Sonics Nearly Topple Lagging Lakers 106-99

Slumping Seattle comes close, but Lakers want it more
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 28, 2007 3:38 AM CST
Seattle SuperSonics' Kevin Durant, shoots over Los Angeles Lakers' Derek Fisher during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles,Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2007. The Lakers won 106-99. (AP Photo/Chris...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – It was two very young teams battling in the Staples Center last night, but the Lakers had Kobe Bryant on their side, while the SuperSonics just had a 12-loss monkey on their back, the Los Angeles Times reports. A 54-54 halftime tie evolved into a 106-99 Lakers victory, keeping Seattle definitively at the bottom of the NBA barrel.

Kevin Durant had 25 points for the Sonics, and Chris Wilcox followed with 18, but Bryant's 35 and Lamar Odom's 20 kept the Lakers ahead even with Seattle's bench outscoring LA's 33-23. Victory-hungry California fans expressed their displeasure with the Lakers' dismal start (to the season and game), but the end result and the free tacos eventually satisfied.