Sheryl Swoopes scored 22 points, and the visiting Houston Comets rallied to beat the slumping Detroit Shock, 75-66, last night for their fifth straight victory.

Houston (9-5), which trailed by as many as 10 in the second half, hasn't been beaten since a four-game losing streak June 10-15.

The Shock, which is sending four players to this weekend's All-Star Game, is 2-7 since a league-best 4-0 start.

"I'm doing a fairly poor job of coaching this club right now," Bill Laimbeer said after his team's seventh loss in nine games. "I can't get them to show any desire."

The game marked the return to Detroit's lineup of all-star starter Swin Cash, who hadn't played since tearing a ligament in her right knee last September. She played 18 minutes, scoring two points on 1-of-5 shooting.

Detroit's other all-star starter, center Ruth Riley, was limited to just nine minutes by foul trouble, opening the door for rookie Kara Braxton's career-best 20 points and eight rebounds.

* LIBERTY 67, SPARKS 55: Vickie Johnson scored 18 points to lead New York in Los Angeles.

Becky Hammon added 12 points and tied a career-high with 10 assists for the Liberty, which broke a three-game losing streak with the win and defeated Los Angeles for the first time since 2001.

* MERCURY 76, SILVER STARS 69: Penny Taylor scored a game-high 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting, and Phoenix broke a season-high five-game losing streak in a victory in San Antonio.