ANAHEIM, Calif., Oct. 12 (Ticker) -- The Los Angeles Lakers hope that their preseason opener was not a preview of things to come.

Kobe Bryant scored a game-high 35 points -- nearly half of Los Angeles' output -- but the Seattle Supersonics rallied from a 14-point third-quarter deficit to post an 87-80 victory over the Lakers in the preseason opener for both teams.

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Bryant scored 20 points in the first half to lead the Lakers to a 44-34 halftime advantage. Los Angeles pushed the lead to 52-38, but Ray Allen scored 13 of his 25 points in the third quarter as the Supersonics took a 61-60 lead into the fourth. The Lakers never really threatened in the final quarter.

After losing to the Detroit Pistons in five games in the NBA Finals, the Lakers essentially chose Bryant over center Shaquille O'Neal, re-signing Bryant to a seven-year, $134 million deal, while dealing O'Neal to the Miami Heat.

Coach Phil Jackson, who allegedly did not get along with Bryant, was replaced by Rudy Tomjanovich, whose system is better suited to the guard's talents, in the offseason.

In addition to O'Neal, guards Gary Payton and Derek Fisher and forward Karl Malone did not return from last season's squad.

Stanislav Medvedenko was the only other Laker to score in double figures with 12 points, while Lamar Odom, who came over in the O'Neal trade, scored just six.