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.
Lamar Odom added 20 points for Los Angeles, while Andrew Bynum chipped in 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Derek Fisher had 14 points and eight assists.
Seattle got 25 points from Kevin Durant and 18 from Chris Wilcox. Kurt Thomas grabbed 13 rebounds to go with his seven points, while Earl Watson came off the bench to score 16.
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.
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