HOUSTON — The three-point shooting that brought the Houston Rockets within one game of the Western Conference finals failed them Tuesday night.
The Rockets made only five for 27 three-pointer shots and missed an opportunity to close out the series as Seattle got 23 points, including four three-point baskets, from Hersey Hawkins in a 100-94 victory.
Houston leads the series, 3-2, and can wrap it up Thursday night at Seattle. The Sonics are seeking to become the sixth team in NBA history to come back from a 3-1 deficit.
Gary Payton scored 21 points and Shawn Kemp added 20 for the Sonics.
Seattle outshot Houston 48% to 39% and withstood a 31-point, 16-rebound performance by Hakeem Olajuwon and a 26-point effort from Clyde Drexler.