Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 12/16

Game 1: Monday, December 16th
Game 2: Sunday, January 12th

SuperSonics 111

(14-11, 9-7 away)

Cavaliers 98

(5-21, 4-8 home)

    Coverage: FSOH

    7:00 PM ET, December 16, 2002

    Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH

    1 2 3 4 T
    SEA 36 27 21 27111
    CLE 26 21 23 2898

    Top Performers

    Seattle: R. Lewis 29 Pts, 10 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl

    Cleveland: J. Jones 19 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl

    Payton moves to ninth-place on assists list

    CLEVELAND (AP) -- Gary Payton moved into ninth-place on the career assists list, adding nine more to his total Monday night as the Seattle SuperSonics defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 111-98.

     Gary Payton

    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.

    Rashard Lewis scored 29 points on 10-for-15 shooting with 10 rebounds, Predrag Drobnjak scored a career-high 23 points and Reggie Evans grabbed 17 rebounds, 10 in the first quarter.

    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.<

    Game notes

    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.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 111 98
    FGM-FGA 45-88 (.511) 34-88 (.386)
    3PM-3PA 4-11 (.364) 7-18 (.389)
    FTM-FTA 17-25 (.680) 23-27 (.852)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 17-55 15-42
    Assists 28 21
    Turnovers 15 13
    Steals 10 8
    Blocks 6 3
    Fast Break Points 9 7
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (1/0) 17 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Rashard Lewis Lewis
    Points: 29
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Jumaine Jones Jones
    Points: 19
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0