Monday, January 3

Sonics withstand Heat, 98-96

Miami Heat's Eddie Jones, left, is fouled by Seattle SuperSonics' Nick Collison in the first quarter Monday, Jan. 3, 2005, in Miami. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
Eddie Jones faces the Sonics' dreaded 15-Finger Defense

The Seattle Supersonics beat the Miami Heat 98-96 Monday night in Miami to end the Heat's franchise-record 14-game winning streak. Miami had a chance to send the game to O.T., but with 0.4 seconds remaining, Eddie Jones missed two out of three free throws that would have tied the game.

Miami had several chances to win or tie the game down the stretch, but were denied each time by the tough Sonics "D". Jones missed a desperation three with 0.4 seconds left on the clock, but was fouled (Nooooo!!!) by Rashard Lewis.

With a chance to tie the game, E.J. took the ball, strode right up to the free throw line and, without pausing to contemplate the importance of the shot he was about to take, tossed up a rushed and off-target free throw, thereby sealing Miami's doom.

The two teams will have a rematch this Sunday back in Seattle.

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