Lakers try to close gap, but fall short to Kings

ESPN: Sacramento’s Beno Udrih made two free throws with 4 seconds remaining, and Los Angeles’ Kobe Bryant missed an 18-foot jumper at the buzzer Sunday night in the Kings’ 114-113 victory over the Lakers.

Udrih finished with 25 points and 10 assists for Sacramento, winning for just the second time in nine games in a stretch that included a defeat by the Lakers in Sacramento on Tuesday. Kevin Martin added 21 points for the Kings, and Ron Artest had 17.

Bryant scored 26 as the Lakers lost only their second in 15 games. Pau Gasol had 25 points, nine assists and eight rebounds for Los Angeles, and Lamar Odom had 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Both teams featured balanced scoring and not much defense. Francisco Garcia had 15 points for Sacramento, and Mikki Moore and Spencer Hawes 14 apiece.

Gasol’s layup with 15 seconds left gave the Lakers a 113-112 lead, but Sasha Vujacic fouled Udrih and he calmly sank both free throws. After a Lakers’ timeout, Bryant took the in-bounds pass, tried to drive, pulled up and his fadeaway jumper bounced off the rim.

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  • gugy

    Queens played really well.
    Lakers D was non-existent today.

    It’s all good, Hopefully they learned a lesson for the upcoming games.

    Go Lakers!

  • http://myspace.com/nugge7 The Nugget

    This game reminded me a lot of the Portland game, no defense whatsoever, Kings were just nailing their shots, and the ending was pretty much the same. *sigh*

    Will get them next time. :)

  • e

    i dont how many ppl yell and bit*h at me, we need to play farmar more and fisher less..he’s getting older and slower…and he doesnt play much defense anymore…udrih is not supposed to get that many points..its that simple..play farmar more, fisher less

  • Phant0M

    Farmar struggled today, therefore he got took out..

    BAD GAME. Hopefully we will learn a GOOD LESSON.

  • http://thelakersnation.com kb24 4life

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    i prefer fish 10 times more than jordan, although i like jordan, fish still plays very good in my opinion

  • dcb2069

    does anyone else think that kobe started his sequence too late? i know he gets the ball near the half court line a lot, but there was only 4 seconds. i thought he might have been rushed towards the end because he had his back to the basket for nearly a second. i know he keeps a mental clock in his head, but a mental clock isn’t the clock.

    i also wonder if giving the ball to pau was an option. in the past its obviously been kobe, but you know the defense is gonna key on him. pau needs about two or three dribbles to get into position for a shot. he uses both hands really well. plus, if he had to rush a shot, id rather rush a 6-7 footer than a turnaround fadeaway 20 footer. kobe did the best he could given the circumstances, but i cant help but wonder if the ball should have went to pau. no disrespect to kobe, but a shot from the post stands a higher chance of going in than a jumper with the entire team keyed in on you. as laker fans, were not used to this idea with a big man because in the past, they would’ve fouled our big man (shaq). you wouldn’t foul pau.

    im also getting concerned about kobes tech limit. i know hes competitive, but he cant shoot his mouth like that to the refs. we need him too much to lose him for a game in the playoffs. hopefully he gets the tech from a week or so ago overturned.

    lastly, sasha needs to stop flopping. he played well, but he has mental lapses from time to time. he flopped when he got “elbowed” (though ill take it), and he flopped when he got “pushed”, which ended up with him getting called for a foul. flopping gets you out of position defensively, and it’s not as if hes a big time player that will get the benefit of the doubt from the refs. more times than not, it hurts you. stu always says it about sasha and hes right–if you always complain and act, then they’ll never listen to you. my worst fear is him turning into a ginobli…without the point production (divac during his days with the kings?)

  • e

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    having fisher play this season is understandable, but next season, its important that you play farmar more bcuz its time for him to develop the starting position and for fisher to take it easier…he’s getting older and will eventually need to come off the bench

  • Mr. Juan / Your Warlock

    Man, there was a huge amount of non calls, against the Lakers, from the refs today, including the hack job on Gasol’s arm on his final shot to put the Lakers ahead with 14 seconds left. It is very frustrating to clearly get hacked on a high number of occasions, and the refs swallow their whistle…Hence the technical call on Kobe, and hack jobs on Gasol all game. This imbalance has a MAJOR impact on the game. Lakers win this game, fairly easily if the correct calls are made…Thus a (B.S., False Loss), instead of a (True, Deserving Win) on the record…”MAJOR IMPACT”

  • e

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    yeah absolutely..ridiculous

  • dcb2069

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    i have a feeling were gonna see a lot of farmar in the playoffs, which will be great for him.

  • Mr. Juan / Your Warlock

    Flopping such as Sasha purposely does, and complaining on most of the fouls he commits, are completely and totally different things. His in your face defense gets on the nerve of many a player and is a GOOD thing. On the complaining, he should only complain when he has a legitimate reason and NOT ON EVERY CALL, such as Stu puts it, for credibility issues with the refs.

  • LakersFirst (Change) (Close)

    Poor defense lost this game. The Lakers don’t deserve to win many games if they give up 114 points (especially 71 pts in the first half). I agree, hopefully this will be learning experience so they can play better defense.

  • Kobe’s Pinkie

    Poor defense!!! I think this loss may have truly slapped in the back of the head and taught them… PLAY A 48 MIN GAME!!!

    I expect them to come out strong and not slack off…

  • LytesOut

    …at least the Lakers came out with 0 injuries

  • dcb2069

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    flopping isn’t necessarily in-your-face-defense. its useful sometimes, but you have to know when to do it. in sasha’s case, that flop in the end made him a liability. when you fall and don’t get the call, its essentially 4v5. for example, fisher flops from time to time. he doesn’t do it much, but when he does, its much more believable. you don’t have to flop to get on the nerves of the other player.

    complaining and flopping are not two separate things. not by a mile. they go hand in hand. they both send a message to the refs, be it good or bad. if you’re always complaining, you won’t get the benefit of the doubt in crunch situations, like when you flop. seriously, you don’t think the ref saw sasha fall down and thought to himself “sasha complains on just about every call…i wont give him the benefit of the doubt”? referees hold grudges (just ask duncan), and few things piss them off more than a player who complains all day (just ask duncan). if that means letting a foul/flop go down the stretch, so be it. its unfortunate, but great defensive players adjust.

    getting flops called against you or in your favor is preceded by your reputation as a player, which, to a referee, is determined a lot by how you treat them when they make calls. they’re related. a lot.

  • Lakers4Life

    No defense at all. I turned off the TV after Halftime. They can not play like this in the playoffs.

  • domidomdomz

    Lakers will surely learn their lesson from this one..Lakers, Defense 101 Mode!!! HAHAHA!!!

    Go Lakers!!!
    BEAT TORONTO!!!

  • domz

    i was sad when i saw the score at nba.com, but that’s ok..We are still number 1 in the west and the lakers can prove themselves when they go to the 4 game road trip on friday!!!

    dont wory lakers fans..Im gonna beat sacramento later in nba live 08

    lakers will go 4-0 on the upcoming road trip..Believe guys..just believe

    and last thing, i really hate those ppol who are talking of trades after our beloved team loses a game..just calm down guys..we are all good..our team just needs to work on their D..hopefully, they’ll able to improve their D..that’s all..

    btw, please dont trade gasol for bosh..*sigh*

    GO LAKERS!!!

    and be the NBA CHAMPS for us and for yourselves!!!!

  • 187 ON BOSTON

    WE TRIED TO COAST THRU THE FIRST 3 QRTS AND TURN IT ON AT THE END THAT STYT DONT WORK ANY MORE. AND OUR DEFENSE WAS HORRIBLE. I WATCHED THE KINGS SCORE 8 BASKETS IN A ROW BY USING THE FIRST GUY TO GET THE BALL AND HAVING HIM TAKE IT RIGHT TO THE HOLE.JUST GET THE BALL AND TAKE IT RIGHT AT THEM. I THINK OUR TRANSITION DEFENSE NEEDS ALOT OF WORK. AND PAU SEEMS VERY, VERY, VERY SOFT ON DEFENSE. THIS KIND OF SHYT AINT GONNA FLY COME TIME FO THE PLAYOFFS

  • Michael_23

    Wasn’t Beno with the San Antonio Spurs for awhile? I think he got a few pointers from Tony Parker. He almost plays like him.

    The Lakers learned a huge lesson from this loss.

  • daboss1848

    No mention of this being another loss where we have a chance to win with a last second shot. Although it was great and refreshing to see the Lakers come back w/o KB’s usual control, there is much to be said for the Lakers’ lack of set play calls on out of bounds plays or last second options.

  • goofella

    i’m glad the lakers lost this game, their approaching every game like their ish don’t stink. hopefully this will knock some sense into them and bring them back to earth. you can’t lose the queens at home… on a side note, the machine is pissing me off and luke the fluke needs to be shipped out of LA, seriously what the hell is this fool doing in a lkaer uniform?

  • DCLAKER

    I know we don’t have people on this site talkin’ ’bout trade Pau for Bosh,HEEEEEELLLLL-TO-THE-NAH! I said it a while back,I DON’T CARE WHAT THEIR RECORD IS,A TEAM IS A TEAM ON ANY GIVING DAY YOU CAN BE BEATIN’. Forget any trades for now,unless we pick-up a player like Gerald Green(please pick up this guy,HAPPY B-DAY). SAVEGERALDGREEN.com,he doesn’t deserve to be Harold Minor.

  • FILOSOFREAK

    speaking of control, i broke my remote control by throwing it against the wall because i was witnessing a horendous defensive effort by a number one seed team. no excuse whatsoever.

    GO LAL

  • Short Diezel

    THIS WAS A DISGUSTING DISPLAY (or lack) OF DEFENSE.. ONE THING THAT EVERY CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM REQUIRES IS DEFENSE.. THIS IS WHY BYNUM AND ARIZA ARE SO CRUCIAL TO OUR CHAMPIONSHIP RUN.. WE WILL STRUGGLE IN THE PLAYOFFS IF WE KEEP DEFENDING LIKE WE DID LAST NIGHT

    THE LAKERS SHOULD OF LEARNED THEIR LESSON IN THE PORTLAND GAME.. THE KINGS DIDN’T EVEN HAVE ARTEST OR MILLER IN THE ENTIRE 4th quarter

    WE NEED TO COME OUT AGGRESSIVE FROM THE TIP-OFF ON BOTH ENDS OF THE COURT..

  • DCLAKER

    Let’s be honest,that last call on Sasha was some B!@#S@%&,FO’REAL!

  • as1084

    the lakers lack of defense lately is starting to worry me. they cant relax in the west. i can understand if we were in the east, but in the west you cant take games off and especially let these easy wins slip away cause we need to save our losses for the better teams if we want to grab the #1 seed. i dont see the urgency in them like we saw in february. oh well.

  • DCLAKER

    I don’t know why everybody so upset,did y’all think Sac was going to roll over and let LA win,NOT HAPPENIN’. Leave it to some of y’all fareweather fans who act like we’re out of the playoffs,IT’S ONE F!@#$%’LOSS. I agree we have to build momentum going on this 4 game road trip but THEY CAN’T WIN EVERY GAME,THIS IS NOT NEW ENGLAND(OR THE NFL,FOR THAT MATTER). STOPPANICING.com,it’s 82 games in a season,duh.

  • dcb2069

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    i agree that we shouldn’t panic, but we’ve been lackluster recently. there was portland twice, and the kings twice. we were able to pull something out in the end the first time against sac, but it won’t always happen. no disrespect to the blazers and the kings (ok fine, i mean disrespect to the queens), but we should have handled them. i dont expect to win all four of the games on our upcoming road trip, but thats because the four are elite teams. it was a big problem last year–we beat the teams were not supposed to, and take a dump against the cellar dwellers. you’re right, its only one loss, but i hope it isn’t the start of a two week funk.

  • SliqRiq

    I hate to say this cuz I really like Gasol, but the Lakers really miss Kwame’s strength and defense on the inside!!!!(We should sign Kwame back in the off season to the league minumum)

    Pau is just way too soft and light on the inside. Or hopefully when of if Bynum comes back that will solve the recent weakness inside.

    Also ever since that trade or steal I should say happened, Farmar has been playing very out of character and has been making horrible decisions as well as shooting poorly, I guess him not having Crittenton in the rearview mirror anymore has made him play very subpar.

    Hopefully he snaps out of it and hopefully the Lakers stop reading the papers and listening to the media about them being the best.

    Go Lakers!!!!!!

  • http://mysapce lakernation

    THAT WAS A GOOD GAME…PAU DIDNT PLAY GOOD D IN THE LAST QUARTER WHEN GARCIA GOT THE SCORE IN PAINT…THE X FACTOR WAS SPENCER HAWE THAT FAG MESS ERRTHING UP…
    DAMMM IM STILL MAD CAZ OF THE LOSS I COULDNT GO TO SLEEP LAST NITE

  • Ballin’08

    Let me just point out some things…

    Lakers: Can’t or wont defend the pick and roll…

    Derek Fisher: did a decent job defensively. Gasol and Odom (let’s call them Center and Power Forward) left the paint open for lay-up drills…again. Last line of defense my @$$.

    Luke Walton: makes me cringe when he handles the ball. Am I the only one who turns psychic for a few seconds and calls it every time he turns it over??? What is up with those,” I’m 3 feet away from my team mate, and he’s got his back turned so I’ll pass it to him even though he’s in a crowd,” passes he does at least 3 times a game…WTF is that!!?? Kill yourself for that Luke Walton…

    Radmonovich: Fouling is not the same as defense.

    Sasha: I’ll give it to you…you were fouled and the non-call (there we’re so many this game) hurt us, but…Your constant b!tching on literally EVERY call is making you a liability. I mean every call Sasha,…you’ve never fouled anyone in your life really??

    Odom: There is such a thing as over passing…

    Lakers again: Refuse to get in position for offensive boards. Happens every game…Don’t believe me?? Watch the next game. They start back peddling b4 the ball leaves anyone’s hand like it’s already been made…WTF!?

    Phil: You are the greatest but,…Luke Walton man, (sigh) I mean really, seriously, Luke Walton?? Sit him down, please…

    Kobe: You bring the Lakers back from the dead…what can I say…I’m just dissapointed the other Lakers weren’t looking 4 you earlier towards the end. They relied on every one else and waited until the last second to have daddy come bail them outta there mess…Can’t get them outta every problem. Guess these kids are gonna have to learn on their own…

    For those that will be quoting me or calling me a band wagon fan later: I love the Lakers…More so than they love themselves at times…That’s why a lack of effort is unnacceptable…(Refer to Kwame Brown, Brian Cook, and Smush Parker). Sure we’ll be fine after this loss, but it’s the things that you don’t do that matter that much more in the playoffs…Playoffs are almost here. Sure other teams can have a great game. This was not the case though. Let’s right our wrongs put to rest our bad habits, and stay on the winning road. Let’s remember we haven’t won anything yet. Go Lakers…Amen.

  • DCLAKER

    dcb2069,your right,I SHOULD’VE DISRESPECTED THE QUEENS IN MY COMMENTS AS WELL,sorry LAKERNATION! GERALDGREENWANTSTOBEALAKER.com,if this guy gets around Kobe and learns The Triangle,25 IN A ROW!!!

  • http://getgarnett.com jonasjulienjoseph

    GERALD GREEN IS OKAY BUT WE HAVE TO MUCH SMALL FORWARDS I THINK WERE DONT GETTING PLAYERS

  • Mr. Juan / Your Warlock

    Hey dcb2069; In your face defense, followed by a legit flop is a science used and mastered by MANY very clever defenders in this league…Such as a Manu Ginobili, who is one of the best at it.
    Do you think Manu is a liability? Complaining when one fouls or hacks another has NOTHING to do when one takes a charge or flops…Like I said before, Sasha is doing a GREAT job baiting defenders into technical fouls due to his sticky tenacity. He only needs to cut down on pleading his case on almost every call…He needs to bite his tongue and give the ref the benefit of the doubt on some of his fouls. In conclusion, when Sasha was pushed down by Garcia, who was trying to get free from his sticky defense, he was already stationary on the ground, long before Beno ran over him and wildly threw up the shot in prayer fashion…This usually gets a non call, especially at the end of all games. On this occasion, Sasha was not flopping, he was actually fouled offensively…Go look at the replay, if you have it at your disposal and you will see the light.

  • Mr. Juan / Your Warlock

    Correction: It was Martin, who pushed Sasha down, before Beno ran over Sasha and got the cheap call…not Garcia.

  • DCLAKER

    For those that don’t believe that Gerald Green’s game is perfect for the way The Lakers play,CHECK YOUTUBE(GET’CHA POPCORN READY)! The NBA needs more mentors so talents like G.G. don’t get waisted and become the Harold Miner’s or Sam Bowie’s of the league. It’s a shame what happens to these players but here’s a player who doesn’t have horrible things said about him like fights,bad tempered or the like,so I don’t know what the deal is? Get GG around a KB or DF and The Lakers are set even when Kobe retires.

  • Mr. Juan / Your Warlock

    It wouldn’t hurt to acquire Gerald Green, especially if it’s on the cheap, and at least for the remainder of this year. There is no doubt he is physically gifted and talented. Only for some mysterious reason/s he can’t latch on with a team permanently…I agree, with correct and aggressive mentoring, this guy might just turn out to be a diamond in the rough.