Kings fall apart in third quarter, come up short in final seconds vs Lakers
THIRD STRAIGHT LOSS
SACRAMENTO -- In front of a crazy split crowd, the Sacramento Kings and Los Angeles Lakers put on a show for 48 minutes Saturday evening at Golden 1 Center. In the end, the Lakers found a way to squeeze out a 113-108 victory.
The young core of Buddy Hield, Willie Cauley-Stein, Bogdan Bogdanovic and De’Aaron Fox put up big numbers for the Kings, but it wasn’t enough to avoid a third straight loss.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had a career night for the Lakers, dropping in eight 3-pointers for the Lakers. Julius Randle added a double-double as the Lakers improved to 25-34 on the season.
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Caldwell-Pope caught fire. The veteran shooting guard knocked down 8-for-14 from behind the arc on his way to a game-high 34 points. The Lakers found him in transition. They found him on the drive and kick. More often than not, they found him wide open.
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Cauley-Stein brought his lunch pail. The 7-footer went to work against former college teammate, Julius Randle. He finished the night with 18 points, 16 rebounds, two blocks and two steals for Sacramento. The double-double was the ninth of the season for Cauley-Stein.
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Buddy Hield came alive. The second-year guard was active from the moment he stepped on the floor, scoring 21 points on 5-of-10 shooting from behind the arc. He added seven rebounds, but it wasn’t enough to get the Kings over the hump.
Everything was going just fine for Sacramento until they went to the locker room for halftime. Los Angeles crushed them in the third quarter, outscoring the Kings on their home court 37-25 to take a 87-83 lead to the fourth. The Kings battled back, cutting the Lakers lead to one with 12 seconds remaining, but they couldn’t get the big shot to fall in the final seconds.
De’Aaron Fox (conjunctivitis) and Kosta Koufos (illness) both returned to action after missing the previous game. Iman Shumpert continues to miss games due to plantar fasciitis and Harry Giles (knee rehab) is out for the season.
The Kings finish up their three-game homestand coming out of the break with Minnesota on Monday. They’ll flying to Portland following the game to take on the Blazers on the second night of a back-to-back, before returning home for five straight games to start the month of March.