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SuperSonics end Rockets' winning streak
(Agencies)
Updated: 2005-02-23 13:44

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 Rockets Yao Ming (11) of China dunks over Seattle Supersonics Vitaly Potapenko of Ukraine during the fourth quarter Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2005, at Toyota Center in Houston. Yao scored 30 points for the Rockets, but the Supersonics came away with the 87-85 win. [AP]
Houston had a chance to tie it with 5 seconds left, but Scott Padgett's 3-point attempt was short and Allen came up with the rebound.

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 capped by a 3 by Vladimir Radmanovic 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.



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