Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Lakes Emerge from Dark, Win by 2

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Lakes Emerge from Dark, Win by 2

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The playoff series looked dark for the Los Angeles Lakers when they lost the opener by 25 points to Seattle. But they shrugged off a power surge that forced a 23-minute delay Saturday and turned out the lights on the SuperSonics in Tacoma, Wash.

Held to a franchise-playoff-low 71 points in the opening game, the Lakers won 84-82 in Game 2, tying the best-of-five first-round series with the favored Sonics.

The teams were left in the dark during the fourth-quarter delay when a power surge knocked out the Tacoma Dome's lights.

"That's an old trick," Lakers coach Del Harris said with a smile. "You get behind and the lights go out."

But it was the Sonics who missed 10 of 13 attempts in the final quarter. The power surge affected a five-block area around the Tacoma Dome.

"That's happened to me plenty of times in Europe," the Lakers' Vlade Divac said. "On purpose."

City officials said lightning caused the surge.

When the delay came, the Lakers led 81-73 with 4:11 to go. At that time, the Sonics were one for 12 in the period, the only basket coming on Nate McMillan's offensive rebound putback with 6:53 to go.

The Lakers scored only one basket after the lights went back on, a 3-pointer by Cedric Ceballos with 1:11 left for an 84-79 Los Angeles advantage. His sixth 3-pointer of the game turned out to be enough.

Sam Perkins cut the Lakers' lead to 84-82 with a 3-pointer with 1:01 left, but Detlef Schrempf and McMillan missed 3-point tries in the final 37 seconds.

Ceballos, held to two points in the Sonics' 96-71 victory Thursday, scored 25. Divac added 17 for LA.

Shawn Kemp had 22 points and 12 rebounds for Seattle. Schrempf scored 19 but missed 10 of 14 shots. Gary Payton added 16, but shot only seven for 19. In the pivotal fourth quarter, Schrempf was 0 for five.

Cavaliers 90, Knicks 84: Chris Mills and Bobby Phills gave Cleveland the little bit of offense it needed, and the Cavaliers showed again why they had the NBA's stingiest defense in 40 years.

Mills hit all four of his 3-pointers and scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half, and Phills also scored 21 points as the Cavs won in New York, tying the best-of-five series 1-1. …

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