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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SEATTLE 30 34 12 29 105 PORTLAND 19 27 22 25 93 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: SEA - GARY PAYTON 24, RASHARD LEWIS 18, RUBEN PATTERSON 15 POR - DAMON STOUDAMIRE 20, RASHEED WALLACE 18, SCOTTIE PIPPEN 17

HIGH REBOUND: SEA - PATRICK EWING 10, TWO PLAYERS WITH 7 POR - RASHEED WALLACE 10, DALE DAVIS 8

HIGH ASSISTS: SEA - GARY PAYTON 10, SHAMMOND WILLIAMS 4 =I- DAMON STOUDAMIRE 6, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 19,980


Extended Box

SEATTLE (105) AT PORTLAND (93)

SEATTLE REBOUNDSC! e I POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

LEWIS F 36 6-12 4-4 4 3 7 0 1 1 1 18 MCCOY F 24 2-7 1-2 2 4 6 2 3 0 0 5 EWING C 20 2-7 2-2 1 9 10 1 0 0 2 6 DAVIS G 21 4-9 1-2 1 4 5 1 2 0 0 11 PAYTON G 38 9-17 5-6 2 3 5 10 2 2 2 24 B BARRY 27 3-7 1-2 2 0 2 2 2 0 0 9 BAKER 28 5-10 0-0 2 2 4 1 4 0 5 10 S WILLIAMS 18 2-4 2-2 0 1 1 4 2 2 1 6 PATTERSON 21 5-8 5-7 3 4 7 2 2 1 0 15 MASON 7 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 1 2 1 1 1 ELLISON DNP - COACH'S DECISION WOLKOWYSKI DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-81 22-29 17 30 47 24 20 7 12 105 (.469) (.759) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 12(10 PTS)

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

PIPPEN F 40 5-13 5-6 1 6 7 3 3 0 1 17 WALLACE F 43 7-16 3-4 3 7 10 2 3 2 3 18 SABONIS C 6 0-3 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 SMITH G 43 5-10 3-3 2 1 3 3 3 0 2 15 STOUDAMIRE G 36 3-12 12-15 1 4 5 6 3 1 1 20 DAVIS 30 1-6 2-2 3 5 8 2 1 0 0 4 KEMP 11 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 1 2 2 WELLS 19 7-12 0-0 4 1 5 0 1 3 3 14 ANTHONY 12 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 2 0 3 AUGMON DNP - COACH'S DECISION BARKLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION PERDUE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-77 25-30 14 26 40 18 18 9 12 93 (.390) (.833) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 12(19 PTS)

SEATTLE 30 34 12 29 - 105 PORTLAND 19 27 22 25 - 93

BLOCKED SHOTS: SEATTLE - MCCOY 2, BAKER 2, S WILLIAMS, PATTERSON. PORTLAND - WALLACE 5, SABONIS 2, PIPPEN, SMITH. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SEATTLE 7-16 (.438), LEWIS ib " YM2-4, PAYTON 1-5, B BARRY 2-4. PORTLAND 8-21 (.381), PIPPEN 2-7, WALLACE 1-2, SMITH 2-5, STOUDAMIRE 2-5, ANTHONY 1-2. TECHNICALS: SEATTLE - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, PORTLAND - PIPPEN, HEAD COACH DUNLEAVY 2 (EJECTED), WELLS (EJECTED). OFFICIALS: JACK NIES, TIM DONAGHY, VIOLET PALMER. A - 19,980. T - 2:09.


Box Score

SEATTLE (105) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Lewis 36 6-12 4-4 4-7 0 1 18 Mccoy 24 2-7 1-2 2-6 2 3 5 Ewing 20 2-7 2-2 1-10 1 0 6 Davis 21 4-9 1-2 1-5 1 2 11 Payton 38 9-17 5-6 2-5 10 2 24 B Barry 27 3-7 1-2 2-2 2 2 9 Baker 28 5-10 0-0 2-4 1 4 10 S Williams 18 2-4 2-2 0-1 4 2 6 Patterson 21 5-8 5-7 3-7 2 2 15 Mason 7 0-0 1-2 0-0 1 2 1 Ellison DNP - coach's decision Wolkowyski DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-81 22-29 17-47 24 20 105 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.469, FT-.759. 3-Point Goals: 7-16, .438 (Lewis 2-3, Davis 2-4, Payton 1-5, B Barry 2-4). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 6 (Mccoy 2, Baker 2, S Williams, Patterson). Turnovers: 12 (Baker 5, Ewing 2, Payton 2, Lewis, Mason, S Williams). Steals: 7 (Payton 2, S Williams 2, Lewis, Mason, Patterson).

PORTLAND (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pippen 40 5-13 5-6 1-7 3 3 17 Wallace 43 7-L j j j Sabonis 6 0-3 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 Smith 43 5-10 3-3 2-3 3 3 15 Stoudamire 36 3-12 12-15 1-5 6 3 20 Davis 30 1-6 2-2 3-8 2 1 4 Kemp 11 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 2 2 Wells 19 7-12 0-0 4-5 0 1 14 Anthony 12 1-3 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 Augmon DNP - coach's decision Barkley DNP - coach's decision Perdue DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-77 25-30 14-40 18 18 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.390, FT-.833. 3-Point Goals: 8-21, .381 (Pippen 2-7, Wallace 1-2, Smith 2-5, Stoudamire 2-5, Anthony 1-2). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 9 (Wallace 5, Sabonis 2, Pippen, Smith). Turnovers: 12 (Wallace 3, Wells 3, Kemp 2, Smith 2, Pippen, Stoudamire). Steals: 9 (Wells 3, Anthony 2, Wallace 2, Kemp, Stoudamire). ____________________________________________ Seattle 30 34 12 29 - 105 Portland 19 27 22 25 - 93 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Seattle 1 (Illegal Defense, 1:04 1st). Portland 4 (Pippen, 5:26 2nd; Head Coach Dunleavy 2 (ejected), 11:35 4th; Wells (ejected), 4:38 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,980. T: 2:09. Officials: Jack Nies, Tim Donaghy, Violet Palmer.


Game Story

PORTLAND, Oregon (Ticker) -- Apparently, the Seattle SuperSonics like Nate McMillan.

Gary Payton scored 24 points and dished out 10 assists and Rashard Lewis added 18 points as the Sonics completely dominated the Portland Trail Blazers, 105-93, in McMillan's debut as coach.

McMillan was named interim coach Monday after weeks of controversy around the SuperSonics was brought to a close with the firing of coach Paul Westphal, who had feuded with both Payton and Vin Baker.

Seattle led the whole way, opening a 14-point lead in the first quarter. The +ḱscored 30 points in the opening period, the most by any Trail Blazers opponent this season.

The Sonics played the aggressive defense expected from a team with Payton at the point and Patrick Ewing in the post. They held the Blazers to 31 percent shooting (5-of-16) in the first quarter and outrebounded them, 17-8.

"We just played better," Payton said. "We just got back to playing defense, playing the basketball that we played when Nate was here as a player. A lot of people played with a lot of emotion. That's all we need on the floor. ... Nate was always a defensive guy and he told us from day one, I'm going to play defense and if you don't play defense, you're not going to play."

The first quarter set the tone and Seattle kept playing. It led by as much as 22 points in the second quarter and Portland got no closer than 95-86 in the second half.

Rasheed Wallace hit a jumper to bring Portland within nine with 2:23 left, but Lewis hit a 3-pointer from the right corner and after a steal, Payton lofted up an alley-oop to a sprinting Baker, who slammed it home for a 100-86 lead with 1:38 to play.

The Blazers shot just 39 percent (30-of-77) from the field and were outrebounded, 47-40.

Both Portland coach Mike Dunleavy and guard Bonzi Wells were ejected in the fourth quarter. Wells whipped his headband across the court at referee Tim Donaghy and knocked over a water cooler before leaving the court.

"If there was contact between Bonzi and the official I think it was accidental and done out of frustration," said Dunleavy, who was watching on television from the locker room at the time. "I think from the look on his face, he was really that he got a technical."

Damon Stoudamire led Portland with 20 points and six assists. Wallace finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds. The Blazers lost center Arvydas Sabonis with a sprained left knee six minutes into the game.

Sabonis sat out the first eight games of the season and did not participate in training camp recovering from offseason arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. He was listed as day-to-day after the game tonight.

Westphal's firing came as no surprise. He had been under fire the past two weeks due to the Sonics' slow start and his stormy relationship with Payton. Westphal had offered to resign during the second week of the season.

Known as "Mr. Sonic," McMillan was in his third year as an assistant with the team after spending his entire 12-year playing career in Seattle. He retired following the 1997-98 season as the club's all-time leader in assists and steals and now is second to Payton in both categories.

More importantly, he is said to have a .Ɂrelationship with Payton, his former teammate. Payton has led the team in scoring 10 straight games and 14 out of 16 overall and led them in assists all but one game.

"I haven't been in a funk. I've been happy," Payton said, denying anything has been wrong on the team. "I'm never in a funk. I go home and see my kids, I'm always happy. I wasn't in a funk. I don't think the team was in a funk. I think we just needed a win to show you guys that we can play basketball and this is the way we need to play basketball. And that's what we did. We showed you guys what's going on. I think our team has been great."

They were tonight, never trailing and responding to every challenge from the Blazers, who had seemed to be rounding into form as one of the league's elite teams.

They led by 22 points several times in the second quarter but saw the Blazers fight back to come within 76-68 on Wells' follow basket 49 seconds left in the third quarter.

But Dunleavy drew two technicals and was tossed 25 seconds into the fourth quarter and Payton hit both free throws. Ruben Patterson hit a short jumper, Lewis nailed a 20-footer and Baker scored on the offensive rebound of a miss by Shammond Williams, giving the Sonics an 84-68 lead with 9:30 to play.

"Our attitude was great tonight," Baker said. "I think it was the attitude from the coaching staff on down to the players. We really wanted to come out and win this basketball game. We really wanted to come out and get a new start."

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