Comets beat Sky, 79-65

July 27, 2008 6:42:59 AM PDT
Tina Thompson scored 16 points and Roneeka Hodges added 15 for the Houston Comets, who beat the Chicago Sky 79-65 Saturday night to complete a sweep of a five-game homestand. Rookie Matee Ajavon (13 points), Shannon Johnson (12 points) and Sancho Lyttle (11 points) also scored in double digits for Houston (14-12), which moved into a tie with Los Angeles for the fourth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

The Comets, who won't play again until after the Olympics break, beat Minnesota, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Detroit and Chicago in the team's first five-game winning streak of the season. Houston had a four-game streak snapped at Connecticut on July 1.

Chicago's Candice Dupree made nine of her 15 shots and finished with a season-high tying 28 points. Leading scorer Jia Perkins added 15 points for Chicago (8-17), which has lost seven straight on the road.

The Sky, who beat Houston twice in 2007, have not won away from home since July 1 at Minnesota.

Chicago cut into the Comets' game-high, 15-point lead, and Dupree made a pair of free throws to make it 48-41 with 4:41 left in the third period.

But Ajavon paced the Comets with four points in a 6-2 Houston run to push the lead back to 11 with 1:56 remaining.

Perkins then hit back-to-back 3-pointers to trim the deficit to five, with 40.6 seconds to go in the third.

Houston pulled away in the fourth as Hodges and Johnson converted turnovers into back-to-back 3s with less than 5 minutes left in the game.

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