SEATTLE (AP) _ Gary Payton had 25 points, nine rebounds and nine assists and Vin Baker added 24 points and 11 rebounds as the Seattle SuperSonics held on for a 95-89 victory over the Detroit Pistons.
Seattle led 85-73 in the fourth quarter before the Pistons rallied with a 16-5 run. Lindsey Hunter’s 3-point shot made it 90-89 with 2:05 left, but Payton hit two free throws with 1:53 left for a 92-89 lead.
Aaron McKie missed a shot from the corner with 45 seconds left and Detlef Schrempf made two free throws for Seattle with 24 seconds left to secure the victory.
Grant Hill had 20 points, 12 rebounds and five assists for Detroit.
Seattle never trailed against the Pistons, who went 1-3 on their four-game road trip.
Dale Ellis’ only 3-pointer of the game put the Sonics up 85-73 with 5:57 left. The Sonics, who lost leads in the fourth quarter in losses to Dallas and Atlanta, nearly faltered again.
Detroit outscored Seattle 16-5, led by McKie and Hunter, before the Sonics’ defense tightened and held the Pistons scoreless the last 2:05.
Hill struggled against Payton and a variety of Sonics defenders. He shot 6-for-17 and matched his career-high of eight turnovers.
Payton assisted on three straight baskets in a 7-0 Seattle run for a 78-68 lead with 8:36 left. Hawkins capped the burst with a 3-pointer from the right wing.
The bench kept Detroit in the game, led by the performances of Theo Ratliff and McKie. The Pistons’ reserves outscored Sonics substitutes 26-18.
Notes: Warren Moon and Shawn Springs of the Seattle Seahawks were in attendance. ... Ellis went 2-for-10 from the field but had a season-high eight rebounds. ... Charles O’Bannon, a rookie from UCLA, was activated by Detroit. He was on the injured list with back spasms. ... Baker was 4-for-4 in the game’s first 8:36. He didn’t take a shot the rest of the half.