LOS ANGELES—The Los Angeles Lakers played the Seattle Supersonics on Tuesday night, the teams' first match-up since a pre-season bout that saw Ray Allen question Kobe Bryant's leadership ability. Bryant did all he could, scoring 35 points and grabbing nine rebounds, but he was out done by Rashard Lewis's career high 37 points. Lewis scored 17 of his points in the first quarter, initiating a gap that allowed the Sonics to defeat the Lakers 108-93. The Lakers (12-9) dropped to third in the Pacific standings, and have a road record of 4-6.
The Lakers have recently signed free agent guard Tony Bobbit, originally signed during the off-season as a rookie coming out of the University of Cincinnati. He averaged 6.9 PPG after playing in seven preseason games. Anticipating the future, the Lakers decided to trade Kareem Rush (guard) to the Charlotte Bobcats in exchange for two future second round draft picks. Last season Rush averaged 6.4 PPG and 1.3 rebounds.
The Lakers are home for their next two games with a Monday match-up against the Memphis Grizzlies and Wednesday game against the New Orleans Hornets.
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