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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Bullets' Win Halts 17-Game Sunstroke


LANDOVER, Maryland -- On this edition of the Washington Bullets, Calbert Cheaney is almost a forgotten man. But when the Bullets went to end a 17-game losing streak to the Phoenix Suns, Cheaney was the man that the Bullets went to.

With the game tied with four seconds remaining in overtime, Cheaney took a pass from Rod Strickland and confidently sank a 13-foot baseline jumper that gave the Bullets a 115-113 win.

And by hitting that shot, Cheaney was able to restore full ownership of the Bullets to Abe Pollin. The Suns had claimed part ownership by winning those 17 straight games against the Bullets, dating to 1988.

It was the most balanced scoring attack of the year that helped the Bullets. Strickland scored 22 points and Juwan Howard 21 to lead Washington.

The Bullets appeared to have the game won at the end of regulation, after Howard hit two free throws with 12 seconds left for a 105-102 lead.

Phoenix, instead of going for the tie, tried to get two points as Danny Manning drove for a layup. The Suns got a huge break when Manning scored and was fouled by Chris Webber.

But Manning missed the free throw. And Webber, who was fouled after grabbing the rebound, hit two free throws with seven seconds left for a 107-104 lead.

That only gave Kevin Johnson enough time to hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key, tying the game at 107 with four seconds left.

Sonics 109, Nuggets 99. In Denver, Shawn Kemp had 26 points and 11 rebounds and Detlef Schrempf added 24 points to lead Seattle past Denver.

The Sonics won for the ninth time in their last 11 games, while the Nuggets lost their fourth straight at home. Denver is 4-12 at McNichols Arena -- the worst home record in the NBA.

Heat 85, Trail Blazers 81. In Portland, Oregon, Tim Hardaway scored 21 of his 28 points in the second half, including a clutch 21-footer with 15.8 seconds to go, as Miami won a foul-filled victory over Portland.

The Heat beat the Trail Blazers on the road for the first time in franchise history and ended Portland's five-game winning streak. The victory also snapped Miami's two-game road losing streak that followed 14 consecutive road wins.

Isaiah Rider scored 15 of his 17 points in the first half and sat out much of the second in foul trouble. Arvydas Sabonis had 17 points and 15 rebounds. ()

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