Taj McWilliams's layup with 7.9 seconds remaining gave Orlando a 55-54 victory over the visiting Cleveland Rockers last night.

McWilliams missed a short hook on the Miracle's final possession, but followed her shot and converted her 15th rebound into the game-winner.

Cleveland called a timeout and isolated guard Merlakia Jones on Orlando's Elaine Powell. Jones dribbled as the clock wound down but couldn't shake Powell's defense and shot an air ball as the clock expired.

Nykesha Sales led the Miracle (11-16) with 16 points, and McWilliams finished with 10.

Cleveland's Mery Andrade connected on two free throws with 27.2 seconds remaining to give the Rockers a 54-53 lead. Andrade had been whistled for a technical foul with 50.9 seconds remaining after elbowing Miracle point guard Shannon Johnson, who had just fouled her trying to gain possession of a loose ball. Johnson hit the ensuing free throw to break a 52-52 tie.

Eva Nemcova paced the Rockers with 16 points. Cleveland (6-22) has the worst record in the WNBA.

Orlando made the game closer than it had to be, missing five of its seven free throws in the final five minutes. The Miracle tied a season high with 41 rebounds, but ended up shooting 30.9 percent.

COMETS 83, SPARKS 61: In Houston, Sheryl Swoopes scored 17 of her game-high 20 points in the first half as the Comets routed Los Angeles and lowered their number to clinch the Western Conference to one.

Swoopes shot 6 of 15, grabbed eight rebounds, handed out five assists, collected three steals and blocked two shots as the Comets (22-5) won their ninth straight home game and improved the WNBA's best home mark to 12-1.

Los Angeles, which lost its third straight game, fell into third place in the West and trails Sacramento (18-10) by percentage points for home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

Leading 19-15 with 8 minutes 7 seconds remaining in the half, Houston scored the next 17 points to take control of the game. Swoopes scored nine points during the burst as the Sparks (17-10), who lead the league with an average of 78.4 points, went eight minutes without hitting a field goal.

The Comets made 11 of 22 shots from three-point range and all five starters connected on at least one.

Gordana Grubin led Los Angeles with 10 points, all in the first half. Lisa Leslie was limited to nine points and the Sparks shot 17 of 57 (29.8 percent).