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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- WASHINGTON 26 22 21 34 103 SEATTLE 23 24 28 23 98 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: WAS - TYRONN LUE 26, RICHARD HAMILTON 25, COURTNEY ALEXANDER 15 SEA - BRENT BARRY 31, GARY PAYTON 29, DESMOND MASON 17

HIGH REBOUND: WAS - TYRONE NESBY 8, CHRISTIAN LAETTNER 7, JAHIDI WHITE 7 SEA - DESMOND MASON 9, ART LONG 5, PREDRAG DROBNJAK 5

HIGH ASSISTS: WAS - TYRONN LUE 6, CHRIS WHITNEY 5, CHRISTIAN LAETTNER 3 SEA - GARY PAYTON 9, DESMOND MASON 4, SHAMMOND WILLIAMS 3

ATT: 17,072


Extended Box

WASHINGTON (103) AT SEATTLE (98)

WASHINGTON

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

R HAMILTON F 39 9-22 6-7 1 2 3 0 3 0 3 25 C LAETTNER F 34 5-11 2-2 2 5 7 3 4 1 3 12 J WHITE C 18 0-4 2-2 3 4 7 0 2 0 1 2 C ALEXANDER G 39 7-13 1-2 3 3 6 2 4 0 1 15 C WHITNEY G 18 3-8 1-1 0 2 2 5 3 0 0 8 T LUE 32 9-13 3-3 2 1 3 6 6 2 0 26 B HAYWOOD 11 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 2 0 K BROWN 8 1-4 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 T NESBY 26 3-4 1-2 2 6 8 2 4 1 0 7 P JONES 14 3-6 0-0 3 0 3 2 2 1 0 6 H DAVIS 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 E THOMAS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 40-86 16-19 16 25 41 21 28 5 10 103 (.465) (.842) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 10 (10 PTS)

SEATTLE

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

R LEWIS F 19 0-4 4-4 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 4 A LONG F 27 2-6 0-0 2 3 5 1 6 0 2 4 J JAMES C 22 1-3 0-0 0 4 4 0 5 2 3 2 B BARRY G 38 9-12 9-10 0 2 2 2 2 1 1 31 G PAYTON G 45 11-23 7-9 0 3 3 9 2 0 3 29 D MASON 41 5-10 6-8 2 7 9 4 3 0 0 17 S WILLIAMS 20 2-6 2-2 0 2 2 3 1 0 0 7 P DOBNJAK 14 0-6 0-0 3 2 5 1 2 1 1 0 R LIVINGSTON 2 0-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 O OYEDEJI 12 1-1 2-2 2 1 3 0 3 2 1 4 V RADMANOVIC DNP - SPRAINED BIG TOE RI

TOTALS 240 31-73 30-35 10 25 35 22 25 6 11 98 (.425) (.857) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 11 (16 PTS)

WASHINGTON 26 22 21 34 - 103 SEATTLE 23 24 28 23 - 98

BLOCKED SHOTS: WASHINGTON - J WHITE 2, K BROWN 2. SEATTLE - S WILLIAMS, R LEWIS, J JAMES. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: WASHINGTON 7-13 (.538), R HAMILTON 1-4, C WHITNEY 1- 4, T LUE 5-5. SEATTLE 6-10 (.600), R LEWIS 0-1, B BARRY 4-5, D MASON 1- 1, S WILLIAMS 1-3. TECHNICAL FOULS: NONE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JACK NIES, LEROY RICHARDSON. A - 17,072. T - 2:20.


Box Score

WASHINGTON (103)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp R Hamilton 39 9-22 6-7 1-3 0 3 25 C Laettner 34 5-11 2-2 2-7 3 4 12 J White 18 0-4 2-2 3-7 0 2 2 C Alexander 39 7-13 1-2 3-6 2 4 15 C Whitney 18 3-8 1-1 0-2 5 3 8 T Lue 32 9-13 3-3 2-3 6 6 26 B Haywood 11 0-1 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 K Brown 8 1-4 0-0 0-0 1 0 2 T Nesby 26 3-4 1-2 2-8 2 4 7 P Jones 14 3-6 0-0 3-3 2 2 6 H Davis 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 E Thomas DNP - COACH'S DECISION

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-86 16-19 16-41 21 28 103 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.465, FT-.842. 3-Point Goals: 7-13, .538 (R Hamilton 1-4, C Whitney 1-4, T Lue 5-5). Team Rebounds: 9. Blocked Shots:4 (J White 2, K Brown 2). Turnovers:10 (C Laettner 3, R Hamilton 3, B Haywood 2, J White, C Alexander). Steals: 5 (T Lue 2, P Jones, T Nesby, C Laettner).

SEATTLE (98)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp R Lewis 19 0-4 4-4 0-1 2 1 4 A Long 27 2-6 0-0 2-5 1 6 4 J James 22 1-3 0-0 0-4 0 5 2 B Barry 38 9-12 9-10 0-2 2 2 31 G Payton 45 11-23 7-9 0-3 9 2 29 D Mason 41 5-10 6-8 2-9 4 3 17 S Williams 20 2-6 2-2 0-2 3 1 7 P Dobnjak 14 0-6 0-0 3-5 1 2 0 R Livingston 2 0-2 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 O Oyedeji 12 1-1 2-2 2-3 0 3 4 V Radmanovic DNP - SPRAINED BIG TOE RI

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-73 30-35 10-35 22 25 98 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.425, FT-.857. 3-Point Goals: 6-10, .600 (R Lewis 0-1, B Barry 4-5, D Mason 1-1, S Williams 1-3). Team Rebounds: 11. Blocked Shots:3 (S Williams, R Lewis, J James). Turnovers:11 (G Payton 3, J James 3, A Long 2, B Barry, O Oyedeji, P Dobnjak). Steals: 6 (J James 2, O Oyedeji 2, B Barry, P Dobnjak).

-------------------------------------------- WASHINGTON 26 22 21 34 - 103 SEATTLE 23 24 28 23 - 98 --------------------------------------------

Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,072. T: 2:20. Officials: Jack Nies, Leroy Richardson.


Game Story

SEATTLE (Ticker) -- Tyronn Lue scored a career-high 26 points and Christian Laettner sparked a late-fourth quarter rally as the Washington Wizards rallied for an 103-98 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics, snapping a five-game losing streak.

Lue, who was excellent defensively for the Los Angeles Lakers in last season's NBA Finals, signed as a free agent and entered Friday's game averaging 7.6 points. His career best was 23 points against Indiana on December 27.

Seattle coach Nate McMillan termed Lue's performance "Jordan-type numbers" but also felt his team's defense made it too easy for the defensive-minded guard.

"Basically, it was too easy for him to scored the way he did -- 9-for-13 and five threes," McMillan said. "If the guy's shooting that hot, we have to understand. We knew he was aggressive once he came into the game and he's a little different than (Chris Whitney). We didn't contain him and we didn't control him at all."

"I got going pretty early," Lue said. "I got into a rhythm pretty early in the game. I got good looks at the basket, so I just started taking them and got into a good rhythm."

The Wizards trailed, 82-73, with 8:39 left and appeared on their way to an eighth loss in 10 games since superstar Michael Jordan opted for arthroscopic knee surgery. But Lue stepped up, making 9-of-13 shots, including 5-of-5 from 3-point range.

Three of those 3-pointers came in the fourth period. The last one pulled the Wizards within 91-90 with four minutes remaining and shortly thereafter Washington went ahead for good, 96-95, on a short jumper by Laettner with 1:43 left.

Laettner was big on both ends, battling for position and diving for loose balls as the Wizards staved off Seattle's late charge.

His biggest play of the game came with under a minute left, when Seattle's Art Long blew an easy layup with Washington leading, 100-95. Laettner beat a pair of Sonics to the rebound.

Seattle's Brent Barry, who matched his career high with 31 points, made 1-of-2 and the 85 percent foul shooter had made his first nine foul shots before the big miss.

Washington was clinging to a 101-98 lead with nine seconds left when Richard Hamilton received the inbounds pass and called timeout before being forced out of bounds.

Hamilton scored 25 points for the Wizards shot 46.5 percent (40-of-86).

"We really hustled and I'm glad we got a win," Collins said. "We have been playing so hard, other than the Clipper game. Our last five losses, we had a chance to win. It was great to see the guys be able to pull through tonight and win it at the end. We definitely needed this.

"The spirit in the locker room is great. They've been working hard and to see them rewarded on the road like this is great. We had a really good practice yesterday and I really believe that it really paid off today."

Brent Barry matched a career high with 31 points and Gary Payton added 29 for Seattle, which lost its second consecutive game by falling apart in the fourth quarter. On Tuesday in Houston, the Sonics allowed the Rockets to go on a 13-0 run and eventually lost, 101-98.

Seattle, which is just one-half game in front of eighth-place Utah in the Western Conference, has lost three consecutive games for the first time since January 29-February 2.

"We were in position tonight to win this game," said McMillan, whose team was beaten on the boards, 41-35. "We didn't make the plays going down the stretch to win this game. Defensively, we didn't get any stops. When we did, we didn't box out and rebound."

Seattle played the second half without forward Rashard Lewis, who suffered a strained left shoulder with 2:45 left in the first half when he collided with teammate Jerome James. Lewis will undergo an MRI Saturday while the Sonics travel to Los Angeles to face the Clippers.

Washington reached 30 wins for the first time since going 44-38 in 1996-97 and is in ninth place in the Eastern Conference, 1 1/2 games behind the Charlotte Hornets.

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