NBA opens tonight/SuperSonics results on Oct. 30

30 Oct

The NBA starts the 2012-2013 season on Oct. 30.

Lets look back at some famous home victories on this day, played right here in rainy SEATTLE, WA.

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30, 1971

SEATTLE SUPERSONICS 115, LOS ANGELES LAKERS 106

The Sonics move into first place for the first time in team history with their fourth consecutive victory. Lenny Wilkens dishes out 19 assists, a Seattle Coliseum record at the time, and Don Kojis leads Seattle with 26 points. Spencer Haywood added 24 points and 15 rebounds. The Lakers would turn in a 69-13 record that season (1971-72) and take down the New York Knicks 4-games-to-1 to win the NBA Championship. A record crowd of 13,138 gave the Sonics a standing ovation during the final 30 seconds of play, after it became apparent that Seattle would move into first place for the first time in its five-years in the league. Flynn Robinson led L.A. with 28 points, while Wilt Chamberlain scored just 7 points and was 1-6 from the charity stripe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo from The Seattle Times archives

 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 1974

SEATTLE SUPERSONICS 117, LOS ANGELES LAKERS 97

                        

Despite a throbbing leg ailment, Spencer Haywood has a monster of a game, scoring 40 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and blocking five shots in a Sonics route. “Haywood wasn’t bad, considering he was right off the operating table,” cracked Coach Bill Russell to the media. “Haywood and Leonard Gray – those are two pretty good forwards.” Gray tallied 24 points and nabbed 11 rebounds for the winners. Laker forward Pat Riley was held without a field goal. Laker Elmore Smith was ejected from the game in the first half when he threw the ball at referee Jim Capers in protest over a violation call.

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2002

SEATTLE SUPERSONICS 86, PHOENIX 73

Seattle wins their NBA league opener as Brent Barry pours in 25 points on 5-6 shooting from three-point range. Desmond Mason’s three thunderous dunks added to the excitement of opening night at KeyArena. Gary Payton scored 20 points and dished off eight assists. The Sonics would start the season 4-0 and improve to 8-2 in their first 10 games the season. The Sonics were coached by Nate McMillan; his first full season as the Sonics head coach. Payton and Mason would be dealt later in the season to the Milwaukee Bucks for Ray Allen and two other players.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Which game would you have chosen to be at?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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