Final

Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 3)

Series starts 11/24

Game 1: Thursday, November 24th
SuperSonics96Final
Lakers108
Game 2: Sunday, March 12th
SuperSonics120Final
Lakers113
Game 3: Friday, March 31st
Lakers106Final
SuperSonics93

Lakers 106

(39-35, 18-21 away)

SuperSonics 93

(29-43, 18-18 home)

7:30 PM ET, March 31, 2006

Key Arena, Seattle, WA

1 2 3 4 T
LAL 23 29 29 25106
SEA 28 28 17 2093

Top Performers

Los Angeles: K. Bryant 43 Pts, 5 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

Seattle: R. Allen 29 Pts, 8 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl

Lakers look to bounce back against Sonics

SEATTLE (Ticker) -- The Los Angels Lakers hope to start a new winning streak and bolster their playoff hopes Friday when they visit the Seattle SuperSonics.

Ray & Kobe Renew The Rivalry:
Head-to-Head This Season
  Allen Bryant
Wins 1 1
Points per game 19.0 28.0
FG Pct. 43.8 36.4
Rebounds per game 8.0 3.5

The Lakers had their season-high four-game winning streak halted Thursday in a 96-85 home loss against San Antonio. The defeat also shaved Los Angeles' lead for the seventh seed in the Western Conference standings to 1 1/2 games over Sacramento.

Kobe Bryant scored 23 points but made only 9-of-26 shots. Thanks in large part to the pressure of Spurs defensive specialist Bruce Bowen, Bryant missed his last seven shots from the floor and did not score in the fourth quarter.

Lamar Odom scored seven of his 13 points in the fourth quarter when the Lakers cut their 18-point deficit to nine before the Spurs sealed the win.

Seattle is coming off one of its worst losses of the season, a 115-87 drubbing at Houston on Wednesday. All-Star Ray Allen had one of his worst games of the season, scoring just 10 points on 1-of-13 shooting.

Rashard Lewis did not play for the Sonics, who scored a season-low 10 points in the first quarter and trailed by as many as 40 points, because of a sprained right ankle. He is listed as questionable for Friday's contest.

Los Angeles and Seattle split their first two meetings of the season, both at the Staples Center. Friday's contest will be the only contest here this season between the teams.

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