Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 11/6

Game 1: Wednesday, November 6th
Game 2: Friday, December 20th

SuperSonics 84

(4-1, 2-1 away)

Hornets 86

(3-1, 3-0 home)

    Coverage: COX

    7:30 PM ET, November 6, 2002

    Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, LA

    1 2 3 4 T
    SEA 20 21 19 2484
    NO 25 26 18 1786

    Top Performers

    Seattle: G. Payton 29 Pts, 6 Reb, 9 Ast, 1 Blk

    New Orleans: B. Davis 23 Pts, 10 Reb, 9 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk

    Davis misses triple-double by one assist

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The New Orleans Hornets were willing to let Gary Payton get his points as long as they could limit his ability to produce open shots for his teammates.

    Baron Davis

    The plan paid off as the Hornets handed the Seattle SuperSonics their first loss of the season, 86-84 Wednesday night despite Payton's 29 points and nine assists.

    "Gary Payton had an amazing game and we knew that was going to happen,'' said Baron Davis, who led the Hornets with 23 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. "We wanted him to score as much as possible and not get as many assists as he's capable of getting. We kept him out of the lane and kept him from creating for other guys.''

    Payton also had five turnovers, a night after getting a career-high 18 assists in a victory over Houston.

    New Orleans got its best play from the backcourt as David Wesley added 19 points, including four 3-pointers.

    "Dave and I talked before the game and I told him we were going to have to outplay (Seattle's guards) in order for us to win and that's what happened,'' Davis said.

    Jamal Mashburn scored 16 for the Hornets (3-1), who have won all three games in their new home.

    Seattle (4-1), playing back-to-back nights for the first time this season, trailed 82-78 with a minute left before Davis used a spin move and hit a layup as he fell down with 45 seconds left.

    "I think Davis can go wherever he wants with the ball,'' Seattle coach Nate McMillan said. "He's a difficult guy. He's one of the best guards in the league.''

    "All you can do is contain him and hope help will come to stop him,'' Payton said.

    The Sonics cut it to 84-82 and broke up an inbounds pass, but Vladimir Radmanovic fouled P.J. Brown during a scramble for the ball with 5 seconds left.

    Brown hit his only two free throws of the night to seal the victory. He finished with six points after sitting out much of the second half with foul trouble.

    "It's a weird game. You never expect after sitting out most of the game to be put in that position,'' Brown said. "But you know, I take my free throws seriously.''

    Rashard Lewis scored 21 points for Seattle while Desmond Mason added 10 off the bench, including a pair of key fourth-quarter shots as the Sonics chipped away at the Hornets' lead -- which was 76-65 after Davis' basket with 8:29 left.

    Payton, who was 11-for-13 from the foul line, converted a layup as he got fouled for a three-point play. Radmanovic and Mason followed with baskets to pull Seattle to 76-72.

    A jumper by Wesley and a fall-away by Brown put New Orleans ahead 80-72 before a 6-0 Seattle run that included a basket and two foul shots by Payton.

    The Sonics moved the ball well and hit shots from outside to take a 15-8 lead. But New Orleans took the lead for good with a 27-7 run that included 3-pointers from Mashburn and Wesley and a dunk by Davis.

    The Hornets led 51-41 at halftime.

    Game notes

    Davis started despite lingering back pain that kept him out of practice Tuesday. He played 44 minutes. ... Seattle shot 44.7 percent, marking the first time in five games the Sonics failed to shoot better than 45 percent. ... The red light on the backboard was not working and the referees were forced to go to the video to review attempted buzzer beaters after each of the first three quarters. They deemed themselves correct all three times. Payton hit a shot right after the buzzer, Lewis made one just in time and a 3-pointer by Courntey Alexander was late. ... The Hornets got to the foul line more than Seattle but could not take advantage. New Orleans shot only 15-of-25 from the free-throw line, while Seattle was 15-for-19.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 84 86
    FGM-FGA 34-76 (.447) 32-80 (.400)
    3PM-3PA 1-12 (.083) 7-20 (.350)
    FTM-FTA 15-19 (.789) 15-25 (.600)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-41 15-45
    Assists 17 24
    Turnovers 13 15
    Steals 5 8
    Blocks 3 3
    Fast Break Points 4 7
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (1/1) 20 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    New Orleans
    Gary Payton Payton
    Points: 29
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 9
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1
    Baron Davis Davis
    Points: 23
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 9
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 1