With the Los Angeles Lakers playing the way they are, and the Chicago Bulls playing the way they are, this shouldn't have been a good game.
Especially in the NBA where road wins are about as common as 5-foot centers. But Chicago made a game of it as Los Angeles. Only Jim Price's hot shooting in the final minutes gave the Lakers a 104-95 victory Sunday night.
Price was fantastic," said Coach Jerry West after the Lakers stretched their winning streak to 13 games. "I told you he would help this club."
He has helped. The winning streak coincides with his arrival Oct. 27. This time, when Price went into the game for Ron Boome. Chicago led. 85-87, with 4:29 remaining Price them went on his spree, scoring twice on lay-ins and once on a short jumper. It amounted to seven straight points toward his game total of 16.
"We played our game very well until it really counted and we got a little rattled," said Larry Costello, Coach of the Bulls the league's worst team at 414. "We lost our composure and they just poured it on us.
Saper Sonics 88, Trail Blarers 85
John Johnson and Jack Sikma combined for 39 points to lead Seattle to a victory that kept it tied with Los Angeles for first place in the Pacific Division.
Sikma and Johnson scored 19 of the Sonics' 26 fourth-quarter points and a Sikma jumped with' 8:30 remaining gave Seattle the lead for good.