Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 2/22

Game 1: Tuesday, February 22nd
Game 2: Tuesday, March 8th
Game 3: Monday, April 11th
Game 4: Wednesday, April 20th

SuperSonics 78

(52-30, 26-15 away)

Rockets 106

(51-31, 26-15 home)

    7:30 PM ET, April 20, 2005

    Toyota Center, Houston, TX

    1 2 3 4 T
    SEA 24 14 19 2178
    HOU 28 28 34 16106

    Top Performers

    Seattle: R. Murray 22 Pts, 2 Reb, 4 Ast

    Houston: M. James 24 Pts, 1 Reb, 2 Ast

    James picks up slack for T-Mac; Sonics drop 10 of 14

    HOUSTON (AP) -- With Tracy McGrady watching from the sideline, Mike James scored 24 points to help the Houston Rockets close the regular season with their seventh straight win Wednesday night, 106-78 over the undermanned Seattle SuperSonics.

    McGrady missed the game because of back spasms, while Seattle's Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis sat out for the SuperSonics.

    The Rockets will open the playoffs Saturday against Dallas.

    Even without McGrady, the Sonics, who trailed by as many as 39, had no answer for the Rockets' offense. Six Rockets scored in double-digits and Houston was 11-of-16 from 3-point range for a season-high 68.8 percent.

    Yao Ming had 13 points in 23 minutes, Bob Sura scored 18 points and Jon Barry had 14.

    Houston led 28-24 after the first quarter and scored 13 straight points to start the second and the Sonics never threatened again.

    The game got completely out of hand midway through the third quarter when Houston went on an 12-3 run, fueled by 3s from David Wesley and Scott Padgett, to stretch its lead to 33 points.

    While the outcome was never in question in the second half, Seattle's Jerome James was good for adding a bit of drama to the night. He was called for two technicals and ejected by official Steve Javie after jawing with him over a foul with 7:13 left in the third. James had two points and two rebounds in 13 minutes.

    Allen sat out with a sprained right ankle and Lewis with tendinitis in his left knee. They scored 21 points apiece in Seattle's 101-96 loss to Dallas on Tuesday night.

    Ronald Murray led Seattle with 22 points and Vitaly Potapenko had 13 points. Seattle made a season-low two 3-pointers and shot 43 percent from the field. The Sonics have lost eight of their last 10 games entering Saturday's playoff opener against Sacramento.

    McGrady is listed as day-to-day.

    Game notes

    The Rockets winning streak is their second-longest of the season. Houston won eight in a row from Jan. 31-Feb. 15. ... Houston used its 15th different starting lineup of the season. ... The Rockets have won three straight games by 25 or more points.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 78 106
    FGM-FGA 31-72 (.431) 36-67 (.537)
    3PM-3PA 2-18 (.111) 11-16 (.688)
    FTM-FTA 14-18 (.778) 23-29 (.793)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-33 7-37
    Assists 16 19
    Turnovers 13 10
    Steals 3 7
    Blocks 5 4
    Fast Break Points 4 20
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (4/0) 18 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 2 39

    Top Performers

    Ronald Murray Murray
    Points: 22
    Reb: 2
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Mike James James
    Points: 24
    Reb: 1
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0