Basketball: Sonics Alive and Kicking

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The Seattle SuperSonics crank- ed up the defence, revved up the fans and ran up an 11-0 streak in the fourth quarter to shut down the Chicago Bulls, 89-78, in Game Five to stay alive in the NBA Finals.

Gary Payton, Hersey Hawkins and Shawn Kemp all sparkled to help the Sonics stave off elimination for the second game in a row after losing the first three games of the best-of-seven series, which headed back to Chicago last night for Game Six.

"We were determined," Haw- kins said after the game on Friday night. "We played too doggone hard to let them celebrate on our floor." The Seattle coach, George Karl, agreed: "I think that game was the biggest test we've ever had as a basketball team, and we've had a lot of them this season. Our men showed up and it was a great privilege to be a part of what went down out there."

Payton, the NBA Defensive Player of the Year, received a lot of help from his friends in keeping Michael Jordan under control. Payton had a team-high 23 points along with nine rebounds and six assists. …