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11.28.2007

Lakers beat Sonics to end their losing streak

Fortunately for the Lakers, the end of their three-game losing streak came Tuesday against the overmatched Seattle SuperSonics, in a tight clash at halftime turning into a 106-99 sigh of relief for the Lakers at Staples Center.

The popular Kobe Bryant scored six of his 35 points in the final 3:51 and the Lakers overcame three turnovers in the final 1 1-2 minutes to beat Seattle on Tuesday night.

The young Kevin Durant had 25 points for Seattle, 12 of them in the final 6:05. But it wasn't enough to recover from a 15-point fourth-quarter deficit.

"They made it closer than I thought they were going to," Lakers coach Phil Jackson stated. "I didn't like the way we finished this up. We had a 15-point lead, then we were wandering around defensively and started doing some things I didn't like. It's the sign of a young team that's still unbridled and still undisciplined. I'm not happy with that game, but it was a triumph."

We must consider that the Sonics are a league-worst 2-13 in their first season under coach P.J. Carlesimo - matching the poorest start in franchise history. They began their inaugural 1967-68 season 2-14 under Al Bianchi. Seattle has lost 14 consecutive games against Western Conference teams, including five ones last season.

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