Allen and Sonics down Lakers
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – Ray Allen poured in a game-high 32 points to
go along with six assists, as the Seattle SuperSonics won their first game of
the season after besting the Los Angeles Lakers, 117-101.
Rashard Lewis added 25 points and six rebounds while shooting 6-of-10 from
three-point range for the Sonics, who had dropped their first two games to
start the season.
Luke Ridnour added 22 points and seven assists in the win.
Kobe Bryant, playing in his second game of the season after missing the
Lakers’ first two games of the season, had 15 points on 4-of-10 shooting as
the Lakers lost for the first time in four games this season.
Jordan Farmar added 14 points off the bench while Andrew Bynum had 13.
Seattle shot 51.9 percent in the game, including a blistering 12-of-20 from
beyond the arc. Los Angeles, in comparison, hit on just 8-of-25 from three-
After carrying an eight-point lead into the half, Seattle outscored Los
Angeles 38-23 in the third quarter to open up a commanding lead.
Seattle opened up the third by scoring 12 of the frame’s first 16 points and
after a Smush Parker layup made it a 69-55 Laker deficit, the Sonics exploded
with an 11-0 run. The burst was capped with a three-pointer by Ridnour that
gave Seattle a 25-point edge at 80-55 with 6:26 left in the frame.
A Ridnour three-pointer later stretched Seattle’s lead to 88-62 with 3:16
remaining in the third and Earl Watson capped the frame’s scoring with a
jumper as time expired to send Seattle into the fourth with a 95-72 advantage.
The Lakers got going in the final stanza as a 14-2 run cut their deficit to
102-90. Farmar started the burst with a three-point play while five straight
points from Sasha Vujacic and a free throw by Lamar Odom with 6:08 left capped
Allen stopped the bleeding as he drove to the lane and was fouled with 5:18 to
go. Bryant picked up a technical on the play for spiking the ball after the
foul and Allen hit all three attempts from the free throw line to give Seattle
a 15-point edge.
LA then failed to muster another serious attack as Seattle cruised to the win.
The Lakers had a shooting touch to start the game as LA hit its first seven
shots to start the game with Bynum’s dunk giving the Lakers an 18-10 lead with
A jumper by Farmar later pushed the Lakers’ lead to 27-18, but Seattle
responded with a 7-0 run to get within two points with 2:37 left in the frame
and LA carried just a 31-29 edge into the second frame.
Seattle, though, had the hot hand in the second frame.
The Sonics netted the quarter’s first 11 points, as Watson followed an Allen
three-pointer with a bucket to make it 40-31 in favor of Seattle with just
over nine minutes to go until halftime.
Two free throws by Bryant with over three minutes left pulled the Lakers to
within 50-44 as the teams rolled into the break.
The game was the back end of a home-and-home set that saw the Lakers top
Seattle 118-112 in LA on Friday…Bryant had nine assists while Odom finished
with 11 points and seven boards…Watson ended with 12 points off the
bench…The Lakers shot 49.3 percent from the floor in the game.