Seattle back in contention

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Seattle back in contention

The Seattle SuperSonics outfought the Chicago Bulls in the fifth game of the NBA play-off finals, cutting their series deficit to 3-2 with a 89-78 victory in Seattle. Game six of the best-of-seven series is today at the United Center in Chicago, where the Bulls lost only twice all year. Whether it was Michael Jordan screaming at the referees, Dennis Rodman punching the ball into the stands or Scottie Pippen losing his touch, all indications pointed to the Bulls losing an edge that once seemed insurmountable. And the Sonics have stepped in with remarkable coolness. It was there in the fourth quarter when Seattle went on an 11-0 run to turn a close game into their second straight victory. Gary Payton, after shutting down Jordan in the first three quarters, scored twice and helped his team keep its composure in the final moments. Michael Jordan, page 22

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