Nykesha Sales scored a game-high 23 points last night as the visiting Orlando Miracle upset the previously undefeated Houston Comets, 68-66.

Sales scored 15 points in the second half, including five of the Miracle's last eight, as Orlando withstood a desperate Houston rally to improve to 5-3.

The loss was the first for Houston (7-1) at home since losing to Cleveland Aug. 1.

Trailing 58-57 with just over five minutes to go, Orlando grabbed one of its eight offensive rebounds, and Sales made a 10-foot jumper while getting fouled.

She made the free throw to put the Miracle up 60-58, a lead it would not relinquish.

SHOCK 91, LIBERTY 71: Korie Hlede broke out of a season-long slump with 17 points, leading Detroit at home.

The game was New York's first at the Palace of Auburn Hills since a 82-68 loss in the final game of last season. That loss eliminated the Liberty from playoff contention.

Cindy Brown, playing with a badly bruised tailbone, scored 15 points for Detroit. Sandy Brondello had 16, and rookie Dominique Canty added 13. Six Shock players reached double figures.

Shock Coach Nancy Lieberman-Cline juggled her starting lineup, putting in Canty and Rachael Sporn for slumping Hlede and Val Whiting. Canty, Sporn (12 points) and Hlede all responded by scoring in double figures.

ROCKERS 70, MERCURY 51: Chasity Melvin scored 15 points, and Suzie McConnell Serio added 10 as Cleveland, at home, won its second game of the season.

The Rockers (2-7) used a 23-5 run early in the second half to break open the game. Six players scored during the nine-minute run, which pulled the Rockers from a 35-33 deficit at 15:11 to a 56-40 lead with less than seven minutes remaining.

Cleveland outrebounded Phoenix (3-5) 40-22. The Rockers also outscored the Mercury 48-26 inside, 11-0 on second-chance opportunities and 16-4 on fast breaks.

SPARKS 102, STARZZ 70: Reserve Penny Toler had 21 points to lead Los Angeles at home.

Reserve Gordana Grubin added 18 points and Nina Bjedov 11, while Lisa Leslie had 14 and Mwadi Mabika 10 as Los Angeles (5-4) scored at least 100 points for the second time this season.