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Sonics escape Heat

Allen too much for Shaq, Miami

After a month when virtually everything went right, the Miami Heat caught one last break but didn't take advantage -- and that allowed the visiting 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 last 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 7 blocks, and 4 assists for the Heat.

Seattle trailed for only six of the game's 48 minutes, yet never led by more than 8 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. Said Jones, who finished with 14 points: "It would have been better if it went in, but it didn't, so you just need to keep moving on."

Cavaliers 94, Bobcats 83 -- Unhampered by a plastic mask he wore to protect his broken left cheek, LeBron James scored 26 points to lead visiting Cleveland over Charlotte.

James was given the mask yesterday 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.

If it bothered him, it didn't show. James shot 11 of 19 and added 8 rebounds and 6 assists.

Raptors 105, Magic 94 -- Chris Bosh tied his career high with 25 points and Morris Peterson scored a season-high 21 to lead host Toronto over slumping Orlando.

Bosh also had 12 rebounds for the Raptors, who ended a three-game losing skid.

Grizzlies 92, Jazz 82 -- Pau Gasol scored 25 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, and keyed a third-quarter rally as host Memphis won its season-high fourth consecutive game.

Carlos Arroyo tried to keep the Jazz close in the fourth period, scoring 13 of his 15 points.

Pistons 87, Bulls 80 -- Richard Hamilton scored 28 points, 20 in the second half, and Ben Wallace had 16 rebounds and 7 points for visiting Detroit.

Ben Gordon gave Chicago a 70-69 lead on a jumper with 7:39 left, then Hamilton sparked a 14-4 run. Gordon scored 27 points for the Bulls.

Clippers 102, Nuggets 98 -- Corey Maggette had 33 points and 11 rebounds and Rick Brunson hit a key 3-pointer with 21 seconds left for visiting Los Angeles.

The Clippers got off to a great start, had a miserable third quarter, and hit just enough shots down the stretch to win for third time in four games after a 1-7 stretch.

76ers 112, Warriors 104 -- Allen Iverson converted a 3-point play with 5:18 left, breaking a 94-94 tie and kicking off an 8-0 run by visiting Philadelphia. Golden State rallied within 106-104 with 7 straight points in the final two minutes, but Andre Iguodala and Kenny Thomas combined to go 6 for 6 on free throws for the 76ers in the final 38 seconds.

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