Tuesday , Dec , 14 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Bryant and Allen battle at KeyArena

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – The Los Angeles Lakers try to win three games
in a row for the first time this season, as they visit All-Star Ray Allen and
the Seattle SuperSonics at KeyArena.

On Sunday, Jumaine Jones scored 22 of his 25 points in the second quarter and
his clutch three-pointer with 1:59 left helped the Lakers to a 105-98 win over
the Orlando Magic at the Staples Center. Jones, who went 6-for-6 from behind
the arc in the second quarter, drained his seventh three of the game late in
the fourth quarter to extend Los Angeles’ lead to 100-96. Then, with the score
102-98, Jones grabbed a key rebound off a Kobe Bryant miss with 31 seconds
remaining to extend the possession and allow the Lakers to increase their
lead.

Jones shot 9-of-11 from the field and 7-of-8 from three-point land in the win
over Seattle. Bryant finished with 22 points, eight rebounds and six assists
for the Lakers, who have won two straight and three of four. Chris Mihm added
25 points and a career-high 14 rebounds for Los Angeles, which split the
season series against the Magic. Lamar Odom ended with 15 points, eight
rebounds and five assists for the Lakers, who overcame a deficit as big as 12
points to defeat Orlando.

Bryant leads the Lakers in scoring (26.8 ppg) and assists (6.9 apg). He is
second on the team in rebounding at 7.5 boards per game. The 26-year-old
Bryant, who has recorded three triple-doubles this season, has scored 20 or
more points in 18 of LA’s 20 games.

The Lakers are 4-5 on the road this season. Los Angeles visits the Sacramento
Kings on Thursday before returning to the Staples Center for a six-game
homestand.

The Sonics come into tonight’s contest with an impressive 9-1 record as the
host this season. On Saturday, Seattle lost its first home game of the season,
as it fell to Gary Payton and the Boston Celtics, 98-84.

Rashard Lewis led the way with 19 points for the Sonics in Saturday’s loss.
Two of Seattle’s four losses this season have come to Boston. Forward Danny
Fortson collected 16 points and 11 rebounds in a losing cause.

Allen, who finished with 16 points against Boston, has scored in double-digits
in all 21 of Seattle’s games. A four-time All-Star, Allen leads the Sonics in
scoring at 23.8 points per game.

In 2003-04, the Lakers won three of the four contests with the SuperSonics.
Overall, the home team has won eight of the last nine meetings in this series.
The Lakers have won three straight and seven of the last 10 contests. These
two teams have split the last six meetings at Seattle. The Lakers have lost
five of their last eight at Seattle.

LAL SEA