Despite their losing record (12-24 after tonight’s game), the Sacramento Kings are a young, energetic team teamed up with a handful of veterans. It’s a group filled with a lot of talent, and today, they gave the Lakers everything they had, forcing the home team to work until the very end. Seven Kings’ players scored in double figures and they played a clean game, giving away the ball on only five occasions. But it wasn’t enough.
The Lakers led by 20 points with 11:45 minutes left in the final quarter, but a slew of turnovers and one empty possession after another by the reserves, fueled an 11-5 point run by the Kings who refused to let up. With 7:44 minutes on the clock and the huge lead down to just nine points, the starters returned to the floor to finish, led by the Masked Mamba.
The Lakers’ big three were, as usual, huge, but they got help from Derek Fisher and Metta World Peace down the stretch. Both hit key shots to make up for the Kings’ early fourth quarter run.