L.A. Lakers 117, Seattle 91
SAN DIEGO, Oct. 25 (Ticker) --
After all of his talk about Kobe Bryant
didn't get the chance to back it up.
Caron Butler scored 18 points in 11 minutes to help the Los
Angeles Lakers extend their winning streak to three games with a
commanding 117-91 preseason victory over the Seattle
SuperSonics, who have lost five in a row.
Allen, who recently sounded off about Bryant's control over the
Lakers, missed the contest due to a sore lower back.
With Bryant scoring just two points in nine minutes, Butler was
11-of-12 from the free throw line in the first quarter and was
the only Los Angeles starter to score in double figures.
Midway through the first quarter, Lamar Odom hit a go-ahead
3-pointer to spark an 18-7 run for the Lakers, who never trailed
Los Angeles utilized a 19-8 run over the final six minutes of
the second quarter to open a 62-39 lead at the half.
Playing without the injured Devean George, Vlade Divac and
Stanislav Medvedenko, the Lakers' reserves scored 88 of the
Jumaine Jones had 15 points and rookie Tony Bobbitt added 14.
Playing in just his second game of the preseason, Kareem Rush
scored 11 as the Lakers avenged a loss to Seattle in their
Rookie Nick Collison had 14 points and nine rebounds for the
SuperSonics while fellow rookie Damien Wilkins -- son of former
NBA great Dominique Wilkins -- added 11 points off the bench.
Vladimir Radmanovic scored 13 and Danny Fortson had 10 points
and eight boards in just 17 minutes for Seattle, which also was
without Rashard Lewis, Ronald Murray and Vitaly Potapenko.