Sonics end Heat's streak
The Orlando Magic lose for the fourth straight time.
Published: Tuesday, January 4, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 4, 2005 at 12:58 a.m.
MIAMI - After a month where virtually everything went right, the Miami Heat caught one last break but didn't take advantage - and that allowed the Seattle SuperSonics to knock off the NBA's hottest team.
Ray Allen scored 35 points and Rashard Lewis added 17 points and 13 rebounds for the SuperSonics, who snapped the Heat's franchise-record 14-game winning streak Monday night with a 98-96 victory.
``That's one of the best moments in sports - being able to silence the crowd,'' said Allen, who had 11 of his points in the fourth quarter and was 6-for-10 from 3-point range.
Dwyane Wade had 23 of his 28 points after halftime for Miami, which fell to 6-6 against teams from the Western Conference. Shaquille O'Neal had 25 points, 14 rebounds, a season-high seven blocks and four assists for the Heat, who were outrebounded 46-36.
The loss denied Miami's bid for the NBA's first 15-game winning streak since O'Neal's Los Angeles Lakers won 19 straight in the 2000 season, helping propel them to the first of their three consecutive titles.
``I'll take 14 out of 15 any day of the week, any week of the month, any month of the year, any year of the century,'' O'Neal said. ``I don't know what comes after century.''
Seattle trailed for only six of the game's 48 minutes, yet never led by more than eight points - and Lewis gave the Heat a golden chance to extend the game into overtime.
With the score 98-95, he fouled Miami's Eddie Jones on a 3-point try with 0.4 seconds remaining. But the Heat guard - a 78.7 percent shooter entering the game - connected on only one of three free-throw attempts, the last of which he missed intentionally.
Bosh also had 12 rebounds for the Raptors, who ended a three-game losing kid. The second-year forward matched his career-high for points set Nov. 16, 2003 against Houston.
Steve Francis had 19 points for the Magic, who have lost four straight overall and six in a row on the road.
Orlando got off to another slow start, trailing by as many as 16 points in the first half. In their previous three losses the Magic trailed by as many as 19, 11 and 25 in the first half. Orlando's frustration showed in the fourth quarter when Francis received a late technical and Cuttino Mobley was ejected after getting back-to-back technicals.
James was given the mask Monday morning in Cleveland, then flew to Charlotte to rejoin his team. He said before the game he preferred not to wear the mask, which he needed after Houston center Dikembe Mutombo elbowed him in the face last week.
Marcus Banks, making a rare start at point guard in place of injured Gary Payton, had five points and an assist and Ricky Davis scored 23 for Boston, which had lost four of its previous five games.
Gasol, who had 17 points in the third quarter as Memphis took the lead, was 9-of-15 from the field to help send the Jazz to their sixth straight loss. Utah has dropped nine of its last 10.
Tayshaun Prince added 15 points and Rasheed Wallace scored 10 points for the visiting Pistons, who have won five of their last six games.
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