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Comets 77, Monarchs 62

July 13, 2000

HOUSTON (AP) _ Sheryl Swoopes had 25 points, nine rebounds and five assists, and the Houston Comets closed with a 13-0 run over the final 5:05 to beat the Sacramento Monarchs 77-62 Wednesday night.

Yolanda Griffith scored 22 points _ 14 in the first half _ as the three-time WNBA champion Comets improved to league-best 19-2 mark.

Both teams struggled to maintain a lead in the first half until the Monarchs (13-7) began a 14-2 run to take a 29-20 advantage, their biggest of the game.

Houston answered right back, though, with a 15-2 run to take a 35-31 lead at halftime.

Sacramento regained the lead at the start of the second half with a 10-2 run, but the Comets quickly took it right back and never trailed again.

The Monarchs managed to tie the game twice more and trailed by only two, 64-62, with 5:05 left to play, before Houston went on its game-ending run.

Cynthia Cooper (17), Tina Thompson (15) and Tiffani Johnson (10) also reached double figures for the Comets. Ruthie Bolton-Holifield and Tangela Smith added 12 and 11 points, respectively, for the Monarchs.

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