Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 11/24

Game 1: Sunday, November 24th
Game 2: Wednesday, December 18th
Game 3: Wednesday, January 8th
Game 4: Friday, April 11th

SuperSonics 91


Spurs 90

(9-5, 6-2 home)

    Coverage: FSSW

    6:00 PM ET, November 24, 2002

    AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

    1 2 3 4 T
    SEA 23 21 21 2691
    SA 21 28 25 1690

    Top Performers

    Sea: G. Payton 26 Pts, 4 Reb, 11 Ast

    SA: D. Robinson 18 Pts, 17 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    Sonics end three-game slide with big rally

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Down 18 points and staring at a fourth straight loss, the Seattle SuperSonics pulled out a tough road win over the San Antonio Spurs.

    Brent Barry

    Brent Barry's second basket of the game, a 3-point shot with 4.7 seconds remaining, gave Seattle a 91-90 victory over San Antonio, which saw its four-game winning streak come to a halt.

    Seattle, which trailed from the second quarter until Barry's shot, was led by Gary Payton's 26 points. Desmond Mason added 15, and Rashard Lewis had 13.

    ''We made some big shots down the stretch,'' Seattle coach Nate McMillan said. ''Our guys never gave up and gave us a chance to win. We have had rough times over the last three games, but I was very pleased with the confidence level that we have and how well we are doing as a team. I think this is a win we can definitely celebrate.''

    Tim Duncan led San Antonio with 22 points, and David Robinson added 18 points and 17 rebounds.

    ''It was a tough loss for us, a great win for Seattle,'' Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. ''Both teams competed well. They caught fire down the stretch and hurt us with their zone defense. They knocked down their shots.''

    After trailing by as many as 18, Seattle went on an 11-0 run at the end of the third quarter and at the start of the fourth to close within 74-69 with 9:09 remaining.

    San Antonio responded with a 12-4 run to lead 85-73 on a basket by Stephen Jackson with 5:20 to play.

    Trailing 87-79, Seattle closed the gap with consecutive 3-point baskets by Lewis and Mason to trail 87-85 with 2:20 remaining.

    After a short miss by Mason that could have tied it with 1:16 remaining, Duncan hit a turnaround jump shot to push the lead to 89-85 with 1:00 to play.

    Payton brought Seattle within 89-88 with a 3-point field goal with 34.8 seconds remaining.

    Duncan gave San Antonio a 90-88 lead with one free throw with 7.8 seconds to play, only to see Barry hit the winning shot from the top of the key.

    Jackson missed on a 3-point field goal attempt at the buzzer that could have given San Antonio the win.

    ''I was just happy that I knocked it down,'' said Barry, who finished with five points. ''We really did a great job effort-wise. I felt I had a good look to the basket, and I just took it and it felt good.''

    ''They made shots down the stretch,'' said Duncan, who also grabbed 13 rebounds. ''They made the most of their shots late. Most of them were contested. Gary's (Payton) and Barry's both were taken with a hand in their face, but both were great shots.''

    Seattle outscored San Antonio 26-16 in the fourth quarter.

    ''This win will give us a lot of confidence, especially after the loss last night,'' said Lewis after Seattle rebounded from a 115-105 loss at Dallas on Saturday night.

    Leading 49-44 at halftime, San Antonio opened the third quarter with a 12-4 run to lead 61-48 on Bruce Bowen's 3-point field goal with 8:01 to play in the period.

    San Antonio stretched its lead to 73-55 on a dunk by Steve Smith with 3:02 remaining in the quarter.

    ''They made tough shots, they hit some tough 3s,'' Robinson said. ''We didn't execute down the stretch and let this one slip through our fingers. Their zone defense hurt us a little but we just had a few wasted possessions and let them hang around.''

    Seattle ended the period with a 7-0 run and trailed 74-65 going to the fourth quarter.

    San Antonio outscored Seattle 28-21 in the second quarter and led 49-44 at halftime behind 12 points from Robinson and 10 from Duncan. Payton kept Seattle in the game with 17 points over the first 24 minutes.

    Game notes

    Running at every opportunity, Seattle had 24 fast break points, to only seven for San Antonio ... Seattle evened the series between the teams at 55 wins apiece ... Seattle had lost five straight in San Antonio. ... The Spurs are 6-2 in their new home arena. ... In 14 games, San Antonio has allowed only one team (Portland on Nov. 9) to shoot better than 50 percent from the field. Seattle shot 39.6 percent. ... Payton has started and scored double figures in 126 consecutive games.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 91 90
    FGM-FGA 36-91 (.396) 32-74 (.432)
    3PM-3PA 6-12 (.500) 6-20 (.300)
    FTM-FTA 13-18 (.722) 20-26 (.769)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 15-43 12-47
    Assists 18 13
    Turnovers 9 16
    Steals 8 4
    Blocks 2 11
    Fast Break Points 10 3
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 19 (2/0)

    Top Performers

    San Antonio
    Gary Payton Payton
    Points: 26
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 11
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    David Robinson Robinson
    Points: 18
    Reb: 17
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 2