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Allen Lifts SuperSonics Over James, Cavaliers

Associated Press
Monday, January 17, 2005; Page D04

Ray Allen scored 27 points and Vladimir Radmanovic added 23 points and 11 rebounds, leading the Seattle SuperSonics to a 105-97 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers last night.

"Vlade has a focus about him that he knows he's being counted on," Allen said. "He knows he's going to get shots. He's a big weapon for us."


Raptors forward Chris Bosh (24 points, 10 rebounds) strikes a statuesque pose. He blocked two shots in the 4th quarter to spark Toronto's comeback. (Frank Gunn -- AP)

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LeBron James, making his second trip to Seattle, had 35 points and 11 assists. James, who ranks sixth in scoring in the league, shot 14 for 30 from the field.

Allen drove the baseline and hit a five-footer with 1 minute 38 seconds left, giving Seattle a 94-88 lead and, after James made a three-pointer with 1:28 remaining, hit a three-pointer with 1:12 to go to put the Sonics in front 97-91.

James had a dunk with 30 seconds left, cutting Seattle's lead to 97-93, but the Sonics' Luke Ridnour made six free throws and Antonio Daniels added a pair from the line in the final 28 seconds. Drew Gooden had a pair of baskets in the final 21 seconds.

Gooden finished with 27 points for Cleveland. For Seattle, Ridnour had 18 points and Antonio Daniels 15.

The Northwest Division-leading Sonics improved to 27-9, while the Cavs, in first place in the Central Division, moved to 22-14. Cleveland lost for just the second time in seven games, and Seattle won for the fourth time in five.

• RAPTORS 102, HORNETS 99: Chris Bosh had 24 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 key blocks down the stretch, to lead Toronto at home.

Lee Nailon scored a career-high 32 points for the Hornets, but had two shots blocked by Bosh in the final 1:44.

"That was the best thing I did all night. If I don't block Lee's shots we're probably down five or three points down the stretch," Bosh said.

Morris Peterson had 25 points and 10 rebounds for Raptors, who are 7-7 since trading Vince Carter to New Jersey on Dec 17.


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