MIAMI (AP) -- The Seattle SuperSonics did not show any fatigue despite playing their fourth road game in five nights.
Rashard Lewis had 24 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks, and
Gary Payton scored 20 -- including a key 3-pointer late in the
fourth -- as Seattle defeated the Miami Heat 84-82 Saturday night.
"For this team to play as hard as they did, with four games in five nights, against a tough Miami team, I liked their effort,'' Sonics' coach Nate McMillan said.
Seattle snapped a two-game losing streak, in part because Miami
attempted only four free throws, making two.
"It was important for us to win this game tonight and stop a little bit of the bleeding,'' said Brent Barry, who was 4-for-5 from behind the 3-point line and scored 14 points.
Eddie Jones scored 23 points for the Heat, but in the last five
seconds he had a potential game-tying shot blocked by Desmond Mason
and then missed a 3-pointer as time expired.
"It looked like we were going into overtime, but it took that
kind of effort to win this game,'' McMillan said of the block.
"I was fouled without a doubt,'' Jones said about the play.
"There was definite contact and I thought for sure I would get
Pat Riley was ejected in third quarter after yelling at a
referee. He was unhappy with a foul called on Mike James on a layup
by Payton that tied the game at 62.
"I got thrown out for the game while commenting on the
discrepancy in the free throw ratio,'' Riley said.
It was Riley's fourth ejection as coach of the Heat. He was ejected twice when he was coach of the New York Knicks, and was never ejected while coaching the Los Angeles Lakers.
"We wanted to be plus-20 at the free throw line, and we were,''
Before the game, Riley said that when it came to Payton, "you
have to contain him from having one of those monster games.'' The
Heat were able to hold Payton to 29 percent shooting.
The Heat won both meetings against the Sonics last season in overtime ... Anthony Carter made his first start of the season after missing the first four games with strep throat and a stiff
neck. He had four assists in the first four minutes and finished with eight ... Travis Best did not play after spraining his ankle on Nov 5. ... The Sonics played their fourth road game in five nights. It was the Heat's second game -- both at home -- over the same period of time.