James' 34 can't rescue Cavs against SuperSonics

Posted: Monday, January 17, 2005

SEATTLE — 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 on Sunday night.

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, the league's No. 7 scorer, had seven points in the fourth quarter to help hold off the Cavs and James.

Allen drove the baseline and hit a 5-footer with 1:38 left, giving Seattle a 94-88 lead and, after James made a 3-pointer with 1:28 remaining, hit a 3-pointer with 1:12 to go to put the Sonics in front 97-91.

James had a dunk with 30.8 seconds to go, 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 28.4 seconds. Drew Gooden had a pair of baskets in the final 21.6 seconds.

Gooden finished with 27 points for Cleveland.

The Sonics outrebounded the Cavs 50-31.

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 starts.

In the third quarter, the Cavs grabbed a 72-63 lead with 3:17 remaining, but Danny Fortson scored on a fastbreak layup to tie the score at 74 with 33.9 seconds left. Seattle outscored Cleveland 13-3 in the final three minutes to take a 76-75 lead after three periods.

The Sonics played their second straight game without forward Rashard Lewis, who is out with tendinitis in his right knee. Lewis, the team's second-leading scorer, was replaced in the starting lineup by Daniels.

The Sonics don't know when they'll get Lewis, who's averaging 20.6 points. He tested his left knee in a workout before the game, but it was too sore to play.

Raptors 102, Hornets 99

TORONTO — Chris Bosh had 24 points, 10 rebounds and two key blocks down the stretch, leading the Toronto Raptors past the New Orleans Hornets 102-99 on Sunday.

New Orleans point guard Baron Davis left late in the third quarter with a bruised right ankle and did not return.

Lee Nailon scored a career-high 32 points for the Hornets but missed two shots and had two blocked by Bosh in the final three minutes.

Morris Peterson had 25 points and 10 rebounds for Raptors, who are 7-7 since trading Vince Carter to New Jersey on Dec 17. Jalen Rose added 19 points off the bench, and Bosh finished with his seventh straight double-double.

Rafer Alston's two free throws with 1:15 left gave Toronto its first lead since the second quarter. Dan Dickau missed badly on a 3-pointer that could have tied it at the buzzer.


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