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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SEATTLE 25 31 23 15 94 VANCOUVER 17 33 24 19 93 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: SEA - GARY PAYTON 17, RASHARD LEWIS 13, JELANI MCCOY 12 VAN - MIKE BIBBY 17, OTHELLA HARRINGTON 15, BRYANT REEVES 15

HIGH REBOUND: SEA - PATRICK EWING 9, THREE PLAYERS WITH 7 VAN - SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 9, BRYANT REEVES 8

HIGH ASSISTS: SEA - GARY PAYTON 11, DESMOND MASON 3 VAN - MICHAEL DICKERSON 8, MIKE BIBBY 6

ATT: 15,102


Extended Box

SEATTLE (94) AT VANCOUVER (93)

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

LEWIS F 31 6-12 0-0 1 6 7 1 3 1 2 13 MCCOY F 34 6-7 0-2 3 4 7 2 5 1 0 12 EWING C 34 3-8 4-7 3 6 9 1 4 1 2 10 DAVIS G 26 3-4 0-0 0 7 7 2 3 1 3 6 PAYTON G 41 4-16 8-8 0 3 3 11 1 0 2 17 BAKER 15 3-10 3-4 1 1 2 0 4 1 3 9 PATTERSON 13 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 3 1 2 0 B BARRY 20 4-7 0-0 0 4 4 2 1 1 1 10 MASON 19 5-7 0-0 1 2 3 3 0 1 0 11 S WILLIAMS 6 2-2 2-2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 6 WOLKOWYSKI 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 ELLISON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-75 17-23 9 34 43 23 25 9 15 94 (.480) (.739) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 15(14 PTS)

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

S ABDUR-RAHIM F 37 5-11 4-6 1 8 9 5 2 0 3 14 HARRINGTON F 27 5-10 5-8 2 3 5 1 1 0 1 15 MASSENBURG C 8 0-1 0-0 0 3 3 0 4 0 0 0 BIBBY G 37 6-14 4-4 0 3 3 6 2 1 2 17 DICKERSON G 43 4-20 2-2 2 2 4 8 2 0 0 13 REEVES 39 7-14 1-1 4 4 8 2 4 2 2 15 SWIFT 14 3-6 1-1 3 1 4 0 2 1 0 7 WEST 5 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 LONG 18 2-4 0-0 0 1 1 1 4 1 2 4 JONES 12 3-5 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 6 M ABDUL-RAUF DNP - COACH'S DECISION AUSTIN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-86 17-22 12 27 39 23 21 5 11 93 (.419) (.773) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 12(18 PTS)

SEATTLE 25 31 23 15 - 94 VANCOUVER 17 33 24 19 - 93

BLOCKED SHOTS: SEATTLE - DAVIS 3, MCCOY, EWING. VANCOUVER - REEVES 3, BIBBY, WEST. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SEATTLE 5-11 (.455), LEWIS 1-3, PAYTON 1-3, B BARRY 2-3, MASON 1-2. VANCOUVER 4-17 (.235), S ABDUR-RAHIM 0-1, BIBBY 1-5, DICKERSON 3-9, JONES 0-2. TECHNICALS: VANCOUVER - HEAD COACH LOWE, S ABDUR-RAHIM. OFFICIALS: RON GARRETSON, GEORGE TOLIVER, NOLAN FINE. A - 15,102. T - 2:12.


Box Score

SEATTLE (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Lewis 31 6-12 0-0 1-7 1 3 13 Mccoy 34 6-7 0-2 3-7 2 5 12 Ewing 34 3-8 4-7 3-9 1 4 10 Davis 26 3-4 0-0 0-7 2 3 6 Payton 41 4-16 8-8 0-3 11 1 17 Baker 15 3-10 3-4 1-2 0 4 9 Patterson 13 0-2 0-0 0-1 1 3 0 B Barry 20 4-7 0-0 0-4 2 1 10 Mason 19 5-7 0-0 1-3 3 0 11 S Williams 6 2-2 2-2 0-0 0 0 6 Wolkowyski 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Ellison DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-75 17-23 9-43 23 25 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.480, FT-.739. 3-Point Goals: 5-11, .455 (Lewis 1-3, Payton 1-3, B Barry 2-3, Mason 1-2). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 5 (Davis 3, Mccoy, Ewing). Turnovers: 15 (Baker 3, Davis 3, Ewing 2, Lewis 2, Patterson 2, Payton 2, B Barry). Steals: 9 (B Barry, Baker, Davis, Ewing, Lewis, Mason, Mccoy, Patterson, S Williams).

VANCOUVER (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp S Abdur-rahim 37 5-11 4-6 1-9 5 2 14 Harrington 27 5-10 5-8 2-5 1 1 15 Massenburg 8 0-1 0-0 0-3 0 4 0 Bibby 37 6-14 4-4 0-3 6 2 17 Dickerson 43 4-20 2-2 2-4 8 2 13 Reeves 39 7-14 1-1 4-8 2 4 15 Swift 14 3-6 1-1 3-4 0 2 7 West 5 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 2 Long 18 2-4 0-0 0-1 1 4 4 Jones 12 3-5 0-0 0-1 0 0 6 M Abdul-rauf DNP - coach's decision Austin DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-86 17-22 12-39 23 21 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.419, FT-.773. 3-Point Goals: 4-17, .235 (S Abdur-rahim 0-1, Bibby 1-5, Dickerson 3-9, Jones 0-2). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 5 (Reeves 3, Bibby, West). Turnovers: 12 (S Abdur-rahim 3, Bibby 2, Long 2, Reeves 2, Harrington, Jones). Steals: 5 (Reeves 2, Bibby, Long, Swift). ____________________________________________ Seattle 25 31 23 15 - 94 Vancouver 17 33 24 19 - 93 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Vancouver 2 (Head Coach Lowe, 5:31 2nd; S Abdur-rahim, 5:31 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,102. T: 2:12. Officials: Ron Garretson, George Toliver, Nolan Fine.


Game Story

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Ticker) -- Shareef Abdur-Rahim missed a jumper from the left baseline at the buzzer as the Seattle Super Sonics held on for a 94-93 victory over the Vancouver Grizzlies.

Abdur-Rahim had a chance to tie it with 22 seconds left but made only 1-of-2 from the line and the Grizzlies missed three opportunities to go ahead in the final seconds.

The SuperSonics did their best to give away the win, scoring only three points in the final 6:10 after opening a 91-84 lead. Seattle did not score in the final 1:52, committing three turnovers.

But Vancouver was unable to take advantage of the opportunities, allowing the Sonics to escape with the victory and reach .500 for the first time since the second game of the season.

"It's good to be at .500 but we got to stay there," Seattle guard Gary Payton said. "We're just getting better and playing better defense, and everybody is learning their role."

Seattle avenged a season-opening 94-88 loss to Vancouver and improved to 6-3 under interim coach Nate McMillan.

"We made it tough on ourselves," McMillan said. "We didn't take care of the ball ourselves. Starting with the second quarter on for the rest of the game, they started getting more aggressive and started making plays and getting calls. We started playing a little soft. We had to get back to playing aggressive."

"A lot of people have been giving Vancouver a lot of grief but they have a pretty good team," Sonics center Patrick Ewing added. "They blew us out the first time we played them and we wanted to come back and beat them."

Payton scored 17 points, marking the 17th time in the last 18 games he has led the Sonics. But the All-Star guard was held scoreless in the fourth quarter and finished just 4-of-20 from the field.

"I shot the ball terrible tonight but the other guys around me made it happen," Payton said. "It's no longer me, me me. It's us and we're now playing as a team."

Mike Bibby scored 17 points for the Grizzlies, who led for all of 19 seconds in the contest. Down 16 in the first half, Vancouver grabbed a brief 82-81 lead on Damon Jones' fast-break layup with 9:44 to play.

"We tried to come out and play hard for each other tonight," Abdur-Rahim said. "I don't think it had to do with the level of effort. Sometimes you just don't make shots."

Seattle got its final point on Ewing's foul shot, which opened a 94-88 lead. Four straight foul shots by Bibby pulled the Grizzlies within 94-92 with 54 seconds left, setting the stage for a wild final minute.

"They made us work but I'm very happy that we were able to come out with a win," Ewing said. "The calls could have gone either way. They got most of the calls but we were able to withstand it and get the win."

With 31 seconds left, Payton's pass went through Ewing's hands in the frontcourt. After a scramble, Vancouver's Grant Long grabbed the ball near midcourt and called timeout.

The Grizzlies got the ball to Abdur-Rahim, who was fouled while driving to the basket. After he hit the first, the Sonics called timeout to ice Abdur-Rahim, a strategy that worked when his second foul shot caromed off the back of the rim.

But following another scramble, the rebound went out of bounds off Ewing, allowing Vancouver to retain possession. The Grizzlies got the ball to an open Bryant Reeves on the right baseline. But he launched an airball from 12 feet.

The Sonics could not control the rebound, giving the Grizzlies yet another possession with 3.7 seconds to play.

The inbounds pass came to Michael Dickerson, who appeared to be wide open underneath. But Emanual Davis blocked Dickerson's layup from behind and knocked the ball out of bounds.

With 1.9 seconds left, the Grizzlies had a final chance and got the ball to Abdur-Rahim. But after pump-faking in an attempt to draw a foul, he missed a jumper off the back of the rim.

"It was a great effort on our kids' part," Vancouver coach Sidney Lowe said. "They played it all the way through. They gave effort and that's all we ask. We had a chance. We were down and we scrapped back."

Seattle opened with a 10-2 run and built a 42-26 lead on Desmond Mason's layup with 6:33 left in the first half.

Abdur-Rahim and Lowe were each called for technicals with 5:31 remaining in the second quarter. But that seemed to fire up the Grizzlies, who closed to 56-50 at the half.

Rashard Lewis scored 13 and Jelani McCoy 12 for the Sonics, who had six players reach double figures. Despite its drought down the stretch, Seattle shot 48 percent (36-of-75) from the field.

"I thought we hung in there as a unit and guys made some big plays," McMillan said. "All I'm asking for is effort. It takes effort to play in this league, to be successful. Anybody can just show up and we haven't really gotten to the point where we just show up."

Reeves and Othella Harrington contributed 15 apiece for the Grizzlies, who have dropped four straight and six of seven.

"We can't let this game get us down," Bibby said. "It's a long season and we had a good effort tonight. We shared the ball."

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