Slick Watts’ 30-foot buzzer beater

15 Feb

February 15, 1976 – 37 years ago TODAY

 It was Slick Watts to the rescue for the Seattle SuperSonics!

1976 Sonics

 In one of the wildest comebacks in Sonics history – Watts drained a line-drive 30-footer at the buzzer under pressure to stun the Detroit Pistons 109-107.Slick Watts-1
Seattle scored the last eight points in the final 34 seconds to rally from a six-point deficit to nab the victory in front of 13,728 at the Seattle Coliseum. Over 4,000 fans had left the game and did not see the amazing turnaround.
The Supes were delirous in their joy according to the print media. Watts leaped into the air, then ran to Tommy Burleson for a postgame hug. Coach Bill Russell hugged anyone in sight. Flans flocked onto the court, trying to congratulate their heroes.
Watts made another big play – stealing the ball from Archie Clark and dishing Burleson for a dunk with 16 seconds left to knot the score at 107.
The Pistons’ Curtis Rowe was called for an offensive foul with 3 seconds remaining – taking away a made basket and setting up the miracle finish. “Yeah, Watts said to the media, let’s try something freaky,” the Sonic guard re-called during the timeout w/ 3 ticks left. “I asked to shoot it. They looked at me like I was crazy.”
Leonard GrayLeonard Gray led Seattle with a triple double – 16 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Watts finished with 14 points, Burleson 20, Herm Gilliam added 22 and “Downtown” Freddie Brown chipped in 20.
Detroit was coached by Herbie Brown.Hubie Brown
It was Seattle’s 4th straight win and improved their record to 27-29. They would run their win streak to eight over the next 11 days.
The Sonics ended the season winning 20 of their final 30 games to make the NBA playoffs for the second time in team history.
The Sonics would lose a first round matchup to the Phoenix Suns 4 games to 2.

 

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