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Bullets Unable To Break Sonic Barrier, Begin Road Swing With Loss
31 January 1997. Seattle Sonics 97, Washington Bullets 95 (record: 22-22)
Game leaders: Webber (20 points), Webber (10 rebounds), Strickland (10 assists)
This was a game the Bullets could've had, but they couldn't make the final push. They thought they had the lead when Juwan hit a fastbreak finger-roll basket, but the refs called an offensive foul instead. It wasn't even close - Detlef Schrempf was never set.
Just one example of the lack of calls the Bullets were getting in the game. It was so bad that coach Jim Lynam got tossed in the middle of the third quarter with two technicals, after Juwan had picked up one technical after complaining about the call. I didn't see that sequence, but I saw the fourth quarter, and it was enough to convince me that the Bullets just weren't getting the calls.
Still, the Bullets played the Sonics extremely tough. This season, they've generally showed that they can hang with the big boys, though they just can't win the games. The road trip begins on a bit of a sour note, but there was hope (long since dashed, if you look at when I'm writing this) that they could still salvage this 4-game road trip.
wtf 7 February 1997
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