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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- HOUSTON 32 22 37 28 119 SEATTLE 32 28 30 26 116 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 31, SHANDON ANDERSON 28, WALT WILLIAMS 23 SEA - GARY PAYTON 29, RASHARD LEWIS 22, SHAMMOND WILLIAMS 20

HIGH REBOUND: HOU - KELVIN CATO 9, SHANDON ANDERSON 7 SEA - RASHARD LEWIS 10, HORACE GRANT 10

HIGH ASSISTS: HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 7, WALT WILLIAMS 7 SEA - GARY PAYTON 9, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4

ATT: 14,713


Extended Box

HOUSTON (119) AT SEATTLE (116)

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

THOMAS F 30 3-9 0-0 0 5 5 0 2 0 3 7 WILLIAMS F 45 8-13 2-2 2 3 5 7 1 0 3 23 CATO C 35 1-2 4-4 2 7 9 2 5 1 3 6 ANDERSON G 44 12-17 4-5 2 5 7 4 2 2 2 28 FRANCIS G 43 13-21 2-2 0 6 6 7 4 2 4 31 BULLARD 7 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 MOBLEY 28 6-15 10-11 1 1 2 3 3 0 1 22 MILLER 3 1-2 0-0 2 0 2 0 1 0 0 2 NORRIS 5 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 DREW DNP - COACH'S DECISION GRAY DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROGERS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 44-82 22-24 9 27 36 24 19 5 17 119 (.537) (.917) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 17(26 PTS)

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

BAKER F 26 4-11 2-2 2 2 4 2 1 1 1 10 PATTERSON F 28 3-4 4-5 7 1 8 4 2 0 2 10 GRANT C 30 4-12 1-2 7 3 10 3 1 1 0 9 B BARRY G 35 4-8 2-2 0 3 3 3 4 0 1 11 PAYTON G 47 12-30 3-5 3 6 9 9 5 5 4 29 LEWIS 34 9-16 2-2 4 6 10 1 2 1 3 22 MCCOY 12 2-2 1-2 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 5 WILLIAMS 28 9-18 1-1 0 1 1 4 3 2 1 20 BORRELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION FOSTER DNP - COACH'S DECISION MAXWELL DNP - WIFE HAVING BABY STEPANIA DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 47-101 16-21 23 23 46 28 19 10 12 116 (.465) (.762) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 13(17 PTS)

HOUSTON 32 22 37 28 - 119 SEATTLE 32 28 30 26 - 116

BLOCKED SHOTS: HOUSTON - WILLIAMS 2, CATO 2, MOBLEY, ANDERSON. SEATTLE - PATTERSON, B BARRY, BAKER, MCCOY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: HOUSTON 9-22 (.409), THOMAS 1-2, WILLIAMS 5-8, ANDERSON 0-2, FRANCIS 3-6, BULLARD 0-1, MOBLEY 0-3. SEATTLE 6-20 (.300), B BARRY 1-4, PAYTON 2-8, LEWIS 2-4, WILLIAMS 1-4. TECHNICALS: HOUSTON - MOBLEY. OFFICIALS: STEVE JAVIE, TIM DONAGHY, BILL KENNEDY. A - 14,713. T - 2:14.


Box Score

HOUSTON (119) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Thomas 30 3-9 0-0 0-5 0 2 7 Williams 45 8-13 2-2 2-5 7 1 23 Cato 35 1-2 4-4 2-9 2 5 6 Anderson 44 12-17 4-5 2-7 4 2 28 Francis 43 13-21 2-2 0-6 7 4 31 Bullard 7 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Mobley 28 6-15 10-11 1-2 3 3 22 Miller 3 1-2 0-0 2-2 0 1 2 Norris 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Drew DNP - coach's decision Gray DNP - coach's decision Rogers DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 44-82 22-24 9-36 24 19 119 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.537, FT-.917. 3-Point Goals: 9-22, .409 (Thomas 1-2, Williams 5-8, Anderson 0-2, Francis 3-6, Bullard 0-1, Mobley 0-3). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 6 (Williams 2, Cato 2, Mobley, Anderson). Turnovers: 17 (Francis 4, Cato 3, Thomas 3, Williams 3, Anderson 2, Mobley, Norris). Steals: 5 (Anderson 2, Francis 2, Cato).

SEATTLE (116) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Baker 26 4-11 2-2 2-4 2 1 10 Patterson 28 3-4 4-5 7-8 4 2 10 Grant 30 4-12 1-2 7-10 3 1 9 B Barry 35 4-8 2-2 0-3 3 4 11 Payton 47 12-30 3-5 3-9 9 5 29 Lewis 34 9-16 2-2 4-10 1 2 22 Mccoy 12 2-2 1-2 0-1 2 1 5 Williams 28 9-18 1-1 0-1 4 3 20 Borrell DNP - coach's decision Foster DNP - coach's decision Maxwell DNP - wife having baby Stepania DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 24047-101 16-21 23-46 28 19 116 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.465, FT-.762. 3-Point Goals: 6-20, .300 (B Barry 1-4, Payton 2-8, Lewis 2-4, Williams 1-4). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 4 (Patterson, B Barry, Baker, Mccoy). Turnovers: 13 (Payton 4, Lewis 3, Patterson 2, B Barry, Baker, Williams). Steals: 10 (Payton 5, Williams 2, Baker, Grant, Lewis). ____________________________________________ Houston 32 22 37 28 - 119 Seattle 32 28 30 26 - 116 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Houston 1 (Mobley, 0:04 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,713. T: 2:14. Officials: Steve Javie, Tim Donaghy, Bill Kennedy.


Game Story

SEATTLE (Ticker) -- Walt Williams made a 3-pointer with 5.1 seconds remaining, giving the Houston Rockets a 119-116 victory over the slumping Seattle SuperSonics.

After Rashard Lewis made two free throws to give Seattle a tie with 22 seconds to go, Williams spotted up in the left corner and buried his fifth 3-pointer of the game. He finished with 23 points and seven assists.

"We really made a mistake. We really shot the ball too soon," Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich said. "I said, `No shots, unless it's at the buzzer, unless it's a layup or a dunk.' But the way Walt has been shooting, he probably thought that was a layup."

"I kind of hesitated because I couldn't believe I was that wide open," Williams said. "I thought that was the best shot we were gonna get with the clock running down. I didn't think I was gonna miss."

Seattle had trouble stopping Houston all game and the final possession was no exception.

"We lost a shootout," SuperSonics coach Paul Westphal said. "It came down to them making a 3 or missing a 3 and they made it. We could never really guard them the whole night and couldn't contain them off the dribble."

"Our defensive assignments, we broke down," Sonics forward Horace Grant said. "We had been trapping them for the last three or four plays and they just drew it up in their favor. We had to rotate and we just left the guy wide open."

The Sonics had one more possession. Gary Payton inbounded and took a return pass from Horace Grant. He passed to Shammond Williams, who fumbled the ball between his legs and lost it out of bounds with 1.3 seconds to go.

The Rockets inbounded to rookie Steve Francis, who threw the ball in the air as time expired.

Francis scored 31 points and Shandon Anderson added 28 for the Rockets, who avoided a season series sweep and have won two straight road games after dropping nine in a row.

Payton had 29 points and nine assists and Lewis added 22 points and 10 rebounds for the SuperSonics, who have lost seven of nine overall and on the road. Seattle squandered a chance to tie Sacramento for seventh place in the Western Conference.

"You have to give those guys (Houston) credit," Grant said. "They came out, played loose, and they had nothing to lose really, and they played like it."

Grant scored inside to pull Seattle into a 107-107 tie with 4:05 remaining but Anderson and Cuttino Mobley scored on drives to give Houston a four-point lead. After Shammond Williams drove for a hoop, Walt Williams made a 3-pointer to make it 114-109 with 2:28 left.

But Lewis answered with a 3-pointer 10 seconds later and Brent Barry drove for a basket that tied it with 1:45 to go. Mobley and Lewis traded a pair of free throws, setting up the winning shot by Williams.

"Walt's been playing great for over a month," Tomjanovich said. "He's been great and real consistent. The guys have just grabbed two big wins in a row and they're just playing real good basketball."

Mobley scored 22 points for the Rockets, who shot 54 percent (44-of-82) from the field and made 22-of-24 free throws. Houston also made 9-of-22 shots from behind the arc.

Shammond Williams scored 20 points and Barry added 11 for the Sonics, who shot 46.5 percent (47-of-101), had six players in double figures and held a 46-36 rebounding advantage.

Francis made 13-of-21 shots. He came out on fire and scored 18 points in the first quarter, which ended in a 32-32 tie. He spent most of the rest of the game drawing the defense and setting up teammates.

"I never felt like I needed to shoot because they were double-teaming me a lot," Francis said. "Whenever and open guy came, I just passed him the ball. My teammates did a great job of finishing and picking up when we were open."

"His play's been crucial," Walt Williams said. "Early in the season, it seemed as though he was forcing shots, especially if he was hot like that in the beginning. This shows how much better he is getting in a short period of time."

Mobley scored 13 points in the second quarter as Houston took a 60-54 lead at halftime. Payton and Shammond Williams combined for 16 points in the third period as Seattle closed to 91-90 entering the final 12 minutes.

Seattle guard Vernon Maxwell was not with the team due to the birth of his child.

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