Seattle 87, L.A. Lakers 80
ANAHEIM, Calif., Oct. 12 (Ticker) --
The Los Angeles Lakers hope
that their preseason opener was not a preview of things to come.
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
, 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
forward Karl Malone
did not return from last season's squad.
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.