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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Sonics Beat Rockets

SEATTLE, Washington -- Through the first round of the playoffs for the first time in three seasons, the Seattle SuperSonics looked like a team that intended to make up for lost time.

Blanketing Hakeem Olajuwon with two and three defenders, the Sonics showed their regular-season domination of the Houston Rockets was no fluke with a 108-75 victory Saturday in the opener of their Western Conference semifinal.

Seattle got 28 points from Gary Payton and 17 points and 12 rebounds from Shawn Kemp and outrebounded the two-time defending champions 52-36.