Sonics beat Heat ... again
Despite a sprained ankle, Allen Iverson is expected to start tonight against Portland.
Published: Monday, January 10, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 10, 2005 at 1:34 a.m.
SEATTLE - For one week at least, Shaquille O'Neal and the Miami Heat met their match in Danny Fortson and the revitalized Seattle SuperSonics.
Vladimir Radmanovic scored a season-high 27 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter, and the Sonics beat the Heat for the second time in six days, 108-98 on Sunday night.
The Sonics ended the Heat's franchise-record 14-game winning streak on Monday night in Miami.
''It was a physical matchup,'' Dwyane Wade said of the inside duel between O'Neal and Fortson. ''Shaq got the best of that matchup, but the Sonics got the best of the Heat.''
Radmanovic hit three of his five 3-pointers in the final period and the Sonics ended a two-game losing streak by outscoring the Heat 13-1 in the final 4:40.
Radmanovic came within two points of his career high and shot 11-for-17, including 5-for-9 from 3-point range, after being limited to a total of 12 points in losses at Washington and Orlando.
''Two games don't mean much during the season,'' said Radmanovic, a four-year veteran from Bosnia-Hercegovina. ''You don't lose your confidence because of just two games. You have to come back and not even think about it.''
Phoenix's 30-4 start ties the 1959-60 Boston Celtics and 1971-72 Milwaukee Bucks for the best start for a team with four losses in NBA history.
Joe Johnson added 15 points and Quentin Richardson 14 in the Suns' highest-scoring and most one-sided victory of the season.
Jamaal Tinsley scored 21 and Jermaine O'Neal 16 for the Pacers.
Jerome Williams had 15 points, six rebounds and four assists as New York ended a season-high four-game losing streak to get back to .500 (17-17).
Houston made four 3-pointers while surpassing his previous season-high of 21, and Stephon Marbury had 20 points and 12 assists while outplaying his cousin, Portland rookie Sebastian Telfair.
McGrady hit four 3-pointers and was 7-of-9 overall in the fourth quarter, reaching 40 points for the third time this season - and the second in five games. McGrady finished 15-of-26, had five assists and blocked three shots.
Yao Ming added 12 points and seven rebounds for Houston, which shot 51 percent and went 11-of-19 from 3-point range.
Alston had missed his last 23 shots over three games before his layup sparked a 15-2 run in the third quarter. He made his next six shots as Toronto outscored Golden State 36-17 in the third quarter and went on its biggest win of the season.
Bosh recorded his fourth straight double-double for the Raptors, who are 5-6 since trading Vince Carter to New Jersey on Dec. 17.
Iverson, averaging 28.9 points, missed Friday's game against Minnesota as the 76ers finished a road trip in which they went 5-3. He injured the ankle in the first quarter against Utah on Wednesday night but played the rest of the game.
Iverson, also bothered by the flu and a bruised left shoulder, averaged 31 points in seven games. The 76ers haven't played at home since Dec. 20.
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