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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     SEATTLE          18   23   27   29    97   
     HOUSTON          17   18   22   23    80      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   SEA - RASHARD LEWIS 22, VLADIMIR RADMANOVIC 
                      19, VITALY POTAPENKO 17
                HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 15, JIMMY JACKSON 14, YAO 
                      MING 14

HIGH REBOUND:   SEA - VLADIMIR RADMANOVIC 11, VITALY POTAPENKO
                      6, LUKE RIDNOUR 6
                HOU - KELVIN CATO 11, MAURICE TAYLOR 7, THREE 
                      PLAYERS WITH 5

HIGH ASSISTS:   SEA - RAY ALLEN 7, ANTONIO DANIELS 7, RASHARD 
                      LEWIS 4
                HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 7, YAO MING 2, FIVE 
                      PLAYERS WITH 1

         ATT:   15,379

Box Score

SEATTLE (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp R Evans 13 0-0 0-0 1-5 2 2 0 R Lewis 39 7-15 7-9 2-4 4 3 22 V Potapenko 27 6-11 5-7 3-6 2 5 17 A Daniels 31 3-7 2-2 1-1 7 1 9 R Allen 43 6-15 0-0 0-5 7 1 14 V Radmanovic 32 7-9 2-2 1-11 2 3 19 R Murray 8 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 J James 19 2-5 0-0 1-4 1 5 4 L Ridnour 18 1-3 2-2 0-6 1 2 4 A Sesay 9 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 0 3 R Frahm 1 1-1 3-3 0-0 0 0 5 C Booth DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-71 21-25 9-42 27 22 97 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.479, FT-.840. 3-Point Goals: 8-15, .533 (R Lewis 1-2, A Daniels 1-2, R Allen 2-5, V Radmanovic 3-3, L Ridnour 0-1, A Sesay 1-2). Team Rebounds: 3. Blocked Shots:2 (R Allen, A Daniels). Turnovers:11 (V Potapenko 3, R Allen 2, R Lewis 2, J James 2, A Sesay, R Murray). Steals: 1 (R Lewis). HOUSTON (80) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp J Jackson 45 4-12 3-5 0-2 1 3 14 K Cato 21 4-5 3-4 5-11 1 4 11 Y Ming 30 2-9 10-10 1-5 2 2 14 S Francis 40 4-18 6-6 2-5 7 4 15 C Mobley 39 3-11 2-2 1-5 1 2 9 M Taylor 31 5-9 0-0 2-7 1 3 10 C Weatherspoon 10 1-2 0-2 0-2 0 2 2 E Piatkowski 7 1-5 0-0 0-2 0 1 3 M Jackson 17 1-2 0-0 0-1 1 5 2 A Griffin DNP - COACH'S DECISION S Padgett DNP - COACH'S DECISION B Nachbar DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 25-73 24-29 11-40 14 26 80 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.342, FT-.828. 3-Point Goals: 6-26, .231 (J Jackson 3-9, S Francis 1-7, C Mobley 1-5, E Piatkowski 1-4, M Jackson 0-1). Team Rebounds: 9. Blocked Shots:5 (Y Ming 2, C Weatherspoon, J Jackson, S Francis). Turnovers:11 (C Mobley 3, S Francis 3, J Jackson 2, Y Ming 2, M Taylor). Steals: 7 (J Jackson 2, M Jackson, M Taylor, K Cato, C Mobley, S Francis). ------------------------------------------- SEATTLE 18 23 27 29 - 97 HOUSTON 17 18 22 23 - 80 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Seattle - 2 (Defensive Three, 2:48 2nd; Defensive Three, 7:53 2nd). Flagrant fouls: Houston 1 (M Taylor, 5:14 4th). Seattle 1 (V Potapenko, 11:07 4th). A: 15,379. T: 2:14.


Extended Box

SEATTLE (97) AT HOUSTON (80) SEATTLE REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === R EVANS F 13 0-0 0-0 1 4 5 2 2 0 0 0 R LEWIS F 39 7-15 7-9 2 2 4 4 3 1 2 22 V POTAPENKO C 27 6-11 5-7 3 3 6 2 5 0 3 17 A DANIELS G 31 3-7 2-2 1 0 1 7 1 0 0 9 R ALLEN G 43 6-15 0-0 0 5 5 7 1 0 2 14 V RADMANOVIC 32 7-9 2-2 1 10 11 2 3 0 0 19 R MURRAY 8 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 J JAMES 19 2-5 0-0 1 3 4 1 5 0 2 4 L RIDNOUR 18 1-3 2-2 0 6 6 1 2 0 0 4 A SESAY 9 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 R FRAHM 1 1-1 3-3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 C BOOTH DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 34-71 21-25 9 33 42 27 22 1 11 97 (.479) (.840) TEAM REBS: 3 TOTAL TO: 13 (14 PTS) HOUSTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === J JACKSON F 45 4-12 3-5 0 2 2 1 3 2 2 14 K CATO F 21 4-5 3-4 5 6 11 1 4 1 0 11 Y MING C 30 2-9 10-10 1 4 5 2 2 0 2 14 S FRANCIS G 40 4-18 6-6 2 3 5 7 4 1 3 15 C MOBLEY G 39 3-11 2-2 1 4 5 1 2 1 3 9 M TAYLOR 31 5-9 0-0 2 5 7 1 3 1 1 10 C WEATHERSPOON 10 1-2 0-2 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 2 E PIATKOWSKI 7 1-5 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 3 M JACKSON 17 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 5 1 0 2 A GRIFFIN DNP - COACH'S DECISION S PADGETT DNP - COACH'S DECISION B NACHBAR DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 25-73 24-29 11 29 40 14 26 7 11 80 (.342) (.828) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 11 (13 PTS) SEATTLE 18 23 27 29 - 97 HOUSTON 17 18 22 23 - 80 BLOCKED SHOTS: SEATTLE - R ALLEN, A DANIELS. HOUSTON - Y MING 2, C WEATHERSPOON, J JACKSON, S FRANCIS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SEATTLE 8-15 (.533), R LEWIS 1-2, A DANIELS 1-2, R ALLEN 2-5, V RADMANOVIC 3-3, L RIDNOUR 0-1, A SESAY 1-2. HOUSTON 6- 26 (.231), J JACKSON 3-9, S FRANCIS 1-7, C MOBLEY 1-5, E PIATKOWSKI 1- 4, M JACKSON 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: SEATTLE - DEFENSIVE THREE 2. FLAGRANT FOULS: HOUSTON 1 (M TAYLOR, 5:14 4TH). SEATTLE 1 (V POTAPENKO, 11:07 4TH). A - 15,379. T - 2:14.


Game Story

HOUSTON (Ticker) -- Seattle SuperSonics forward Rashard Lewis wasn't exactly given the hometown hero's welcome. He responded with some rude treatment of the Houston Rockets. Lewis shook off a flagrant foul and scored 12 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter to lift the SuperSonics to a 97-80 victory over the Rockets that snapped a three-game losing streak. Lewis entered the NBA directly out of Alief-Elsik High School in Houston in 1998. Just 24, he has become one of the best players on the SuperSonics, averaging 18.6 points and 6.9 rebounds while improving his scoring average in each of his first five seasons. With his mother in attendance, Lewis was hacked from behind and knocked to the floor by Rockets forward Maurice Taylor, who was called for a flagrant foul. Lewis kept his cool and sank both free throws, giving Seattle a 73-71 lead with 5:14 left and starting a 12-0 run. "I got more aggressive after the flagrant foul was called," Lewis said. "That woke me up a bit and (ticked) me off. Taylor's foul really made me mad, so I started going to the hole to see what they would do." "I thought a flagrant foul was if you didn't go for the ball and you tried to hurt someone," Taylor said. "The refs are under a lot of pressure to make the 'right' call, though. If that's what it took to fire them up, that's (garbage)." On the ensuing possession, Ray Allen drilled a 3-pointer. Lewis added a free throw, passed out of a double-team to find Vladimir Radmanovic for a 3-pointer that beat the shot clock and capped the burst with a ferocious dunk, drawing a foul. The free throw made it 83-71 with 3:01 to play. "As a unit, we recognized the mismatch," Sonics coach Nate McMillan said. "They had (Kelvin) Cato and Taylor on Rashard, and our guys recognized that mismatch and we took advantage of it. We exploited it down the stretch." "I don't think it's a secret we've had trouble all year when we play against mobile (power forwards)," Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "They went smaller and we have trouble guarding the dribble and the pick-and-roll and it leads to having to overcompensate with help, and that opens up the 3-point line and also second shots. It's been our problem all year." Lewis provided an exclamation point with a 3-pointer that made it 88-75 with 1:27 to go. "It's always exciting to play in front of your friends and family," Lewis said. "We're staying in Houston tonight, so I'm going home. Mom's cooking right now, and I'm ready to go home and eat!" Radmanovic had 19 points and 11 rebounds and Vitaly Potapenko scored 17 points for Seattle, which shot 48 percent (34-of-71), including 8-of-15 from the arc. "Houston just doesn't know how to play against us," radmanovic said. "We have a lot of big guys to match up against them and we also hit the outside shot." Steve Francis scored 15 points on just 4-of-18 shooting for the Rockets, who shot 34 percent (25-of-73) and fell to 0-3 against the Sonics this season. Houston center Yao Ming picked up two quick fouls and took an early seat on the bench. Francis was 0-of-7 in the first half, which ended with Seattle holding a 41-35 lead. "We keep saying we're a young team and we really have to work on some things," Yao said through an interpreter after scoring 14 points. "We have to mature sooner or later. We can't keep making excuses; we should be better." The Rockets opened the fourth quarter with a 14-3 run to tie it, but ran out of steam. They were upset with Seattle rookie Richie Frahm, who went in for an uncontested layup in the final seconds instead of dribbling out the clock, drawing a foul from Taylor. "He knows that wasn't right," Taylor said. "We'll set him straight the next game." "That was disrespectful," Rockets swingman Jim Jackson said. "That's something that you don't do in this league. If that was me, I would have fouled him a lot harder."


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