Sonic faithful, remember the All-Star Game of 1987? Tommy Chambers named “MVP” 25 years ago

27 Feb

Feb. 8, 1987 was the Day – The Kingdome was the Place to spend the Day

Seattle SuperSonic Tom Chambers scored a game-high 34 points during the West’s 154-149 overtime victory over the East. The 34,275 Kingdome onlookers at the time was the second-largest All-Star crowd ever.
Chambers wasn’t selected by NBA fans or picked as a reserve by coaches prior to the 37th All-Star contest. He was chosen earlier in the week after starting F Ralph Sampson suffered an injury.

He was named the team’s starting forward by Coach Pat Riley of the Lakers, “I felt like I had to prove I wasn’t only filling space,” Chambers said.

The 6-10 F pumped in 14 fourth quarter points, and his three-pointer with 5:09 left in regulation sparked a West rally from a 12-point deficit. In overtime, Chambers scored another four, including a layup with 2:47 remaining which proved to be the winning bucket.

“When I was a kid, like everyone else, I’d play around on the court, counting down, ‘Three . . . two . . . one . . . the last shot! Tom Chambers takes it,’ ” said Chambers, age 27. “Today, it was for real. Today, it was me taking the last shot. This is the best day, the best moment, the best game of my life.’”

 

The Sonics advanced to the playoffs that year with a 39-43 record. Dale Ellis (24.9 ppg), Chambers (23.3), and Xavier McDaniel (23.0) were the Big Three.

 

Seattle, coached by Bernie Bickerstaff, knocked out the Dallas Mavericks 4 games to 1 in the first round of the playoffs. The city was a jumpin’ when they took out the Houston Rockets in round two – 4 games to 2, winning 128-125 in double-overtime in Game 6 played in front of 14,751 at the Seattle Coliseum.

 

The wild and crazy run came to an end in the Western Conference Finals. Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar led the L. A. Lakers to a 4-0 sweep.

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