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Updated: Monday, November 25, 2002 12:03 AM EST
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Seattle 91, San Antonio 90
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SAN ANTONIO (Ticker) -- Brent Barry nailed a 3-pointer with 4.7 seconds left, capping a rally from an 18-point deficit and giving the Seattle SuperSonics a 91-90 triumph over the San Antonio Spurs.

Barry's game-winning basket off the inbounds pass from Predrag Drobnjak finished an 18-5 run during the final five minutes as the SuperSonics emphatically snapped their three-game skid.

"The ball came over, I found myself open and figured it was as good a shot as we were going to get and I took it," Barry said.

Gary Payton paced the Sonics with 26 points and 11 assists. The All-Star point guard also hit from the arc with 34 seconds left, pulling Seattle within 89-88.

"Tonight's last play was really meant for Gary Payton," Sonics coach Nate McMillan said. "I told Brent before he went out that, 'Look, go for it, attack the basket and take your opportunity.' One of the things I told the guys before the game was don't be hesitant."

Tim Duncan scored 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for the Spurs, whose season-high four-game winning streak came to an end.

"They made shots down the stretch," Duncan said. "We got the shots we wanted. We just didn't knock them down."

The reigning league MVP converted the second of two free throws to increase San Antonio's lead to 90-88 with just seven seconds remaining. But Duncan failed to tip in Stephen Jackson's missed jumper as time expired.

"I thought I rushed the shot a little. I didn't really expect to get the ball," Jackson said. "I'm more upset we lost the game, though, than the fact that I missed the shot."

The Sonics recorded just their second victory in 10 visits to San Antonio.

San Antonio outscored Seattle, 18-7, to start the second half. Bruce Bowen capped the burst, converting a layup with 4:35 to go and giving the Spurs their largest lead, 69-51.

"We got behind because we couldn't get our rebounds in the first three quarters," Payton said. "In the fourth, we buckled down and limited them."

Seattle outscored San Antonio, 26-16, during the final 12 minutes.

Drobnjak, who scored 10 points on 4-of-13 shooting as he struggled to contend with Duncan and David Robinson for much of the game, drained a pair of free throws with 4:55 left to close the deficit to 85-75 and ignite the late run.

"Tonight, we were patient, played good defense, took our time and, when we got the shot, we pulled the trigger," Payton said.

Payton fed Rashard Lewis for a pair of baskets as the Sonics got within 87-82 with 2:47 remaining.

That is when Seattle's barrage of 3-pointers began. Desmond Mason, who collected 15 points off the bench, hit the first of three shots from the arc in the final 2:20 to slice the deficit to two.

"I had some good looks," Mason said. "My teammates were able to get me the ball in the right situations and I was able to play well."

The teams missed alternating jumpers until Duncan put home a mid-range shot and gave the Spurs an 89-85 cushion.

Off a timeout, Payton had Bowen in his face when he sank a 3-pointer and made it a one-point game with 34 seconds left.

"It's hard to complain when a guy makes a great shot like that," Robinson said.

Seattle's bench outscored San Antonio's, 37-13.


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