SuperSonics end Rockets' winning streak
Ray Allen scored 29 points, capped by two free throws with 16.7 seconds left, to help the Seattle SuperSonics' snap the Houston Rockets' eight-game winning streak with an 87-85 victory Tuesday night.
Houston led throughout the game before a dunk by Allen with 38 seconds left put Seattle ahead 85-84.
Houston's Dikembe Mutombo, who came in after Yao Ming fouled out with 1:17 left, tied it with a free throw with 19.7 seconds left, but missed his second attempt.
David Wesley was called for a foul in the scramble for the rebound, sending Allen, who had 12 fourth-quarter points, to the line for the winning free throws.
Rashard Lewis added 23 points for Seattle, including seven in the final 5 minutes.
Yao led Houston with 30 points, and Wesley had 19, including four 3s.
Trailing bu nine with 4:41 left, the Rockets scored eight straight points ¡ª capped by a 3 by Vladimir Radmanovic ¡ª to close to 80-79.
The Sonics got the win despite shooting 4-of-25 from 3-point range for a season-low 16 percent. Seattle dominated the boards, outrebounding Houston 50-37.
The Rockets were without starting point guard Bob Sura, sidelined by a sore back. Rod Strickland had five rebounds in 13 minutes in place of Sura.
Sura missed the first 14 games of the season after surgery to repair a herniated disc in his lower back Sept. 1. He was injured during an offseason workout.