Sonics hosted Game 7 – 35 years ago

23 Jun

Miami and San Antonio played one last time in Game 7 of the NBA Finals Thursday night.

The Heat pulled it out beating the Spurs for the NBA Title.

Lets go back in time and take a look at the only time the Seattle SuperSonics took the court in a NBA Finals Game 7.

Turn the calendar back 35 years ago.

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Back in June of 1978 – The Seattle SuperSonics played the Washington Bullets in Game 7 at the Seattle Coliseum.

The Sonics were trounced 117-82 in Game 6 three days earlier in Landover, Md.

The city was abuzz that Wednesday as Game 7 had a tip-time of 6 p.m.

Seattle entered Game 7 riding a 22-game win streak at the Seattle Coliseum, including playoff clinchers vs. L.A. Lakers, Portland and Denver in the Western Conference championship.

Washington Bullet Coach Dick Motta suggested the Sonics could be facing previously unknown pressure because this was the first time in the series that a Sonic lost would lead to no more games to be played.

“It’s the first time Seattle will have time to think about a shot going in,” Motta said to the media. “They’ve always had a tomorrow, until now.” “I’m anxious to see how they react,” Motta said.

Motta was correct in his assumption:

Washington 105, Seattle 99

The Bullets led after one quarter 31-28 and by halftime they had built an 8-point cushion (53-45). By the start of the final quarter, the lead was up 13.

The Supes made a run in the fourth quarter to cut the margin to two points (101-99) with 18 ticks remaining. Wes Unseld was fouled with 12 seconds remaining and missed the first free throw. But back in the day, the NBA had a free-throw rule while in the bonus of three-to-make two. Unseld, a 54% FT shooter, made the final two free throws.

Dennis Johnson missed a jumper and Bobby Dandridge capped the championship with a dunk.

Seattle got 27 points from Marvin Webster and he also nabbed 19 rebounds. Jack Sikma added 21 points and 11 rebounds. Fred Brown came off the bench with 21 points but starting G Johnson, age 23, was 0-14 from the field. The Sonics shot 39% from the field.

Washington had six players score in double figures. Dandridge and Curtis Johnson were tops with 19 points.

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