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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SACRAMENTO 27 26 16 16 85 SEATTLE 20 20 31 18 89 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: SAC - CHRIS WEBBER 20, PREDRAG STOJAKOVIC 18, LAWRENCE FUNDERBURKE 11 SEA - GARY PAYTON 19, RASHARD LEWIS 15, RUBEN PATTERSON 15

HIGH REBOUND: SAC - CHRIS WEBBER 13, VLADE DIVAC 9 SEA - RUBEN PATTERSON 15, GARY PAYTON 12

HIGH ASSISTS: SAC - CHRIS WEBBER 5, JASON WILLIAMS 5 SEA - GARY PAYTON 10, BRENT BARRY 6

ATT: 17,072


Extended Box

SACRAMENTO (85) AT SEATTLE (89)

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

STOJAKOVIC F 38 7-11 0-0 0 7 7 3 1 0 2 18 WEBBER F 45 7-23 6-10 4 9 13 5 2 0 4 20 DIVAC C 31 2-6 1-2 2 7 9 1 3 2 5 5 CHRISTIE G 32 3-10 1-1 1 1 2 4 1 0 1 9 WILLIAMS G 30 2-8 0-0 0 3 3 5 1 0 2 5 FUNDERBURKE 14 5-8 1-2 4 1 5 0 2 0 2 11 BARRY 16 2-5 0-2 1 0 1 1 3 3 1 5 TURKOGLU 16 3-4 1-1 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 7 JACKSON 18 1-5 3-3 0 1 1 3 1 2 0 5 ANDERSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION MARTIN DNP - COACH'S DECISION POLLARD DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE

TOTALS 240 32-80 13-21 13 29 42 22 15 7 17 85 (.400) (.619) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 18(23 PTS)

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

LEWIS F 35 7-13 0-0 2 7 9 3 3 1 2 15 MCCOY F 17 2-7 0-0 3 2 5 2 0 0 1 4 EWING C 26 5-12 2-2 4 7 11 1 2 2 3 12 PAYTON G 45 9-30 1-1 4 8 12 10 2 1 2 19 S WILLIAMS G 32 4-10 1-1 1 2 3 2 1 0 1 11 BAKER 20 4-7 1-2 0 1 1 0 4 0 1 9 PATTERSON 31 5-12 5-6 9 6 15 5 3 3 3 15 MASON 15 2-6 0-0 2 0 2 0 1 0 2 4 B BARRY 19 0-2 0-0 1 0 1 6 3 2 1 0 DAVIS DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT KNEE OYEDEJI DNP - COACH'S DECISION WOLKOWYSKI DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-99 10-12 26 33 59 29 19 9 16 89 (.384) (.833) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 16(9 PTS)

SACRAMENTO 27 26 16 16 - 85 SEATTLE 20 20 31 18 - 89

BLOCKED SHOTS: SACRAMENTO - WEBBER 3, DIVAC 2, BARRY. SEATTLE - PATTERSON 3, PAYTON, MCCOY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SACRAMENTO 8-17 (.471), STOJAKOVIC 4-6, CHRISTIE 2-6, WILLIAMS 1-3, BARRY 1-2. SEATTLE 3-17 (.176), LEWIS 1-2, PAYTON 0-6, S WILLIAMS 2-6, MASON 0-1, B BARRY 0-2. TECHNICALS: SACRAMENTO - FUNDERBURKE, WEBBER, SEATTLE - DELAY OF GAME, PAYTON, BAKER 2 (EJECTED). OFFICIALS: JOE CRAWFORD, SCOTT FOSTER, LEROY RICHARDSON. A - 17,072. T - 2:06.


Box Score

SACRAMENTO (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Stojakovic 38 7-11 0-0 0-7 3 1 18 Webber 45 7-23 6-10 4-13 5 2 20 Divac 31 2-6 1-2 2-9 1 3 5 Christie 32 3-10 1-1 1-2 4 1 9 Williams 30 2-8 0-0 0-3 5 1 5 Funderburke 14 5-8 1-2 4-5 0 2 11 Barry 16 2-5 0-2 1-1 1 3 5 Turkoglu 16 3-4 1-1 1-1 0 1 7 Jackson 18 1-5 3-3 0-1 3 1 5 Anderson DNP - coach's decision Martin DNP - coach's decision Pollard DNP - sprained right ankle _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-80 13-21 13-42 22 15 85 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.400, FT-.619. 3-Point Goals: 8-17, .471 (Stojakovic 4-6, Christie 2-6, Williams 1-3, Barry 1-2). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 6 (Webber 3, Divac 2, Barry). Turnovers: 18 (Divac 5, Webber 4, Funderburke 2, Stojakovic 2, Williams 2, Barry, Christie). Steals: 7 (Barry 3, Divac 2, Jackson 2).

SEATTLE (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Lewis 35 7-13 0-0 2-9 3 3 15 Mccoy 17 2-7 0-0 3-5 2 0 4 Ewing 26 5-12 2-2 4-11 1 2 12 Payton 45 9-30 1-1 4-12 10 2 19 S Williams 32 4-10 1-1 1-3 2 1 11 Baker 20 4-7 1-2 0-1 0 4 9 Patterson 31 5-12 5-6 9-15 5 3 15 Mason 15 2-6 0-0 2-2 0 1 4 B Barry 19 0-2 0-0 1-1 6 3 0 Davis DNP - sprained right knee Oyedeji DNP - coach's decision Wolkowyski DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-99 10-12 26-59 29 19 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.384, FT-.833. 3-Point Goals: 3-17, .176 (Lewis 1-2, Payton 0-6, S Williams 2-6, Mason 0-1, B Barry 0-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 5 (Patterson 3, Payton, Mccoy). Turnovers: 16 (Ewing 3, Patterson 3, Lewis 2, Mason 2, Payton 2, B Barry, Baker, Mccoy, S Williams). Steals: 9 (Patterson 3, B Barry 2, Ewing 2, Lewis, Payton). ____________________________________________ Sacramento 27 26 16 16 - 85 Seattle 20 20 31 18 - 89 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Sacramento 2 (Funderburke, 0:44 1st; Webber, 11:20 4th). Seattle 4 (Delay Of Game, 3:22 3rd; Payton, 10:06 4th; Baker 2 (ejected), 10:06 4th, 8:46 4th). Flagrant fouls: Sacramento 1 (Webber, 1:09 3rd). A: 17,072. T: 2:06. Officials: Joe Crawford, Scott Foster, Leroy Richardson.


Game Story

SEATTLE (Ticker) -- Chris Webber once again got inside Vin Baker's head but the superstar power forward was unable to shake up the rest of the new and improved Seattle SuperSonics.

Gary Payton posted his second triple-double of the season and 13th of his career with 19 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists as the SuperSonics used a late rally to overcome Webber and the first-place Sacramento Kings, 89-85.

Webber taunted and ultimately challenged Baker to a fight during a 125-101 blowout of the Sonics on November 25. That disaster was Paul Westphal's swan song as Seattle's coach and Nate McMillian has stepped in and turned around the Sonics.

Since McMillian took over, Seattle has won eight of 11 contests, including tonight's statement game.

"We kind of expected that with Vin and Webber," McMillan said. "It's a tough game but I told the guys, `Don't back down from anyone.'"

Baker, matched up with Webber, who had a typical night with 20 points, 13 rebounds and five assists, managed just nine points and was hit with two technicals in the fourth quarter. The second of those came after he delivered an elbow to Webber's chest after taking a few of his own that went undetected.

"I don't even think about him," Webber said of Baker. "What more can I say? I'm not going to waste any more thoughts or breath on him."

As Baker trudged off the court and Webber smirked at his handiwork, Bobby Jackson hit a technical free throw and rookie Hidayet Turkoglu added a layup to give the Kings a 77-72 lead with 8:42 to play.

Webber made three free throws and a layup to help Sacramento to an 85-78 cushion with 5:29 left before the Sonics dug in. Rashard Lewis hit a jumper and slammed before Patrick Ewing's follow shot cut the deficit to one.

Ewing buried an eight-footer on the Sonics' ensuing trip and Shammond Williams' 3-pointer capped Seattle's closing 11-0 run.

"I've played against Nate McMillan and I know how resilient Gary Payton is and that team just took on their personality tonight," Webber said. "You just have to give those guys credit."

Ruben Patterson had 15 points and 15 rebounds off the bench for the Sonics, who have won four in a row and prevented the Kings from inheriting the NBA's best record.

Peja Stojakovic returned from a seven-game absence to an injured right shoulder and scored 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting for the Kings, who managed just 32 points in the second half after holding a 53-40 advantage at the break.

"We just said the first half was theirs and we wanted to cut their lead coming out after halftime," Ewing said.

Webber was just 7-of-23 from the floor as the Kings shot 40 percent (32-of-80) and commmitted 23 points off turnovers. Sacramento was also outrebounded, 59-32, by the revenge-minded Sonics.

"In basketball, that's what you want -- a little bit of a rivalry," Webber said. "Their guys did what it took to win. You really have to give them credit."

"They beat us to the balls, they really wanted it," Sacramento coach Rick Adelman said. "We've got to learn that if we are going to beat good teams on the road, you can't allow that. They just did more than we did to win."

Lewis scored 15 points and Ewing had 12 and 11 rebounds for Seattle, which shot 38 percent (38-of-99) and used a 31-16 third quarter to climb back into contention.

Jason Williams' 15-footer gave the Kings a 15-point bulge early in the third quarter before the Sonics came to life. Ewing made a layup and Payton buried a 14-footer as Seattle's offense began to click.

Jelani McCoy slammed, Payton connected from 18 feet, Lewis hit a 3-pointer and dunked and Payton made consecutive baskets as the Sonics pulled within 62-59 with 3:22 left in the third quarter.

Patterson made a follow shot and Lewis slammed to forge a 63-63 one minute later.

"It feels real good," Patterson said. "You know those guys came out and jumped on us with a 17-point lead and we just fought back. In the second half, we just brought a lot of energy and got the win."

Doug Christie hit a pair of 3-pointers to put the Sonics back in front but Williams' layup capped a 7-0 run to close the period and Seattle was back in front, 71-69, entering the final 12 minutes.

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