Instant Analysis: Monster game from Cauley-Stein leads Kings past Lakers
Thankful for Willie
SACRAMENTO -- In front of a sellout bipartisan crowd, the Sacramento Kings and Los Angeles Lakers played an extremely entertaining 48 minutes of basketball Wednesday night. The night started as a showdown of rookies De’Aaron Fox and Lonzo Ball, but once the ball was in the air, it was old school Kings v. Lakers.
Sacramento held a lead for most of the night and then exploded in the fourth quarter to put the Lakers away. Six players scored in double-figures as the Kings came away with the 113-102 win at Golden 1 Center.
Zach Randolph can’t stay with the young pups on defense, but the veteran big knows exactly how to take them to school on the other end. The 36-year-old big used head and shoulder fakes to finish the night with 22 points, seven rebounds and a season-high seven assists in the win.
STANDOUT PERFORMER II
Good Willie showed up. After a subpar performance against the Denver Nuggets, Willie Cauley-Stein gave Dave Joerger a huge shot in the arm off the bench. The 7-footer was active and his guards set him up for 26 points on 10-of-14 shooting in 28 minutes of action. Cauley-Stein might want to invite Bogdan Bogdanovic over for Thanksgiving after all the lobs tossed his way.
Los Angeles cut Sacramento’s lead to just seven near the end of the third, but the bench unit opened the fourth on a tear. Bogdanovic and Frank Mason III set up the group for open looks and Cauley-Stein, Buddy Hield and even Vince Carter got in on the scoring action.
Both Buddy Hield (right ankle) and Vince Carter (kidney stones) returned to action for the Kings after missing time. Harry Giles is out until January at the earliest due to bilateral knee rehab.
The Kings take Thanksgiving off before finishing the homestand Saturday against the Los Angeles Clippers. They hit the road Monday to play the World Champion Golden State Warriors.