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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CLEVELAND 21 28 27 24 100 SEATTLE 34 23 25 20 102 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: CLE - WESLEY PERSON 24, JUMAINE JONES 23, LAMOND MURRAY 18 SEA - VIN BAKER 32, RASHARD LEWIS 27, GARY PAYTON 24

HIGH REBOUND: CLE - JUMAINE JONES 9, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6 SEA - RASHARD LEWIS 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6

HIGH ASSISTS: CLE - ANDRE MILLER 10, RICKY DAVIS 4 SEA - GARY PAYTON 15, BRENT BARRY 5

ATT: 17,072


Extended Box

CLEVELAND (100) AT SEATTLE (102)

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

JONES F 38 10-17 0-0 3 6 9 3 0 1 2 23 MURRAY F 32 7-16 0-0 1 4 5 2 3 0 3 18 MIHM C 27 2-6 1-1 2 4 6 0 5 0 1 5 MILLER G 35 6-13 0-0 2 4 6 10 5 0 2 13 PERSON G 39 9-12 0-0 1 0 1 2 0 2 1 24 ILGAUSKAS 24 3-10 0-0 1 3 4 1 3 0 1 6 COLES 14 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 3 1 0 0 0 DAVIS 21 2-6 0-1 2 1 3 4 0 1 2 4 STITH 4 2-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 4 SKINNER 6 1-2 1-2 1 0 1 0 1 2 0 3 DIOP DNP - COACH'S DECISION TREPAGNIER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 42-85 2-4 13 23 36 25 20 6 13 100 (.494) (.500) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 13(17 PTS)

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

BAKER F 37 12-17 8-11 1 4 5 1 2 1 4 32 LEWIS F 40 9-14 3-4 4 3 7 1 1 2 2 27 LONG C 20 1-4 0-0 0 6 6 0 0 0 0 2 B BARRY G 37 1-3 1-1 0 3 3 5 0 1 0 4 PAYTON G 44 10-22 3-4 0 3 3 15 1 3 2 24 MASON 29 3-8 0-0 3 3 6 0 1 0 0 6 WATSON 14 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 2 4 0 1 0 DROBNJAK 5 0-2 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 RADMANOVIC 14 2-4 2-2 0 1 1 0 3 0 1 7 JAMES DNP - COACH'S DECISION OYEDEJI DNP - COACH'S DECISION S WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-74 17-22 10 24 34 24 12 7 11 102 (.514) (.773) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 11(10 PTS)

CLEVELAND 21 28 27 24 - 100 SEATTLE 34 23 25 20 - 102

BLOCKED SHOTS: CLEVELAND - MIHM 3, ILGAUSKAS 2, JONES. SEATTLE - BAKER 3, B BARRY, PAYTON, LEWIS, RADMANOVIC, LONG. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CLEVELAND 14-23 (.609), JONES 3-5, MURRAY 4-8, MILLER 1-2, PERSON 6-8. SEATTLE 9-14 (.643), LEWIS 6-8, B BARRY 1-2, PAYTON 1-3, RADMANOVIC 1-1. TECHNICALS: CLEVELAND - DEFENSIVE THREE. OFFICIALS: JOE CRAWFORD, LEROY RICHARDSON, PAT FRAHER. A - 17,072. T - 2:08.


Box Score

CLEVELAND (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Jones 38 10-17 0-0 3-9 3 0 23 Murray 32 7-16 0-0 1-5 2 3 18 Mihm 27 2-6 1-1 2-6 0 5 5 Miller 35 6-13 0-0 2-6 10 5 13 Person 39 9-12 0-0 1-1 2 0 24 Ilgauskas 24 3-10 0-0 1-4 1 3 6 Coles 14 0-1 0-0 0-1 3 1 0 Davis 21 2-6 0-1 2-3 4 0 4 Stith 4 2-2 0-0 0-0 0 2 4 Skinner 6 1-2 1-2 1-1 0 1 3 Diop DNP - coach's decision Trepagnier DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-85 2-4 13-36 25 20 100 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.494, FT-.500. 3-Point Goals: 14-23, .609 (Jones 3-5, Murray 4-8, Miller 1-2, Person 6-8). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 6 (Mihm 3, Ilgauskas 2, Jones). Turnovers: 13 (Murray 3, Davis 2, Jones 2, Miller 2, Ilgauskas, Mihm, Person, Stith). Steals: 6 (Person 2, Skinner 2, Davis, Jones).

SEATTLE (102) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Baker 37 12-17 8-11 1-5 1 2 32 Lewis 40 9-14 3-4 4-7 1 1 27 Long 20 1-4 0-0 0-6 0 0 2 B Barry 37 1-3 1-1 0-3 5 0 4 Payton 44 10-22 3-4 0-3 15 1 24 Mason 29 3-8 0-0 3-6 0 1 6 Watson 14 0-0 0-0 1-1 2 4 0 Drobnjak 5 0-2 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 Radmanovic 14 2-4 2-2 0-1 0 3 7 James DNP - coach's decision Oyedeji DNP - coach's decision S Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-74 17-22 10-34 24 12 102 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.514, FT-.773. 3-Point Goals: 9-14, .643 (Lewis 6-8, B Barry 1-2, Payton 1-3, Radmanovic 1-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 8 (Baker 3, B Barry, Payton, Lewis, Radmanovic, Long). Turnovers: 11 (Baker 4, Lewis 2, Payton 2, Drobnjak, Radmanovic, Watson). Steals: 7 (Payton 3, Lewis 2, B Barry, Baker). ____________________________________________ Cleveland 21 28 27 24 - 100 Seattle 34 23 25 20 - 102 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Cleveland 1 (Defensive Three, 7:44 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,072. T: 2:08. Officials: Joe Crawford, Leroy Richardson, Pat Fraher.


Game Story

SEATTLE (Ticker) -- Gary Payton's 21-foot jumper with nine-tenths of a second left gave the Seattle SuperSonics a 102-100 victory over the struggling Cleveland Cavaliers.

After Lamond Murray's 3-pointer tied the game, 100-100, with 7.4 seconds remaining, the SuperSonics called timeout before Rashard Lewis took an inbounds pass and fed Payton outside the arc.

With Andre Miller guarding him, Payton moved inside the circle and lofted a high shot that went cleanly through.

"Everybody thought I was going to try to go to the bucket and try to create a foul," Payton said. "I saw (Miller) when he was looking around for help so as soon as he looked around, I pulled up and I nailed the jumper."

"He made a big play," Miller said. "I got a hand up on his shot. I thought he was going to try to drive it or try to force it and get a foul."

The Sonics had a chance to ice the game with 16 seconds left, but Vin Baker hit just 1-of-2 two free throws, setting up Murray's game-tying basket.

Baker scored a season-high 32 points, shooting 12-of-17 from the floor and 8-of-11 from the line.

"They played well but they didn't double-cover me and I was able to get to the basket pretty easy," Baker said. "Once I get going and once I can make some of my baskets early and get them to go down, it's pretty much easy to get into a rhythm."

The Sonics played without coach Nate McMillan, who was visiting his sick mother in North Carolina. Assistant Dwane Casey ran the club in McMillan's absence.

The loss was Cleveland's fifth straight overall and 13th in a row to the Sonics. The Cavaliers have not won in Seattle since March 5, 1991.

Cleveland went to the line just four times, two more than the club's all-time low set on November 26, 1994.

"What more do you need to say?" Cavaliers coach John Lucas said. "We're an outside-shooting team. We are trying to get the ball inside but we don't seem to get to the foul line when we do get the ball in there."

Seattle led 62-53 with 10:24 left in the third quarter before Jumaine Jones and Wesley Person led the Cavs on 10-0 run with five points apiece. Jones scored 23 points and Person had 24.

The Sonics answered with an 11-2 burst that began with a 3-pointer by Lewis with 7:51 remaining. Payton and Baker had four points apiece to make it 73-65 with 4:34 to play.

"We played hard," Payton said. "We let them come back. That was one of the best games I played in a long time."

Seattle led 95-92 with just under five minutes left when Jones hit a 3-pointer from the right corner. The teams traded baskets until Lewis hit a short jumper with 2:20 left, making it 99-97.

Cleveland had a chance to tie the game with just over a minute left, but Person drove the lane and missed a layup. Murray got to the rebound, went up for a shot and was blocked by Baker.

Murray and the rest of the Cavaliers thought there should have been a foul, but play continued.

"I thought the foul was obvious," he said. "I went to the basket hard and tried to dunk the ball and they didn't make a call. So what can I do?"

"There was some missed calls down the stretch that I thought really affected the game," Lucas said.

Murray scored 18 points, including 4-of-8 from behind the arc.

"It's a tough loss, but we have a day to get ready for Portland and go from there," Murray said.

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