Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 12/14

Game 1: Tuesday, December 14th
Game 2: Tuesday, January 25th
Game 3: Sunday, March 20th
Game 4: Friday, April 8th

SuperSonics 102

(45-20, 23-9 away)

Lakers 100

(32-34, 21-13 home)

    Coverage: FSW

    6:30 PM ET, March 20, 2005

    STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    SEA 27 19 25 31102
    LAL 23 18 22 37100

    Top Performers

    Seattle: R. Lewis 27 Pts, 11 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 4 Blk

    Los Angeles: K. Bryant 30 Pts, 5 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl

    Seattle (44-20) at LA Lakers (32-33) 9:30 pm EST

    LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- After a miserable road trip that put a serious dent in the Los Angeles Lakers' playoff chances, the club returns home to host the Seattle SuperSonics on Sunday.

    Following a pair of wins to open their six-game swing, the Lakers dropped four in a row to fall below .500 for the first time since they were 3-4.

    To make matters worse, Los Angeles may be without the services of forward Lamar Odom, who left Friday's 103-97 loss at Indiana with a strained left shoulder. Odom was to be re-evaluated this weekend.

    Chucky Atkins scored 23 points but star guard Kobe Bryant had just 12 in Friday's setback as the Lakers fell 2 1/2 games behind the Denver Nuggets in the race for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

    Bryant averaged 34.0 points in the two wins on the road trip but slumped to score just 19.0 on 34 percent shooting in the four straight losses.

    The Sonics are closing in on clinching the Northwest Division title, holding a 10-game lead with 18 to play.

    After losing three in a row earlier this month, Seattle has rebounded to win three of its last four, including a 98-90 win over the Orlando Magic on Friday.

    Ray Allen matched a season high with 38 points as the Sonics snapped a three-game slide at home despite playing without Vladimir Radmanovic, who will miss 4-6 weeks with a stress fracture in his right leg.

    Radmanovic and Allen combined for 51 points in Seattle's 104-93 win over Los Angeles on January 25.