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Suns 109, SuperSonics 102

March 22, 1998

PHOENIX (AP) _ Cliff Robinson scored 29 points and Rex Chapman added 28 Saturday night as the Phoenix Suns beat Seattle 109-102 for their first win in three tries against the SuperSonics this season.

Danny Manning had four of his 25 points in a 25-second span during the final minute, including a backbreaking 18-footer from the baseline with 56 seconds left to open a 105-97 lead.

Gary Payton had 30 points, six rebounds and five assists, but couldn’t prevent Seattle (50-17) from falling into a tie with idle Chicago for the best record in the NBA.

Vin Baker contributed 16 points and eight rebounds for the Sonics, and Detlef Schrempf scored 14.

Phoenix had lost its previous five games against teams with winning records.

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