Sonics defeat Mavs
1987 (Western Conference first round)
Despite a losing regular-season record (39-43), the seventh-seeded Sonics knocked off the No. 2 Mavs (55-27) three games to one -- this after allowing 151 points in a Game 1 loss. The Sonics were led by Xavier McDaniel (left, against Los Angeles later in the playoffs) and Tom Chambers while the Mavs struggled to make up for the lackluster play of Mark Aguirre, who was suffering from strep throat. The Sonics made it past Houston in the semifinals before being swept by the eventual champion Lakers.