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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      NEW ORLEANS      23   16   17   16    72   
      SEATTLE          25   28   20   24    97      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   NOR - LEE NAILON 15, BOSTJAN NACHBAR 11, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 8
                SEA - RAY ALLEN 32, ANTONIO DANIELS 13, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 10

HIGH REBOUND:   NOR - P.J. BROWN 6, DAVID WEST 5, JACKSON 
                      VROMAN 5
                SEA - NICK COLLISON 10, REGGIE EVANS 7, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 6

HIGH ASSISTS:   NOR - DAN DICKAU 6, LEE NAILON 3, JACKSON 
                      VROMAN 3
                SEA - RAY ALLEN 7, LUKE RIDNOUR 5, ANTONIO 
                      DANIELS 4

         ATT:   17,072

Box Score

NEW ORLEANS (72) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Nailon 28 5-7 5-6 1-4 3 4 15 J Vroman 27 1-3 2-2 0-5 3 2 4 P Brown 28 2-5 3-4 2-6 1 2 7 D Dickau 36 3-10 2-2 0-1 6 2 8 J Smith 37 2-15 3-4 0-4 1 3 7 C Jacobsen 23 3-5 0-0 0-2 1 1 6 D West 21 3-9 1-1 1-5 0 2 8 M Lampe 20 3-5 0-0 2-3 2 2 6 B Nachbar 20 4-11 0-0 1-1 0 3 11 G Lynch DNP - SORE RIGHT KNEE J Magloire DNP - BACK SPASMS C Andersen DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 26-70 16-19 7-31 17 21 72 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.371, FT-.842. 3-Point Goals: 4-10, .400 (D Dickau 0-1, J Smith 0-2, D West 1-1, B Nachbar 3-6). Team Rebounds: 9. Blocked Shots:3 (L Nailon, D West, M Lampe). Turnovers:15 (L Nailon 4, C Jacobsen 2, D Dickau 2, J Vroman 2, B Nachbar 2, P Brown, J Smith, D West). Steals: 4 (P Brown, L Nailon, D West, J Vroman). SEATTLE (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp R Evans 20 2-4 0-0 3-7 0 3 4 R Lewis 34 1-12 3-4 0-4 2 2 6 J James 17 2-6 0-0 3-6 0 2 4 R Allen 39 12-19 4-4 0-0 7 3 32 L Ridnour 25 3-9 3-3 0-4 5 1 10 D Wilkins 13 2-5 1-2 0-1 0 3 5 N Collison 26 3-5 2-4 3-10 1 1 8 A Daniels 23 3-5 6-6 0-2 4 0 13 D Fortson 15 2-3 1-2 2-4 0 3 5 R Murray 25 4-9 0-0 0-6 1 2 10 M Cleaves 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 V Potapenko DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-78 20-25 11-44 21 20 97 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.436, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 9-23, .391 (R Lewis 1-6, R Allen 4-9, L Ridnour 1-2, D Wilkins 0-2, A Daniels 1-1, R Murray 2-3). Team Rebounds: 12. Blocked Shots:7 (J James 2, N Collison 2, D Fortson, R Murray, R Lewis). Turnovers:11 (L Ridnour 3, D Fortson 2, A Daniels 2, R Allen, N Collison, R Lewis, J James). Steals: 7 (R Allen 2, R Lewis 2, J James, R Evans, D Wilkins). ------------------------------------------- NEW ORLEANS 23 16 17 16 - 72 SEATTLE 25 28 20 24 - 97 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: New Orleans - 1 (Defensive Three, 9:27 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,072. T: 2:04. Officials: James Capers, Mike Callahan, Tommy Nunez.


Extended Box

NEW ORLEANS (72) AT SEATTLE (97) NEW ORLEANS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === L NAILON F 28 5-7 5-6 1 3 4 3 4 1 4 15 J VROMAN F 27 1-3 2-2 0 5 5 3 2 1 2 4 P BROWN C 28 2-5 3-4 2 4 6 1 2 1 1 7 D DICKAU G 36 3-10 2-2 0 1 1 6 2 0 2 8 J SMITH G 37 2-15 3-4 0 4 4 1 3 0 1 7 C JACOBSEN 23 3-5 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 0 2 6 D WEST 21 3-9 1-1 1 4 5 0 2 1 1 8 M LAMPE 20 3-5 0-0 2 1 3 2 2 0 0 6 B NACHBAR 20 4-11 0-0 1 0 1 0 3 0 2 11 G LYNCH DNP - SORE RIGHT KNEE J MAGLOIRE DNP - BACK SPASMS C ANDERSEN DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE TOTALS 240 26-70 16-19 7 24 31 17 21 4 15 72 (.371) (.842) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 16 (22 PTS) SEATTLE REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === R EVANS F 20 2-4 0-0 3 4 7 0 3 1 0 4 R LEWIS F 34 1-12 3-4 0 4 4 2 2 2 1 6 J JAMES C 17 2-6 0-0 3 3 6 0 2 1 1 4 R ALLEN G 39 12-19 4-4 0 0 0 7 3 2 1 32 L RIDNOUR G 25 3-9 3-3 0 4 4 5 1 0 3 10 D WILKINS 13 2-5 1-2 0 1 1 0 3 1 0 5 N COLLISON 26 3-5 2-4 3 7 10 1 1 0 1 8 A DANIELS 23 3-5 6-6 0 2 2 4 0 0 2 13 D FORTSON 15 2-3 1-2 2 2 4 0 3 0 2 5 R MURRAY 25 4-9 0-0 0 6 6 1 2 0 0 10 M CLEAVES 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 V POTAPENKO DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 34-78 20-25 11 33 44 21 20 7 11 97 (.436) (.800) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 11 (10 PTS) NEW ORLEANS 23 16 17 16 - 72 SEATTLE 25 28 20 24 - 97 BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW ORLEANS - L NAILON, D WEST, M LAMPE. SEATTLE - J JAMES 2, N COLLISON 2, D FORTSON, R MURRAY, R LEWIS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW ORLEANS 4-10 (.400), D DICKAU 0-1, J SMITH 0- 2, D WEST 1-1, B NACHBAR 3-6. SEATTLE 9-23 (.391), R LEWIS 1-6, R ALLEN 4- 9, L RIDNOUR 1-2, D WILKINS 0-2, A DANIELS 1-1, R MURRAY 2-3. TECHNICAL FOULS: NEW ORLEANS - DEFENSIVE THREE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JAMES CAPERS, MIKE CALLAHAN, TOMMY NUNEZ. A - 17,072. T - 2:04.


Game Story

SEATTLE (Ticker) -- Ray Allen prevented any further worries on the part of the Seattle SuperSonics. Behind 32 points and seven assists from Ray Allen, the SuperSonics locked up the Northwest Division title on their seventh try, coasting to a 97-72 victory over the New Orleans Hornets. Seattle led the division by 9 1/2 games on April 2 and needed just one win to clinch its first crown in seven years. But a six-game losing streak, coupled with second-place Denver's nine-game surge, left the division lead at just three games entering the final home game of the season. The Nuggets won earlier Friday to temporarily trim the advantage to 2 1/2 games. Seattle responded with its biggest margin of victory since December 30. "Congratulations to the Sonics fans who have been waiting for this for a long time," Seattle coach Nate McMillan said. "We worked hard and all we wanted to do was earn this division and not get caught up with what Denver and the rest of these teams were doing." Allen was forced to carry the club in the wake of recent injuries to Rashard Lewis, Antonio Daniels and Danny Fortson. With his teammates healthy and again contributing, Allen remained in charge, leading the Sonics to its first division title since winning the Pacific in 1998. "Before the game, I was determined that I wasn't going to let this game slip," Allen said. "I was going to do what I had to do to do the right thing to make sure that we succeeded." "It's been tough," McMillan said of his club's recent slide. "We played well all season long and we went through a stretch where we lost some key guys. We gave ourselves a big enough cushion that we could survive that. It paid off for us in the end." Allen assisted on Seattle's first three baskets in the third quarter and scored 11 in the period to help the Sonics open a 73-56 advantage. The five-time All-Star had Seattle's last nine points of the third and finished with his 18th 30-point effort this season. During the Sonics' six-game slide, Allen averaged 24.8 points and topped the 30-point mark twice. He led them in scoring in each loss. The Sonics went on an 11-0 run to start the second quarter and kept their lead in double digits thereafter. Daniels highlighted that burst with a three-point play and finished with 13 points off the bench. "Offensively, our shots fell for us, and that's how you play basketball," Allen said. "How we played tonight is how we played all year long. I know we are capable, but the injury bug just hit us at a funny time." "It was a long time coming but it was well-deserved," said Lewis, who struggled to shoot 1-of-12 in his second game back from a bruised right foot. "We accomplished something that a lot of people said we weren't going to do. I was a little bit out of sync tonight, but it's going to come." Seattle outscored New Orleans, 72-49, across the final three quarters and finished with a 26-15 mark at home. Hornets coach Byron Scott said he knew his team was in a tough situation with their opponents in need of a win. "I knew they were going to come out like mad dogs and go right after us," he said. "But anytime you put that uniform on you have to have some pride. You have to go out there and compete, that's the main thing. You can't lay down for anybody." Lee Nailon scored 15 points for New Orleans, which had no other starter in double figures in its sixth straight loss. The Hornets have dropped their last five vs. the Sonics, including all three meetings this season.


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