What a day it was, 35 years ago today

13 May

The Seattle SuperSonics tackled the Phoenix Suns in the 1979 NBA Western Conference Championship series.

On May 13, the Sonics were playing for their lives, trailing the best-of-7 series 3 games to 2. Phoenix had won the prior three games in the match-up.

The Sonics held on for a dramatic 106-105 win, forcing a Game 7

Sikma photo - Suns

 

The game was played in front of 12,660 at the Phoenix Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

The Supes escaped in dramatic style, winning 106-105 to force a Game 7 at the Kingdome four days later.

Seattle rallied from EIGHT points down in the fourth quarter to snap the Suns 16-game win streak at home.

What happened in that all important fourth quarter

4:22 remaining: Walter Davis drills a 9-footer. Phoenix 101, Seattle 96.

1:33 remaining: Paul Westphal swishes 2 free throws. Phoenix 105, Seattle 102.

1:22 remaining: Gus Williams makes two of three free-throws. Phoenix 105, Seattle 104.

The Wizard with coach Wilkens

 

 

 

 

 

52 seconds left: Williams converts 17-foot jumper after a Suns turnover for the final basket of the game. Seattle 106, Phoenix 105.

41 seconds left: Davis travels.

20 seconds remaining: Williams doesn’t connect on a 12-footer from the lane.

5 seconds left: Davis misses an 18-footer.

1 second left: Gar Heard shoots an air-ball from 15-feet away. The city of Seattle could now take a deep breathe.

This win by Seattle allowed them to play a Game 7 and go on and defeat the Washington Bullets in the NBA Finals.

 

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