SuperSonics balling on Valentine’s Day

14 Feb

The Seattle SuperSonics played 23 times on Valentine’s Day dating back to the inaugural 1967-68 season.

Record: 11 wins, 12 losses

Biggest win streak on Valentine’s Day: 6 (1989, 1991-1992, 1995-1997)

Biggest losing streak on Valentine’s Day: 4 (1981-1982, 1984-1985); 4: (1998, 2002-2003, 2006)

Highlights

Feb. 14, 2007 – At Seattle 114, Phoenix 90

This was a shocker as the Suns strolled into the Emerald City with a 39-12 record while Seattle was 19-32. Ray Allen led the Supes with 31 points, Nick Collison added 22 points and 15 rebounds. Rashard Lewis added 20 points to the joy of the 16,809 fans at the KeyArena.

Feb. 14, 1996 – At Seattle 130, Minnesota 93

The Sonics whipped the T-wolves for their fourth straight win as Ervin Johnson poured in 28 points and controlled the glass with 12 caroms. Shawn Kemp (21), Hershey Hawkins (16), Detlef Schrempf (16), Frank Brickowski (14) and Gary Payton (12) also scored in double figures. Christian Laettner led Minnesota with 19 points. The Sonics improved to 36-12 as 16,260 made their way to the city.

Feb. 14, 1997 – At Seattle 105, Houston 85

Talk about a showdown 16 years ago – Seattle 33-15 hosted the Rockets 33-16 that Friday night in front of a sellout crowd (17,072). It was a no contest as the Sonics outscored the Rockets in every quarter to win for the second straight time – and that streak would run to seven. Gary Payton led the winner’s with 23 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Detlef Schrempf helped out in the route with 20 points and Shawn Kemp finished with 17 points (7-for-9 shooting). Mario Elie led the losers with 17 points, Charles Barkley had 14 points and 12 rebounds. Hakeem Olajuwon was held to six points. The Rockets would eliminate Seattle 4 games to 3 in the second round of the NBA playoffs that spring.

Feb. 14, 1968 – Philadelphia 149, at Seattle 125

Wilt Chamberlain led the mighty 76ers with 35 points in the thrashing. Hal Greer added 24 points and Billy Cunningham 21. Walt Hazzard led Seattle, who dropped to 19-42, with 25 points. The attendance was 9,449.

Feb. 14, 1979 – At Seattle 116, Atlanta 104

Gus Williams and Dennis Johnson (22 points each) led six Sonics’ in double-figure scoring. Larry Drew led the Hawks with 20 points as 15,223 made their way to the Kingdome. The Sonics would win the NBA World Championship a few months later.

Feb. 14, 1976 – Seattle 122, at Portland 108

Remember Bruce Seals? That night in Portland Mr. Seals went for 29 points to lead the way at the Memorial Coliseum . Freddie Brown tossed in 24 points for the winners who outscored the Blazers 33-21 in the fourth quarter. Lloyd Neal scored 29 points for Portland, who were coached by Lenny Wilkens.

 

 

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