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SuperSonics 92, Mavericks 86, OT

February 6, 1999

SEATTLE (AP) _ Gary Payton scored six of his 28 points in overtime as the Seattle SuperSonics, under new coach Paul Westphal, opened their season with a 92-86 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night.

A Key Arena crowd of 17,072 was delighted with the finish.

Payton scored on an 18-footer 41 seconds into overtime to snap a tie at 84, made two free throws after being fouled by Steve Nash with 3:04 left and then spun around Cedric Ceballos for a reverse layup with 2:13 on the clock for a 90-84 lead.

Vin Baker added 18 points, while Olden Polynice, Seattle’s new center, had 11 points and 13 rebounds.

For Dallas, which lost 62 games last season, Ceballos led the way with 16 points.

The Mavs shot only 1-for-11 in overtime, scoring an offensive rebound by Hot Rod Williams with one minute left.

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