SEATTLE, Jan. 9 (Ticker) --
The Seattle SuperSonics appear to have the
Miami Heat's number.
scored 11 of his 27 points in the fourth
quarter as the SuperSonics beat the Heat for the second time in
a week, 108-98.
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Last Monday, Ray Allen
scored 35 points as Seattle snapped Miami's
franchise-record 14-game winning streak, 98-96.
The Heat, who had won two straight games since the defeat, went
on a 12-0 fourth-quarter run to take a 95-93 lead with 5:55
remaining. But after Eddie Jones
made a scoop shot to give
Miami a 97-95 edge with 5:07 left, Seattle embarked on a 10-0
run to seize control.
"I don't think this is a measuring stick as far as the NBA
season goes," said Heat guard Damon Jones
, who scored 12 points.
"They played very well and got the best of us in two meetings,
so we'll see them in the Finals."
Seattle took the lead for good, 98-97, when Danny Fortson
two free throws with 4:10 remaining, and Radmanovic added a
fast-break dunk and a 3-pointer before Fortson capped the burst
by sinking a pair from the line with 45 seconds left. Fortson
scored seven of his 18 points in the final period.
"This team has too many good shooters and too many players who
can score," said Radmanovic, who sank five 3-pointers and came
within two points of his career high. "There are going to be
those nights when Ray and Rashard (Lewis
) aren't going to score,
so the guys coming off the bench, including me, have to step
collected 28 points, 11 rebounds and five
blocks for the Heat, who slipped to 2-15 all time at Seattle.
Star guard Dwyane Wade
added 16 points but scored just four
after the second quarter, which ended with Miami ahead, 57-49.
Although he played the entire final quarter, O'Neal -- guarded by
Fortson -- was held to just one shot and five points.
"It was tough," Fortson said. "I tried to keep him out of the
paint. It wasn't easy. I had to work for it. You have to lean
on him a little bit, because he leans on people. If I can get
him tired a little bit, I've done my job."
Guarded by Antonio Daniels
for much of the second half, Wade was
held to just 1-of-7 shooting after the break.
"It's always the key to the game to stop a guy like Dwyane Wade
or a guy like Shaq, but it's easier said than done," Daniels
said. "Dwyane is one of the best one-on-one players in the
league and for us to contain him was a total team effort."
"They just took us apart on pick-and-rolls in the second half,"
Miami coach Stan Van Gundy
said. "They got 23 second-chance
points but a lot of it was because we could not contain their
pick-and-rolls. I think we are capable of playing it, but we
did not get the job done today.
"I thought we did a great job fighting back from a 10-point
deficit and getting the lead, but from there on they were much
better than we were."