1997 Throwback: Payton & Kemp vs Marbury & KG
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Here’s a great throwback video from 1997 featuring the great combo of Gary Payton & Shawn Kemp vs a combo that many thought would be as good or better – Stephon Marbury and Kevin Garnett.
On this night, the Sonics came away with a 92-81 win, behind 20 points and 10 assists from GP and 14 points and 15 rebounds from Kemp. Marbury struggled with his shot, making just 4 of 14, but still had 15 points and 8 assists, while KG had 17 and 9.
Unfortunately, we never got to see how dangerous the combo of Showbiz and KG could become, but for the short time they were a duo, they were fun to watch and showed enough scary potential to warrant this Slam cover and title.
And made this awesome “tastefully done” commercial.
Then this happened….