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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     SEATTLE          25   33   24   19    101  
     WASHINGTON       28   24   19   24    95      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   SEA - RASHARD LEWIS 37, BRENT BARRY 17, GARY 
                      PAYTON 14
                WAS - MICHAEL JORDAN 27, LARRY HUGHES 19, 
                      JARED JEFFRIES 14

HIGH REBOUND:   SEA - VLADIMIR RADMANOVIC 8, RASHARD LEWIS 7, 
                      DESMOND MASON 5
                WAS - BRYON RUSSELL 8, JARED JEFFRIES 8, 
                      MICHAEL JORDAN 6

HIGH ASSISTS:   SEA - GARY PAYTON 16, BRENT BARRY 6, RASHARD 
                      LEWIS 3
                WAS - JERRY STACKHOUSE 8, BRYON RUSSELL 5, 
                      LARRY HUGHES 5

         ATT:   20,173

Box Score

SEATTLE (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp R Lewis 44 16-19 2-3 0-7 3 2 37 V Radmanovic 31 2-5 2-3 4-8 1 3 6 P Dobnjak 25 6-10 0-0 0-3 0 1 12 B Barry 42 7-12 0-0 1-4 6 2 17 G Payton 42 6-18 2-3 1-4 16 3 14 D Mason 32 4-11 2-4 1-5 2 1 10 C Booth 4 0-0 2-2 0-0 0 1 2 A Sesay 11 1-2 0-0 2-3 0 2 2 R Evans 9 0-1 1-2 2-3 0 2 1 K Anderson DNP - BACK SPASMS J James DNP - PLANTAR FASCITIS J Forte DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-78 11-17 11-37 28 17 101 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.538, FT-.647. 3-Point Goals: 6-13, .462 (R Lewis 3-4, V Radmanovic 0-1, B Barry 3-5, G Payton 0-3). Team Rebounds: 9. Blocked Shots:2 (D Mason, R Evans). Turnovers:13 (V Radmanovic 3, B Barry 2, R Lewis 2, D Mason 2, G Payton, P Dobnjak, R Evans, A Sesay). Steals: 8 (B Barry 2, G Payton 2, V Radmanovic 2, R Lewis, D Mason). WASHINGTON (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp B Russell 40 4-7 0-0 1-8 5 5 10 K Brown 20 2-6 1-2 2-5 1 2 5 B Haywood 10 2-3 0-0 0-0 0 0 4 J Stackhouse 44 6-19 1-3 0-1 8 2 13 L Hughes 42 9-14 1-2 2-4 5 3 19 M Jordan 31 13-22 1-2 1-6 4 1 27 J Jeffries 32 5-8 4-5 3-8 1 1 14 T Lue 15 1-2 1-1 0-0 1 1 3 C Laettner 6 0-1 0-0 1-2 1 1 0 C Oakley DNP - COACH'S DECISION E Thomas DNP - COACH'S DECISION J Dixon DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-82 9-15 10-34 26 16 95 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.512, FT-.600. 3-Point Goals: 2-9, .222 (B Russell 2-5, J Stackhouse 0-3, T Lue 0-1). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:4 (J Stackhouse, M Jordan, B Haywood, K Brown). Turnovers:13 (M Jordan 4, J Stackhouse 2, B Russell 2, L Hughes 2, B Haywood, K Brown, J Jeffries). Steals: 6 (L Hughes 4, B Russell, M Jordan). -------------------------------------------- SEATTLE 25 33 24 19 - 101 WASHINGTON 28 24 19 24 - 95 -------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Seattle - 2 (COACH McMillan, 4:47 1st; C Booth, 11:07 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,173. T: 2:05.


Game Story

WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- Rashard Lewis had a career night against the Washington Wizards, but Brent Barry had the shot of the night. With the Seattle SuperSonics clinging to a two-point lead over the hard-charging Wizards, Barry hit a 3-pointer with eight seconds remaining to close out a 101-95 victory. "From what I am hearing about the three, my coach (Nate McMillan) is saying it was a bad shot," Barry said. "I think it was a one-second difference in the shot clock and I probably could have held the ball and got a foul and went to the free-throw line. It could have been a situation where we could have held onto the ball. We have to know the clock." Lewis, who scored a career-high 37 points on 16-of-19 shooting, dunked with 5:47 remaining to give the Sonics a 90-79 lead. But Washington stormed back behind Michael Jordan, who had 12 of his season-high 27 points in the fourth quarter. Jordan's baseline jumper with three minutes left got the Wizards within 91-90 and, after Lewis missed a hook shot, Jerry Stackhouse was fouled with 2:26 to play. But Stackhouse missed both free throws and Lewis answered with a jumper. "We had an opportunity to go up one and it didn't happen," Stackhouse said. "I can't ask for a better situation at the free-throw line with an opportunity to go up. It just didn't happen tonight. It was a tough night at the office." "He's a 90 percent free-throw shooter and he's the guy that I'd want to be there," Washington coach Doug Collins added. "Tonight he just missed a couple of them. If I had to pick somebody, I'd choose him again." Jordan got Washington within a point with another jumper, but Lewis countered with a basket to make it 95-92 with just over a minute remaining. "Rashard Lewis had the best game of his career tonight," McMillan said. "He showed what he is capable of doing once he learns to play the game and make decisions with the ball. He took advantage of 1-on-1 coverage, and when they double-teamed, he found the guys on their weak side." "The basket felt wide open to me," Lewis said. "I was feeling my jump shot and had a nice flow going. ... Everything was feeling good to me tonight. I was not hesitating at all." The Wizards got no closer than 97-95 on a shot by Jordan from just beyond the foul line with 26 seconds left. "They shot the ball unbelievably," Jordan said. "Lewis was 16-of-19 from the field and all of those layups, the kid shot the lights out tonight. Barry hit a big shot at the end. ... For the effort, you have to give us a good hand, but obviously we put ourselves in a deep hole." "It was a hard-fought game by both teams," McMillan said. "Washington has players that are used to playing in situations like this. Michael and Stack did a good job of bringing those guys back in the two-man game, but our guys did a good job of hanging in there. We made some good plays when we needed to." Barry had 17 points and Gary Payton chipped in 14 and 16 assists for the Sonics, who completed a 3-2 road trip. Larry Hughes had a season-best 19 points and rookie Jared Jeffries had season highs with 14 and eight rebounds for Washington, which had a three-game winning streak snapped. "Jared is great," Collins said. "He played with activity. Jared was in passing lanes, he was deflecting, he was helping us on screen roll and he was getting back to his man. Jared was very good tonight." In a game of runs, Washington used a 17-2 burst midway through the first quarter to take a 22-14 lead. The Wizards led, 44-35, after a 3-pointer by Bryon Russell with 7:07 left in the second quarter before the Sonics responded with a 37-12 burst. They opened their largest lead, 72-56, on a shot from the arc by Lewis with 8:48 to go in the third. Seattle took an 82-71 advantage into the fourth quarter. The Sonics have won four straight games at Washington since a 96-78 loss on December 2, 1997 - the first NBA game at the MCI Center. Both teams shot well. Seattle connected on 54 percent from the floor (42-of-78), while Washington made 51 percent (42-of-82). But the Sonics nailed 6-of-13 3-pointers and the Wizards just 2-of-9. "This is the best shooting team in the NBA," Collins said. "They shot 76 percent in the third quarter. ... I don't know anybody that can come close to shooting as good as this team." "Jordan came up big for them in the second half, knocking down a lot of shots," Lewis said. "But we kept our composure, took our time and executed when we had the run on them."


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