LOS ANGELES, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- The Seattle SuperSonics hung around till the end Tuesday yet couldn't find a way to counter Kobe Bryant, who scored 35 points in the LA Lakers' 106-99 win.
The Sonics have now lost 11 of their 13 games this season, including their last five. The Lakers used Seattle's futility to break their own three-game losing streak.
After a closely contested first quarter that saw six ties and seven lead changes, the Lakers edged ahead 30-25 going into the second period. But Seattle battled back to tie it at 54-54 at the half.
The Lakers used a 9-2 run in the third quarter to take a double-digit lead but the Sonics pulled back to within 68-64. But they faded and Los Angeles led 85-73 going into the fourth quarter and kept them at bay the rest of the way.