Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 11/9

Game 1: Saturday, November 9th
Game 2: Saturday, December 7th

SuperSonics 84

(5-2, 3-2 away)

Heat 82

(1-4, 1-3 home)

    8:00 PM ET, November 9, 2002

    AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL

    1 2 3 4 T
    SEA 31 18 15 2084
    MIA 20 24 21 1782

    Top Performers

    Seattle: R. Lewis 24 Pts, 10 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 Blk

    Miami: E. Jones 23 Pts, 7 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl

    Sonics shake off road fatigue, beat Heat

    MIAMI (AP) -- The Seattle SuperSonics did not show any fatigue despite playing their fourth road game in five nights.


    Rashard Lewis had 24 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks, and Gary Payton scored 20 -- including a key 3-pointer late in the fourth -- as Seattle defeated the Miami Heat 84-82 Saturday night.

    "For this team to play as hard as they did, with four games in five nights, against a tough Miami team, I liked their effort,'' Sonics' coach Nate McMillan said.

    Seattle snapped a two-game losing streak, in part because Miami attempted only four free throws, making two.

    "It was important for us to win this game tonight and stop a little bit of the bleeding,'' said Brent Barry, who was 4-for-5 from behind the 3-point line and scored 14 points.

    Eddie Jones scored 23 points for the Heat, but in the last five seconds he had a potential game-tying shot blocked by Desmond Mason and then missed a 3-pointer as time expired.

    "It looked like we were going into overtime, but it took that kind of effort to win this game,'' McMillan said of the block.

    "I was fouled without a doubt,'' Jones said about the play. "There was definite contact and I thought for sure I would get that call.''

    Pat Riley was ejected in third quarter after yelling at a referee. He was unhappy with a foul called on Mike James on a layup by Payton that tied the game at 62.

    "I got thrown out for the game while commenting on the discrepancy in the free throw ratio,'' Riley said.

    It was Riley's fourth ejection as coach of the Heat. He was ejected twice when he was coach of the New York Knicks, and was never ejected while coaching the Los Angeles Lakers.

    "We wanted to be plus-20 at the free throw line, and we were,'' McMillan said.

    Before the game, Riley said that when it came to Payton, "you have to contain him from having one of those monster games.'' The Heat were able to hold Payton to 29 percent shooting.

    Game notes

    The Heat won both meetings against the Sonics last season in overtime ... Anthony Carter made his first start of the season after missing the first four games with strep throat and a stiff neck. He had four assists in the first four minutes and finished with eight ... Travis Best did not play after spraining his ankle on Nov 5. ... The Sonics played their fourth road game in five nights. It was the Heat's second game -- both at home -- over the same period of time.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 84 82
    FGM-FGA 29-81 (.358) 36-77 (.468)
    3PM-3PA 12-17 (.706) 8-18 (.444)
    FTM-FTA 14-20 (.700) 2-4 (.500)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-41 7-44
    Assists 20 22
    Turnovers 12 18
    Steals 8 4
    Blocks 6 7
    Fast Break Points 1 4
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 15 (1/0) 18 (2/1)

    Top Performers

    Rashard Lewis Lewis
    Points: 24
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 3
    Eddie Jones Jones
    Points: 23
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0