Payton, in his 13th season, surpassed Terry Porter on the list
when he fed Desmond Mason for a layup with 5:38 left in the third
quarter to put Seattle ahead 76-58.
Payton has 7,164 assists for his career and is averaging a
league-leading 9.5 per game this season. He needs 48 more to move
past Lenny Wilkens into eighth place.
Lewis converted a key putback with 5:56 to play to give Seattle
a 95-85 lead after Cleveland had whittled a 19-point deficit to
eight. Moments later, the 6-foot-10 forward swished a 12-footer to
end Cleveland's comeback hopes.
Ricky Davis scored 20 points to lead Cleveland, which has gone
3-4 since its 15-game losing streak. Jermaine Jones added 19 points
off the bench.
Davis, who had averaged 34 points over his previous four games,
shot 2-for-10 in the first half, as did rookie Dajuan Wagner. Davis
finished 7-for-21 and Wagner went 3-for-15 for 10 points.
Lewis had 16 points, Payton 15 and Drobnjak 11 in the first half
to lead Seattle to a 63-47 lead at the break.
Jones scored 11 points in the third quarter for Cleveland, but
the Cavs trailed 84-70 entering the fourth.<
Seattle activated Vitaly Potapenko, but he did not play.
The forward-center, acquired from Boston in July, has not played
since injuring his left knee in the final game of last season. ...
Seattle F Vladimir Radmanovic was ejected with 24.5 seconds to
play. ... Cleveland has lost 15 straight in the series since last
defeating Seattle on Nov. 27, 1993. ... Cavs F Tyrone Hill was out
with a sore back. Coach John Lucas said he was not sure when Hill
would be available to play, but F-C Chris Mihm, sidelined all
season with a strained hamstring, may play later this week.
Damian Lillard scored 28 points and the Portland Trail Blazers advanced to the Western Conference semifinals by holding off the resilient Los Angeles Clippers 106-103 on Friday night to claim the
With the Clippers down two, Jamal Crawford drives the lane and his shot doesn't fall. Los Angeles' season comes to an end, losing the series to the Blazers 4-2.
Saying "we just have to be better," Kemba Walker came to grips with the Hornets' near-miss as the Heat pushed them to Game 7.