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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW JERSEY 25 32 17 23 97 SEATTLE 24 25 33 24 106 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 29, JOHNNY NEWMAN 17, KENYON MARTIN 16 SEA - RUBEN PATTERSON 21, PATRICK EWING 18, TWO PLAYERS WITH 17

HIGH REBOUND: NJN - AARON WILLIAMS 9, KEITH VAN HORN 9 SEA - PATRICK EWING 18, RASHARD LEWIS 7

HIGH ASSISTS: NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 9, AARON WILLIAMS 4 SEA - GARY PAYTON 7, BRENT BARRY 6

ATT: 15,124


Extended Box

NEW JERSEY (97) AT SEATTLE (106)

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

VAN HORN F 33 1-12 2-4 1 8 9 1 4 0 1 4 WILLIAMS F 34 2-6 3-3 1 8 9 4 5 1 1 7 K MARTIN C 30 6-11 4-4 4 2 6 0 5 0 0 16 HARRIS G 28 7-15 1-1 2 5 7 1 3 3 1 15 S MARBURY G 38 10-20 5-6 0 0 0 9 2 1 0 29 JACKSON 17 1-6 2-4 1 0 1 2 2 4 3 4 NEWMAN 33 6-12 2-2 0 3 3 1 1 0 1 17 ESCHMEYER 9 0-1 0-0 1 2 3 0 4 0 0 0 DOUGLAS 18 2-3 1-2 0 0 0 2 1 2 1 5 GILL DNP - NOT WITH TEAM SAMAKE DNP - COACH'S DECISION STEPANIA DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-86 20-26 10 28 38 20 27 11 8 97 (.407) (.769) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 9(17 PTS)

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

LEWIS F 31 2-4 2-2 2 5 7 2 2 0 3 6 PATTERSON F 32 8-11 5-8 2 3 5 2 2 0 3 21 EWING C 29 6-13 6-6 1 17 18 1 4 1 1 18 B BARRY G 40 6-8 1-2 0 2 2 6 1 0 4 17 PAYTON G 40 6-17 3-4 1 4 5 7 3 2 5 17 BAKER 25 1-2 7-10 0 3 3 2 3 1 2 9 S WILLIAMS 15 3-8 0-0 2 2 4 1 1 0 0 7 MASON 16 2-6 2-2 1 2 3 1 1 0 1 6 MCCOY 12 2-3 1-3 1 4 5 0 3 0 0 5 DAVIS DNP - ILLNESS MARKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION OYEDEJI DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-72 27-37 10 42 52 22 20 4 19 106 (.500) (.730) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 19(25 PTS)

NEW JERSEY 25 32 17 23 - 97 SEATTLE 24 25 33 24 - 106

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW JERSEY - K MARTIN. SEATTLE - EWING 4, LEWIS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW JERSEY 7-18 (.389), VAN HORN 0-3, HARRIS 0-2, S MARBURY 4-7, JACKSON 0-1, NEWMAN 3-5. SEATTLE 7-16 (.438), LEWIS 0-1, B BARRY 4-6, PAYTON 2-5, S WILLIAMS 1-3, MASON 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JOE FORTE, MIKE CALLAHAN, RODNEY MOTT. A - 15,124. T - 2:13.


Box Score

NEW JERSEY (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Van Horn 33 1-12 2-4 1-9 1 4 4 Williams 34 2-6 3-3 1-9 4 5 7 K Martin 30 6-11 4-4 4-6 0 5 16 Harris 28 7-15 1-1 2-7 1 3 15 S Marbury 38 10-20 5-6 0-0 9 2 29 Jackson 17 1-6 2-4 1-1 2 2 4 Newman 33 6-12 2-2 0-3 1 1 17 Eschmeyer 9 0-1 0-0 1-3 0 4 0 Douglas 18 2-3 1-2 0-0 2 1 5 Gill DNP - not with team Samake DNP - coach's decision Stepania DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-86 20-26 10-38 20 27 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.407, FT-.769. 3-Point Goals: 7-18, .389 (Van Horn 0-3, Harris 0-2, S Marbury 4-7, Jackson 0-1, Newman 3-5). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 1 (K Martin). Turnovers: 9 (Jackson 3, Douglas, Harris, Newman, Van Horn, Williams). Steals: 11 (Jackson 4, Harris 3, Douglas 2, S Marbury, Williams).

SEATTLE (106) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Lewis 31 2-4 2-2 2-7 2 2 6 Patterson 32 8-11 5-8 2-5 2 2 21 Ewing 29 6-13 6-6 1-18 1 4 18 B Barry 40 6-8 1-2 0-2 6 1 17 Payton 40 6-17 3-4 1-5 7 3 17 Baker 25 1-2 7-10 0-3 2 3 9 S Williams 15 3-8 0-0 2-4 1 1 7 Mason 16 2-6 2-2 1-3 1 1 6 Mccoy 12 2-3 1-3 1-5 0 3 5 Davis DNP - illness Marks DNP - coach's decision Oyedeji DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-72 27-37 10-52 22 20 106 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.500, FT-.730. 3-Point Goals: 7-16, .438 (Lewis 0-1, B Barry 4-6, Payton 2-5, S Williams 1-3, Mason 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 5 (Ewing 4, Lewis). Turnovers: 19 (Payton 5, B Barry 4, Lewis 3, Patterson 3, Baker 2, Ewing, Mason). Steals: 4 (Payton 2, Baker, Ewing). ____________________________________________ New Jersey 25 32 17 23 - 97 Seattle 24 25 33 24 - 106 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: New Jersey 1 (Williams, 6:53 3rd). A: 15,124. T: 2:13. Officials: Joe Forte, Mike Callahan, Rodney Mott.


Game Story

SEATTLE (Ticker) -- Patrick Ewing and the Seattle SuperSonics are making a comeback.

Ewing continued his recent resurgence with 18 points and a season-high 18 rebounds as the SuperSonics posted their fifth straight win since Gary Payton's return from a team-imposed suspension, 106-97 over the slumping New Jersey Nets.

Acquired in the offseason to give the Sonics a presence in the middle against the likes of Western Conference centers Shaquille O'Neal and David Robinson, Ewing had been less than spectacular in his new locale after a Hall of Fame stint in New York.

But the 7-foot, 16-year veteran has had a little extra jump in his step of late. He had amassed 27 points and 21 rebounds in consecutive road wins at the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State and turned it on again Saturday.

"It was just a very good game by the big fella," Seattle coach Nate McMillan said. "He played well last night for us. You know he's looked a little more alive the last two nights."

Despite playing in back-to-back games on his 38-year-old knees, Ewing scored 13 points after the half and 11 in the third quarter, when the Sonics outscored the Nets, 33-19, to take an 82-76 lead.

"We were all a little tired," Ewing admitted after playing his fourth game in five days. "But we kept our focus and were able to stay mentally tough and come out with the win. I think I've been doing a pretty good job all year rebounding the basketball. I was rebounding it tonight and then the guys were getting me the ball in good position and then I was making my moves and able to score."

"I thought he was great," Nets coach Byron Scott said of Ewing. "It was the difference in tonight's game. He played a real solid basketball game."

Ruben Patterson scored 21 points and Payton added 17 -- his lowest total since sitting out a 98-93 loss to Minnesota here on January 19 after his shouting match with McMillan.

Seattle's five-game run equals a season high, previously done from December 12-22.

"We're winning, we're executing," Payton said. "We're a better team when (Ewing) plays like that. He's pretty hard to stop."

"Unbelievable," Patterson said of Ewing's performance. "I wish he'd be like that every night. But Patrick can still play."

Stephon Marbury had 29 points, nine assists and no turnovers in 38 minutes for the Nets, who have lost five in a row and slipped to 0-4 on their current five-game road trip.

"(Marbury's) got the ball in his hands 80 or 90 percent of the time," Payton said of his fellow point guard. "It's hard to stop him. You've got to contain him."

"I don't like losing regardless of how we came out and played," Marbury said. "There are no moral victories. We did everything we were supposed to do in the game but we just didn't come up with the victory."

Seattle avenged an embarrasing 126-91 loss at New Jersey on November 11.

Brent Barry also scored 17 points for Seattle, which made half its 72 shots, held a commanding 52-38 advantage on the boards against the undersized Nets and overcame 19 turnovers. The Sonics trailed 57-49 at the half before overtaking New Jersey for good in the third period.

Ewing opened the second-half scoring with a free throw and scored off a feed from Payton before Patterson's free throw shaved the deficit to 57-53 with 10:30 left in the third quarter.

Patterson added a pair baskets around a 3-pointer by Barry as the Sonics went in front, 60-59, with 8:20 remaining in the period. Lucious Harris and Patterson exchanged free throws before the Nets went ahead to stay.

Patterson, who scored 14 third-quarter points, continued his personal outburst with a three-point play and a layup, making it 66-61 midway through the period. Ewing made four free throws and a basket to stretch the margin to 75-67 with 2:53 remaining in the third quarter.

"Ruben has been doing a fantastic job od scoring down the stretch and also making good defensive plays," Ewing said.

Ewing's layup sparked a 5-0 spurt to start the fourth quarter, giving Seattle an 87-76 cushion with 9:52 to play. Seattle built a 12-point lead only to watch New Jersey storm back behind Marbury.

The 6-2 point guard made two free throws and buried a 26-footer as the Nets pulled within 96-94 with 1:58 to play. But Payton answered immediately, hitting a 3-pointer of his own and a free throw to give Seattle a 100-95 advantage with 1:14 to go.

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