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SuperSonics Cool Off the Heat Again

Associated Press
Monday, January 10, 2005; Page D04

Vladimir Radmanovic scored 27 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter, and the Seattle SuperSonics beat the visiting Miami Heat for the second time in six days, 108-98, last night.

The Sonics, who ended the Heat's franchise-best 14-game winning streak on Monday in Miami, outscored the Heat 13-1 over the final 4 minutes 40 seconds.

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Shaquille O'Neal had 28 points and 11 rebounds for the Heat, but Radmanovic helped the Sonics' reserves outscore their Miami counterparts, 66-17.

Danny Fortson had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Sonics. Acquired in a July trade with Dallas, Fortson's rebounding and inside toughness have been a major part of Seattle's success. The 6-foot-8, 265-pound Fortson said he gets extra motivation to play against the 7-1, 325-pound O'Neal.

"He leans on people so you've got to give him a little bit of the same thing he does," Fortson said. "I think at the end of the night, we both were just out there sucking wind."

O'Neal didn't score a point after getting a dunk and a free throw with 7:38 left. He acknowledged Fortson wore him out.

"It was a physical matchup," Dwyane Wade said of the inside duel between his teammate O'Neal and Fortson. "Shaq got the best of that matchup, but the Sonics got the best of the Heat."

Eddie Jones scored 19 points and Wade 16 for Miami.

SUNS 124, PACERS 89: Shawn Marion scored 21 points and Amare Stoudemire had 20 points and 14 rebounds to lead Phoenix to a rout of visiting Indiana. The Suns have won six straight and an NBA-best 30 games, one more than they won all of last year.

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. Jamaal Tinsley led the Pacers with 21 points.

KNICKS 113, TRAIL BLAZERS 105: In New York, Allan Houston scored 25 points to help the Knicks snap a four-game losing streak.

Houston made four three-pointers while surpassing his previous season-high of 21 points, and Stephon Marbury contributed 20 points and 12 assists for New York.

ROCKETS 116, NUGGETS 98: Tracy McGrady scored 20 his 45 points in the fourth quarter and had 12 rebounds to help Houston pull away for a victory in Denver. Carmelo Anthony scored 27 points and Kenyon Martin added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Nuggets, losers of 10 of their past 11 games.

RAPTORS 109, WARRIORS 87: In Toronto, Chris Bosh had 21 points and a career-high 17 rebounds and Rafer Alston ended a shooting slump with 14 second-half points for the Raptors.

Alston (15 points) had missed his last 23 shots 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.


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