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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SEATTLE 32 30 24 23 109 CLEVELAND 30 26 17 16 89 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: SEA - GARY PAYTON 25, BRENT BARRY 16, DESMOND MASON 16 CLE - WESLEY PERSON 22, ZYDRUNAS ILGAUSKAS 16, LAMOND MURRAY 12

HIGH REBOUND: SEA - BRENT BARRY 8, GARY PAYTON 6, VLADIMIR RADMANOVIC 6 CLE - ZYDRUNAS ILGAUSKAS 7, ANDRE MILLER 6, THREE PLAYERS WITH 4

HIGH ASSISTS: SEA - BRENT BARRY 11, GARY PAYTON 8, EARL WATSON 4 CLE - RICKY DAVIS 9, ANDRE MILLER 9, WESLEY PERSON 2

ATT: 10,951


Extended Box

SEATTLE (109) AT CLEVELAND (89)

SEATTLE

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

R LEWIS F 23 4-9 2-2 1 0 1 0 3 0 2 12 V RADMANOVIC F 31 3-8 2-2 2 4 6 2 3 1 0 9 J JAMES C 19 3-6 2-2 3 2 5 0 4 2 3 8 B BARRY G 37 5-8 2-2 1 7 8 11 2 1 3 16 G PAYTON G 32 11-16 2-3 3 3 6 8 2 3 2 25 P DOBNJAK 25 7-14 1-1 0 2 2 0 3 1 2 15 D MASON 33 5-10 6-8 1 4 5 3 2 0 2 16 E WATSON 23 2-6 0-0 0 1 1 4 0 2 1 4 A LONG 11 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 0 3 1 0 0 S WILLIAMS 3 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 O OYEDEJI 3 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2

TOTALS 240 42-82 17-20 11 25 36 29 24 11 15 109 (.512) (.850) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 15 (12 PTS)

CLEVELAND

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

L MURRAY F 32 5-13 2-2 1 0 1 0 2 1 3 12 T HILL F 19 1-2 3-5 0 1 1 0 4 0 1 5 D DIOP C 8 2-2 1-1 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 5 A MILLER G 36 4-9 1-2 1 5 6 9 3 1 3 9 W PERSON G 36 9-15 0-0 1 3 4 2 1 2 1 22 R DAVIS 31 4-11 2-2 1 3 4 9 2 0 1 10 M DOLEAC 5 0-0 4-4 3 0 3 0 3 0 3 4 Z ILGAUSKAS 28 4-7 8-10 3 4 7 0 3 0 5 16 J JONES 21 2-3 0-0 0 4 4 1 1 1 1 4 B SKINNER 8 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 B STITH 9 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 T LANGDON 7 0-3 2-2 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 2

TOTALS 240 31-67 23-28 11 22 33 23 20 6 21 89 (.463) (.821) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 21 (24 PTS)

SEATTLE 32 30 24 23 - 109 CLEVELAND 30 26 17 16 - 89

BLOCKED SHOTS: SEATTLE - R LEWIS. CLEVELAND - W PERSON, Z ILGAUSKAS, B SKINNER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SEATTLE 8-16 (.500), R LEWIS 2-5, V RADMANOVIC 1- 3, B BARRY 4-5, G PAYTON 1-2, E WATSON 0-1. CLEVELAND 4-16 (.250), L MURRAY 0-3, A MILLER 0-1, W PERSON 4-8, J JONES 0-1, B STITH 0- 1, T LANGDON 0-2. TECHNICAL FOULS: CLEVELAND - T HILL, DEFENSIVE THREE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: RODNEY MOTT, TED BERNHARDT, TONY BROTHERS. A - 10,951. T - 2:02.


Box Score

SEATTLE (109)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp R Lewis 23 4-9 2-2 1-1 0 3 12 V Radmanovic 31 3-8 2-2 2-6 2 3 9 J James 19 3-6 2-2 3-5 0 4 8 B Barry 37 5-8 2-2 1-8 11 2 16 G Payton 32 11-16 2-3 3-6 8 2 25 P Dobnjak 25 7-14 1-1 0-2 0 3 15 D Mason 33 5-10 6-8 1-5 3 2 16 E Watson 23 2-6 0-0 0-1 4 0 4 A Long 11 0-0 0-0 0-2 0 3 0 S Williams 3 1-3 0-0 0-0 1 0 2 O Oyedeji 3 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 2 2

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-82 17-20 11-36 29 24 109 _____________________________________________________

Percentage: FG-.512, FT-.850. 3-Point Goals: 8-16, .500 (R Lewis 2-5, V Radmanovic 1-3, B Barry 4-5, G Payton 1-2, E Watson 0-1). Team Rebounds: 0. Blocked Shots: (R Lewis). Turnovers: (B Barry 3, J James 3, G Payton 2, D Mason 2, P Dobnjak 2, R Lewis 2, E Watson). Steal: 11 (G Payton 3, J James 2, E Watson 2, B Barry, A Long, P Dobnjak, V Radmanovic). CLEVELAND (89)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Murray 32 5-13 2-2 1-1 0 2 12 T Hill 19 1-2 3-5 0-1 0 4 5 D Diop 8 2-2 1-1 0-1 1 1 5 A Miller 36 4-9 1-2 1-6 9 3 9 W Person 36 9-15 0-0 1-4 2 1 22 R Davis 31 4-11 2-2 1-4 9 2 10 M Doleac 5 0-0 4-4 3-3 0 3 4 Z Ilgauskas 28 4-7 8-10 3-7 0 3 16 J Jones 21 2-3 0-0 0-4 1 1 4 B Skinner 8 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 B Stith 9 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 T Langdon 7 0-3 2-2 0-0 1 0 2

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-67 23-28 11-33 23 20 89 _____________________________________________________

Percentage: FG-.463, FT-.821. 3-Point Goals: 4-16, .250 (L Murray 0-3, A Miller 0-1, W Person 4-8, J Jones 0-1, B Stith 0-1, T Langdon 0-2). Team Rebounds: 0. Blocked Shots: (W Person, Z Ilgauskas, B Skinner). Turnovers: (Z Ilgauskas 5, L Murray 3, A Miller 3, M Doleac 3, B Stith 2, W Person, T Hill, T Langdon, J Jones, R Davis). Steal: 6 (W Person 2, B Stith, L Murray, A Miller, J Jones).

-------------------------------------------- SEATTLE 32 30 24 23 - 109 CLEVELAND 30 26 17 16 - 89 --------------------------------------------

Technical fouls: Cleveland - (T Hill, 8:05 1st; Defensive Three, 11:25 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 10,951. T: 2:02. Officials: Rodney Mott, Ted Bernhardt, Tony Brothers.


Game Story

CLEVELAND (Ticker) -- This time, Gary Payton did not wait until the last second to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Payton scored 25 points and the Seattle SuperSonics never trailed en route to their 14th straight victory over the Cavaliers, 109-89.

"I'm the only guy who's been around for all 14 wins over Cleveland," said Payton, the elder statesman on a young team. "A lot of the guys are new and they don't remember."

Many of Payton's teammates were not even aware of the streak.

"I hadn't heard about the streak," guard Desmond Mason said. "This is only my second time in Cleveland. It's new to me but it feels good."

"I never knew about the streak," forward Rashard Lewis said. "I've only been in the league three years."

On January 11, Payton made a 20-footer with nine-tenths of a second remaining, giving Seattle a 102-100 triumph over Cleveland. This one was not nearly as close as Payton made 11-of-16 shots and added eight assists.

"We wanted to jump out early," he said. "We wanted to make it easy and we did a good job.

Payton was surprised that the Cavaliers chose to play him straight up.

"Most teams double-team me, but the Cavs didn't do that tonight," he said. "It's been a long time since I wasn't doubled. The Cavs double-teamed me in Seattle and I don't know why they didn't do it tonight. We had a lot of easy pick-and-rolls, a lot of free range and we were getting a lot of easy looks."

Payton scored 16 points as Seattle opened a 62-56 halftime lead. He added nine points in the third quarter as the Sonics widened the advantage to 86-73 entering the final period.

The perennial All-Star sat down for good early in the fourth quarter and Seattle pulled away, remaining unbeaten against Cleveland since November 27, 1993. It is 7-0 in Gund Arena during that span.

Brent Barry had 16 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds and Mason scored 16 points for the Sonics, who have won three in a row and six of seven. Seattle shot 51 percent (42-of-82) from the field en route to its seventh straight road win.

"It's a sign of a great team and I think this is a team that stays focused," Payton said. "On the road, we concentrate more on basketball. I think we have to revert to that back home. We're in a good flow right now."

"I think the guys' concentration and focus have been here on the road and you need that," Sonics coach Nate McMillan said. "We're playing solid basketball at both ends of the floor and we seem to be comfortable. We don't seem to be as tense as we are at home."

Wesley Person scored 22 points for the Cavaliers, who had won six of their last eight games.

"I personally thought we were very flat tonight," Cavs coach John Lucas said. "I didn't like our game at all. We had mismatches that favored them, but I didn't like our game."

Both teams shot a blistering 62 percent from the field in the first half. Seattle made 23-of-37 shots and Cleveland hit 20-of-32.

A 3-pointer by Person cut the deficit to 65-62 early in the third quarter, but the Sonics responded with eight straight points. Rashard Lewis had a tip-in before Barry hit a 3-pointer and converted a three-point play for a 73-62 lead with 7:23 remaining.

Payton sat down midway through a 9-2 burst that opened the fourth quarter and gave the Sonics a 95-75 advantage.

Rookie Predrag Drobnjak scored 15 points off the bench and Lewis added 12 for the Sonics.

Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 16 points off the bench for the Cavs, who shot 46 percent (31-of-67) and committed 21 turnovers.

Cavs rookie teenage 7-footer DeSagana Diop made his first career start, collecting five points and one rebound in eight minutes.

"It was cool," Diop said. "I just went out and played hard and did the best I could when I was out there. I feel I am in better shape. My legs are feeling better. I wasn't even nervous."

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