NBA Game Summary - Seattle at LA Lakers
(Thursday, November 24th)
Final Score: LA Lakers 108, Seattle 96
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Kobe Bryant scored 29 of his 34 points in the second half as the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Seattle SuperSonics, 108-96, at the Staples Center.
Bryant scored 14 in the third and 15 in the fourth for the Lakers, who ended a two-game losing streak. Lamar Odom added 23 points, 12 rebounds and six assists for Los Angeles, which had all five starters score in double figures on its way to just its second win in seven contests.
Rashard Lewis had 32 points for the Sonics, who have dropped two in a row after winning three straight. Ray Allen had 19 points for Seattle, which struggled in the second half.
After trailing by eight at halftime the Lakers started to climb back into the game. Los Angeles had the deficit cut in half just over four minutes into the third and then went on a 9-2 run to take the lead.
Odom started the burst with a free throw and Brian Cook capped it with a bucket just under the five minute mark for a 62-59 lead. During the run, Bryant's three-pointer midway through the stanza gave the Lakers a 58-57 edge.
Later, after the Sonics tied it a 62-62, a pair of Odom free throws put the Lakers ahead for good. Then, Bryant sparked an 11-4 run to end the third, turning a one-point lead, 68-67, into a 79-71 cushion heading into the final 12 minutes.
In the fourth, Seattle drew within 83-76, but LA went on a 10-2 run to put the game away. Bryant had seven points during the burst, ending it with a three for a 93-78 advantage.
The Sonics never threatened after that as their three-game win streak versus the Lakers came to an end.
"Unusual game tonight," said Lakers head coach Phil Jackson. "We had nice energy in the second half. The defense played much better. We rode the wave of Kobe."
Cook ended with a season-high 17 points. Smush Parker tallied 16 points and eight boards and Chris Mihm rounded out the double-figure scorers for the Lakers with 12 points. LA starters combined to score 102 of the 108 points.
"I made the shots I should have and was able to control the boards," said Odom. "I made free throws tonight, that made a difference. Hopefully we will keep the same energy for the next game."
The Lakers led 24-19 after one quarter, but found themselves behind the Sonics 51-43 at halftime.
Vladimir Radmanovic had 13 points and nine boards for the Sonics...Seattle shot 41.8 percent from the field for the game...LA hit 44 percent of its shots...Parker's rebound total marks a career-high.
11/25 02:10:20 ET