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A late rally fails to lift Orlando over Seattle

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July 26, 2002

ORLANDO -- Simone Edwards made a 15-foot shot with 32.9 seconds left, lifting Seattle over the Miracle 79-76 in a WNBA game Thursday.

Edwards' shot extended the Storm's lead after Orlando pulled within 74-73 on Shannon Johnson's layup with 58 seconds left.

Seattle's Lauren Jackson had a career-high 27, including three free throws in the last 20 seconds to keep Seattle in front. Edwards finished with 18 points and nine rebounds.

"Hopefully this win will get us going," Jackson said. "I felt like we needed a big game and I wanted to be a part of it. I didn't know how many I had, I just knew that I was hot."

SACRAMENTO 81, PORTLAND 80 (2OT): Yolanda Griffith had 22 points and 14 rebounds, and the host Monarchs scored all of their points in the second overtime on free throws. The Monarchs made 12 of 14 in the second overtime.

Ruthie Bolton led Sacramento in the first overtime, scoring six. In the second overtime, she scored inside to put the Monarchs up 75-72 with 1:31 left.

DETROIT 64, WASHINGTON 58: Swin Cash had 17 points and eight rebounds as the host Shock rallied over the East-leading Mystics.

Astou Ndiaye-Diatta added 12 points and 12 rebounds to help the Shock improve to 5-8 since former Pistons player Bill Laimbeer replaced Greg Williams as coach.

The Mystics fell to 5-4 without All-Star forward Chamique Holdsclaw. She is expected to return from a severely sprained left ankle Saturday.

HOUSTON 69, MIAMI 60: Janeth Arcain scored 22 and Tina Thompson added 18 as the Comets won their 10th straight at home. Sheri Sam led the Sol with 17. Miami shot 44 percent, but had 17 turnovers and was outrebounded 27-22.

CLEVELAND 83, CHARLOTTE 73: Merlakia Jones scored 23 and Chasity Melvin had 15 points and 10 rebounds to help the Rockers end a three-game losing streak. Andrea Stinson scored 14 for Charlotte, which lost for the third time in 13 home games.


IVERSON UPDATE: Allen Iverson's lawyers appeared before two Philadelphia judges in a prelude to Monday's preliminary hearing on whether criminal charges against the 76ers guard will stand. They were seeking copies of the statements complainants made to police so they could fully cross-examine them.

Iverson and his uncle, Gregory Iverson, are charged with barging into a West Philadelphia apartment with a gun while searching for Allen Iverson's wife on July 3.

Municipal Court Judge James M. DeLeon, who will conduct Monday's hearing, ordered prosecutors to turn over the statements because inspectors leaked them to the media "before they were used in the affidavits for an arrest warrant." Judge Carolyn Engel Temin overturned the decision and said Iverson's lawyers could see the statements during the hearing.

BROADCASTERS SET: Bill Walton and Tom Tolbert are heading from NBC to ABC and ESPN to call NBA games, and Charles Barkley signed a multiyear deal with TNT that will put him on CNN's TalkBack Live.

Hall of Famer Walton, an NBC analyst since 1992, will team with play-by-play announcer Brad Nessler for ABC and ESPN, which, along with TNT, are starting a six-year, $4.6-billion TV rights deal with the league next season.

Tolbert, who played in the league from 1988-95, will join Mike Tirico as an ABC studio analyst and will be a game analyst. Walton and Nessler will be the lead duo for ABC's coverage and for ESPN's Wednesday games.

BUCKS: Terry Stotts, an assistant coach the past four seasons, left the team.

JAZZ: Free-agent shooting guard Calbert Cheaney, who played with Denver last season, signed.

LAKERS: Guard Brian Shaw agreed to a one-year contract for the minimum $1.03-million, the Los Angeles Times reported.

76ERS: Guard Greg Buckner, who played three seasons with Dallas, signed a six-year, $18-million contract, and forward Monty Williams, who played the past three years with Orlando, signed a two-year deal.

WARRIORS: Golden State will name Atlanta assistant Eric Musselman coach today, the Associated Press reported. Musselman, the 37-year-old son of former Minnesota coach Bill Musselman, will sign a three-year contract with the Warriors, who have not made the playoffs or had a winning season since 1994.

ROOKIE GETS ADIDAS DEAL: Chicago rookie guard Jay Williams, the second overall draft pick from Duke, signed a sponsorship deal with adidas. The company did not to exercise a two-year extension with the Lakers' Kobe Bryant earlier this month.

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