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A late rally fails to lift Orlando over Seattle

Simone Edwards made a 15-foot shot with 32.9 seconds left, lifting Seattle over the Miracle 79-76 in a WNBA game Thursday night.

Edwards' shot extended the Storm's lead after Orlando pulled within 74-73 on Shannon Johnson's layup with 58 seconds left.

Seattle's Lauren Jackson had a career-high 27 points, including three free throws in the last 20 seconds to keep Seattle (11-13) in front. Edwards finished with 18 points and nine rebounds.

"Hopefully this win will get us going," Jackson said. "I felt like we needed a big game and I wanted to be a part of it. I didn't know how many I had, I just knew that I was hot."

The Australian was the top overall pick in the 2001 draft.

"Lauren's tough," Miracle coach Dee Brown said. "She's 6 feet 5, and she can put the ball on the floor. If we put our post players on her, she'd go right around them."

Johnson led Orlando (10-13) with 17, and Wendy Palmer finished with 15 points and seven rebounds.


BROADCASTERS SET: Bill Walton and Tom Tolbert are heading from NBC to ABC and ESPN to call NBA games, and Charles Barkley signed a multiyear deal with TNT that will put him on CNN's TalkBack Live.

Hall of Famer Walton, an NBC analyst since 1992, will team with play-by-play announcer Brad Nessler for ABC and ESPN, which, along with TNT, are starting a six-year, $4.6-billion TV rights deal with the league next season.

Tolbert, who played in the league from 1988-95, will join Mike Tirico as an ABC studio analyst and will be a game analyst. Walton and Nessler will be the lead duo for ABC's coverage and for ESPN's Wednesday games.

"With the NBA returning to ABC Sports for the first time in nearly three decades, we have assembled an announce crew that provides credibility and instant name recognition," ABC Sports president Howard Katz said.

ABC will air as many as 15 regular-season games and some playoff games on Sundays, including the NBA Finals in prime time. ESPN will air 75 regular-season games, with one each Wednesday night and a doubleheader Friday nights, as well as some playoff games.