Bullets' Seattle drought continues in 112-102 loss Kemp scores 25, helps Sonics hold on

February 17, 1993|By John Peoples | John Peoples,Contributing Writer

SEATTLE -- A late fourth-quarter by the Washington Bullets made the Seattle SuperSonics nervous, but could not prevent the Sonics from scoring a 112-102 victory last night.

Seattle was lead by Shawn Kemp's 25 points and eight rebounds. The Bullets got 22 points and five rebounds from Larry Stewart.

After trailing by 19 points early in the final quarter, the Bullets closed to 107-102 with 2:07 left in the game. But the Bullets could get no closer as Seattle's defense stiffened in the final minutes.

The Sonics, who scored their eighth consecutive win over the Bullets and 13th straight in Seattle, improved their record to 32-17. The loss dropped the Bullets to 15-35 and was Washington's fourth defeat in a row.

Last night's win before 13,585 at the Seattle Center Coliseum, was Seattle's second of the season against Washington. The Sonics routed the Bullets, 120-92, at the Capital Centre on Feb. 9.

The Sonics got off to a quick start last night, building a at 21-11 lead with 5:53 left in the opening period. Seattle was led in the first period by Kemp, who scored 12 points and grabbed four rebounds in the period. Kemp finished the first half with 14 points.

The Sonics made the most of six Bullet turnovers in the first period, converting the miscues into five points. Seattle committed a pair of turnovers in the first quarter, but the Bullets didn't capitalize on the errors.

Pervis Ellison was the only Bullet who could find the range in the first, he had 11 points in the quarter, which ended with Seattle leading 31-23.

The Bullets staged a mini-rally at the start of the second quarter, a 10-5 Washington run that cut Seattle's lead to 36-33 after a Horace Grant baseline jumper with 9:09 left in the first half.

But the Sonics countered with a 15-4 blitz over the next 3 1/2 minutes that boosted them to a 51-37 lead with 4:42 left in the half. Seattle's Eddie Johnson, who had 11 points in the second period, scored six points during the sprint.

Stewart was the most accurate Bullet in the second, when he scored eight of his 12 first half-points.

Seattle's domination continued in the third period, when the Sonics built 20-point leads on several occasions. The Bullets rallied to cut the Sonics' lead to 12 points with three minutes remaining in the third. Seattle held a 91-78 lead when the final period began.

Seattle, which pushed its lead to 99-80 with strong offensive push at the beginning of the final period, substituted liberally at the beginning of the final quarter.

But once again the Bullets battled back and forced Seattle coach George Karl to return his starters to the floor after the Bullets scored 16 unanswered points.

Stewart led rally with eight points and LaBradford Smith tossed in six as Washington cut Seattle's advantage to 99-94 with just 4:42 left to play.

Johnson stopped the Sonics' nearly five-minute scoreless streak with a 20-foot jumper with 4:20 left in the game. After Seattle stopped the Bullets, Johnson tipped in a miss by Gary Payton with 3:56 left to up Seattle's lead to 103-93.

Washington trailed by 107-102 after a lay-in and free throw by Brent Price with 2:07 left in the game. Washington had a chance to cut Seattle's lead to three a moment later after Price corralled a rebound with two minutes to play, but his long pass to Smith was too long and forced Smith to go out of bounds.

That was close as the Bullets would get the rest of the way, as the Sonics went up 109-102 after a pair of free throws by Payton with 1:27 left in the game.

The Sonics, who scored their eighth consecutive win over the Bullets and 13th straight in Seattle, improved their record to 32-17. The loss dropped the Bullets to 15-35 and was Washington's fourth defeat in a row.

Last night's win, before 13,585 spectators at the Seattle Center Coliseum, was Seattle's second of the season against Washington. The Sonics routed the Bullets, 120-92, at the Capital Centre Feb. 9.

The Sonics got off to a quick start last night, building a 10-point lead, at 21-11, with 5:53 left in the opening period. Seattle was led in the first period by All-Star forward Shawn Kemp, who scored 12 points and grabbed four rebounds in the period. Kemp finished the first half with 14 points.

The Sonics made the most of six Bullet turnovers in the first period, converting the miscues into five points. Seattle committed a pair of turnovers in the first quarter, but the Bullets didn't capitalize on the errors.

Pervis Ellison was the only Bullet who could find the range in the first, he had 11 points in the quarter, which ended with Seattle leading 31-23.

The Bullets staged a mini-rally at the start of the second quarter, a 10-5 Washington run that cut Seattle's lead three points, 36-33, after a Horace Grant baseline jumper with 9:09 left in the first half.

But the Sonics countered with a 15-4 blitz over the next 3 1/2 minutes that boosted them to a 51-37 lead with 4:42 left in the half. Seattle's Eddie Johnson, who had 11 points in the second period, scored six points during the sprint.

Stewart was the most accurate shooting Bullet in the second, when he netted eight of his 12 first half-points.

Seattle's domination continued in the third period, when the Sonics built 20-point leads several times.

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