 1-3 2 3 4 Mccoy 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Stepania 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Williams 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Davis DNP - injured left eye _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 47-86 16-18 10-32 32 30 117 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.547, FT-.889. 3-Point Goals: 7-18, .389 (B Barry 4-7, Payton 1-4, Maxwell 1-5, Lewis 1-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 7 (Patterson 2, Grant 2, Payton, Lewis, Baker). Turnovers: 15 (B Barry 4, Foster 3, Patterson 3, Baker 2, Maxwell 2, Payton). Steals: 13 (B Barry 4, Maxwell 3, Patterson 3, Payton 3). ____________________________________________ Vancouver 26 31 17 29 - 103 Seattle 40 24 24 29 - 117 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Vancouver 2 (Harrington, 11:05 3rd; Head Coach Hollins, 2:47 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 13,070. T: 2:08. Officials: Joe Crawford, Gary Benson, Monty Mccutchen.


Game Story

SEATTLE (Ticker) -- Gary Payton scored 30 points and dished out 16 assists as the Seattle SuperSonics continued their dominance of the Vancouver Grizzlies with a 117-103 victory in the back end of a home-and-home series.

Vin Baker returned after missing two games with a hamstring injury and scored 21 points for the SuperSonics, who have won five in a row against Vancouver and improved to 17-2 all-time against the Grizzlies, including 9-0 in Seattle.

"It felt good to come out and have some competition," Baker said. "I was excited. I had a nice rhythm today. I felt pretty good out there on the floor. I thought it would be worse. It wasn't bad at all. My wind was satisfactory and there wasn't any discomfort at all."

The Sonics have won five of their last seven games to move within a half-game of fifth-place San Antonio in the Western Conference standings. They also remained one game ahead of Minnesota.

"We did what we had to do," Seattle coach Paul Westphal said. "I don't think we played stifling defense but we stopped them enough and created enough turnovers to get the lead. It was one of those professional wins, a game you have to take care of and we did."

Payton has 70 points and 27 assists in his last two games against Vancouver and has four straight double-doubles overall.

"Payton's a great player," Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins said. "Usually you think of a great player on the other team as the shooting guard and a big guy. But on the Sonics, their point guard is their best player. And he's one of the best players in the league. We did have a tough time and the next two teams will have a tough time as well."

Michael Dickerson scored 24 points and Mike Bibby had 23 and 13 assists for Vancouver, which has lost 10 straight games. The Grizzlies, who had a season-high 11-game skid from November 16-December 6, are winless in nine games in March and dropped to 5-68 all-time in the month.

"I can't remember the last time we guarded anybody," Hollins said. "We're just not guarding. It's a mind-set and it's a gut-check thing. You have to get out there and do it. You may be tired but if you don't put forth the effort, it's not going to happen."

After Bibby's jumper pulled Vancouver within 16-12 with 6:21 left, the Sonics went on a 14-4 run to go ahead by 14 points on Horace Grant's basket with 2:54 remaining in the first quarter.

They finished the quarter with 40 points, two more than their previous season high of 38 scored in the fourth quarter against Vancouver on December 18.

The Grizzlies, who trailed the entire game, closed within 64-59 on Dickerson's jumper early in the third quarter. But Seattle scored seven straight points and led by double digits most of the way.

"We came back and got it close but the turnovers kept erasing any comeback that we had," Hollins said. "We played hard and we played pretty decent offensively. We gave them 24 points on 19 turnovers and that just won't get it done. Every time we got close we turned the ball over. And two or three times they'd score immediately and we would be back in the hole and trying to dig out again."

Brent Barry scored 21 points, Ruben Patterson contributed 16 and Horace Grant 14 for the Sonics, who shot 55 percent (47-of-86) from the field. Seattle improved to 14-1 this season when shooting over 50 percent, including 9-0 at home.

"Vancouver came in and played a lot tougher than they did at GM place (Tuesday)," Barry said. "We really had to work for this victory tonight. So many people expect just because Vancouver is in town that it should be an easy victory."

Shareef Abdur-Rahim had 22 points, nine rebounds and eight assists while Bryant Reeves chipped in with 18 points for Vancouver, which shot 54 percent (45-of-83) but went just 1-of-7 from 3-point range.

"I think we missed some shots that we can make," Abdur-Rahim said. "We missed easy shots early and then we really didn't do the things that we needed to do on defense. I don't think that we weren't ready to play. We have to do a better job defensively. A lot of the transition baskets they were getting were because of the turnovers we had. It's hard to defend that."

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