"Seattle's a great team but had one of those nights where nothing went well," New Jersey Coach Larry Brown said last night after his Nets ended the Seattle SuperSonics' National Basketball Association season-opening winning streak at 12 games with a 111-91 victory in Seattle.
"The whole team played great defense both as individuals and as a team. Our whole team came out aggressively," Brown said.
Seattle Coach Lenny Wilkins said, "You hate to have a game like this on your home court. We didn't play well. We didn't shoot the ball well. We didn't play loose."
New Jersey forward Buck Williams led his team with 23 points.
Guard Otis Birdsong had 18 points for the Nets, who dominated the rebounding, 57-43.
New Jersey, playing tenacious defense, and rebounding with vigor, opened a 12-point halftime lead. The SuperSonics, whose winning streak to start the season was the third longest in league history, never got closer than 12 in the second half.
Birdsong helped hold Seattle's high scorer for the season, David Thompson, to one for 10 from the field.
Thompson entered the game making 52 percent of his shots.
New Jersey, which came into the game with a four-game losing streak, took the lead for good, 20-18, on Albert King's layin and free throw with 4:12 left in the first quarter.