SuperSonics 82, Pacers 72
Oct. 20, 1996
SEVILLE, Spain (AP) _ A crowd of 9,100 whistled and jeered at the lack of offense Sunday as the Seattle SuperSonics defeated the Indiana Pacers 82-72 in an exhibition game.
The Sonics, who lost to the Pacers by three points Friday night in Berlin on the first stop of a two-city European tour, got 21 points from Detlef Schrempf, 17 from Sam Perkins and 15 from Gary Payton.
Indiana was led by rookie Erick Dampier with 12. Brent Scott and Fred Hoiberg had 10. Reggie Miller, playing only 22 minutes, had eight points after scoring 37 in Berlin.
``The fans had a right to whistle because some of the effort wasn't there as it should have been,'' said Billy King, the Pacers' assistant who coached in the absence of coach Larry Brown, who had hernia and knee operations last week.
``It's a long trip, a long way from home and guys are dragging,'' King added. ``There just wasn't much intensity out there.''
Seattle's offense missed Shawn Kemp, who has been holding out since the start of training camp. NBA rules prohibit him from renegotiating his contract before next season, and coach George Karl said he expected to see Kemp in camp Monday when the club returned home.
``I think he's in Seattle now getting a physical, althought I have nothing confirmed,'' Karl said.
``When Shawn comes back, hopefully our offense will get back in shape because right now we're awful and struggling. We're pretty ugly,'' Schrempf said.
Seattle's five starters _ Schrempf, Perkins, Payton, Jim McIlvaine and Hersey Hawkins _ produced 68 points. The bench scored just 14. The Sonics shot 44 percent from the floor compared to Indiana's 33.
``I think it helped we lost two nights ago in Berlin,'' Karl added. ``I think last year in the whole season we wound up losing two games in a row only one time. The biggest strength of this team is its competitive nature. This is a proud team not used to losing.''