Originally created 01/18/00

Payton trey lifts Seattle



LOS ANGELES -- Gary Payton's 3-pointer with 15.9 seconds remaining capped a 36-point performance and lifted the Seattle SuperSonics over the Los Angeles Lakers 82-81 Monday.

The win was the fifth straight for the SuperSonics since they blew a 19-point third-quarter lead in a 110-100 loss to the Lakers at Seattle on Jan. 8.

After Payton's game-winning shot from near the top of the key, Kobe Bryant missed a jumper from the right baseline with about seven seconds left. Robert Horry missed a flying dunk attempt off the rebound, and the ball went out of bounds to Seattle with 1.8 seconds to play.

The Lakers stole the inbounds pass, but were unable to get a shot off before time expired.

Payton, whose points total was two short of his career high and equaled his season best, also had seven assists and six rebounds.

Brent Barry added 17 points and Ruben Patterson, a former Laker, had 15 for Seattle.

Shaquille O'Neal led the Lakers with 30 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. Bryant added 15 points and a career-high 14 rebounds.

Glen Rice, who had 13 points, made a jumper from the left corner with 2:51 to play gave the Lakers a 79-78 lead. Payton's foul shot a little over a minute later tied it.

Rice made a free throw with 1:22 left to give the Lakers an 80-79 lead, and O'Neal made another free throw with 30.2 seconds left to make it 81-79 and set the stage for Payton.

The Lakers, whose 32-7 record is the NBA's best, have lost just three of 27 games since Nov. 21.

Seattle's Vin Baker, averaging 17.4 points, was held to three points and committed eight turnovers but also had 13 rebounds.

With Payton leading the way, the Sonics outscored the Lakers 15-2 over the final 4:43 of the third quarter for a 66-62 lead. That came after the Lakers opened the period with a 15-5 spurt.

Payton scored the game's first five points, and Seattle's first seven. By the time the first period was finished, he had 12, and the Sonics had a 28-25 lead.

Rice's 3-point shot midway through the second quarter gave the Lakers their first lead. It was 41-37 when the Sonics scored nine straight points -- five by Barry -- to put them ahead by five. Seattle led 46-45 at halftime.

Hornets -- 115
Raptors -- 94

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Charlotte Hornets smiled again, thanks to one of the best runs in franchise history.

Playing their first home game since the death of co-captain Bobby Phills in a car wreck five days earlier, the Hornets rode a 25-0 surge to a victory over the Toronto Raptors.

The run was one point short of the club record for most consecutive points scored and it helped the Hornets end a seven-game losing skid. But those numbers were secondary on an emotional night when the team tried to take another step in its recovery from the shock of losing Phills.