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Sonics best Bucks

Posted: Monday, December 15, 2003

SEATTLE The Seattle SuperSonics' latest victory might have come at a high price.

Ronald Murray scored 23 points and rookie Richie Frahm added a career-high 17, leading Seattle to a 108-102 comeback victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday.

Seattle's leading scorer, Rashard Lewis, played just three minutes in the second half after straining his left shoulder in the third quarter. He finished with 10 points and four rebounds in 25 minutes.

The slightly built 6-foot-10 Lewis has been bothered by left-shoulder injuries during his six-year career in Seattle. He did not miss any games last season, but sat out two playoff games in 2001-02 because of a partially dislocated left shoulder.

''I probably could have gone back in,'' said Lewis, who is averaging 19.8 points in 20 games.

Lewis said he was injured going for a rebound and had some soreness after the game.

''I had my left arm extended all the way up. I didn't even get hit that hard,'' said Lewis, who might have an MRI on Monday.

Injured star Ray Allen hasn't played this season, and Sonics coach Nate McMillan doesn't want to have to play games without his two best players.

With Lewis sidelined for most of the second half, Murray and Frahm stepped up, and Vladimir Radmanovic added 17 for the Sonics, who rallied from an 18-point first-half deficit.

Murray, averaging 19.3 points as Seattle's second-ranked scorer, has been used off the bench in recent games as McMillan has gone instead with Brent Barry and Antonio Daniels as his starting backcourt.

Michael Redd had 27 points, and Tim Thomas playing for the first time after missing nine games with a sprained left ankle scored 19 for Milwaukee. Rookie point guard T.J. Ford added 17 for the Bucks.

Heat 90, Raptors 89

TORONTO Dwyane Wade scored 23 points, including the go-ahead jumper with 28 seconds left, and had a key block on Vince Carter to lead Miami to its third straight victory.

Brian Grant added 19 points and 13 rebounds for the Heat, and Lamar Odom had 17 points and 16 rebounds.

Donyell Marshall scored 25 points for the Raptors, who have lost two straight games after winning five in a row.

Jazz 94, 76ers 86

PHILADELPHIA Andrei Kirilenko scored 30 points and Matt Harpring added 27 for Utah.

The 76ers played without Allen Iverson, the NBA's leading scorer at 28.9 points per game, He sat out for the second time in three games because of swelling in his right knee.

Carlos Arroyo added 15 points to help the Jazz win for only the second time in nine road games. Kenny Thomas led the 76ers with 16 points and Derrick Coleman and Kyle Korver each had 14.

Knicks 89, Wizards 87

NEW YORK Kurt Thomas put aside his anger about losing his starting job and drew a key charging foul with 15.6 seconds left to help New York beat Washington.

Allan Houston tied his season high with 39 points, scoring 11 in the fourth quarter as the Knicks ran almost every play for him. Larry Hughes had 19 points for Washington, but made two poor plays on the offensive end in the final 16 seconds committing a charging foul against Thomas, then taking an off-balance 2-pointer and looking for a bailout call with his team trailing by three.

Kings 107, Suns 102

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Peja Stojakovic tied a season high with 36 points, helping rally the Sacramento Kings to a 107-102 victory over the struggling Phoenix Suns on Sunday night.

Brad Miller added 17 points, Doug Christie had 14, and Bobby Jackson had 13 points and nine rebounds for the Kings, who have won four straight and now 13-1 at home.

Stojakovic put Sacramento ahead for good at 100-98, making a short baseline jumper with 4:16 remaining. He hit five 3-pointers, made 11 of 22 shots and all nine free throws.

Shawn Marion had 28 points and 12 rebounds for Phoenix, which lost its sixth straight game.



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