Instant Replay: Lakers outlast, surge past Kings down the stretch


Instant Replay: Lakers outlast, surge past Kings down the stretch


SACRAMENTO -- There is no quit in Luke Walton’s young Laker squad. In front of a wild mixed crowd in Sacramento, the Kings fell apart in the second half and were toppled by Los Angeles by a final of 101-91.

Lou Williams led the way for the Lake-show, scoring 11 of his 19 points in the deciding fourth quarter. The veteran guard ent 3-for-5 from long range off Walton’s bench.

D’Angelo Russell dropped in eight of his 17 points while the Lakers were climbing back into the game during the third quarter.

Julius Randle attacked the rim for the, coming away with 15 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Nick Young chipped in 16 as the Lakers moved to 6-4 on the season.

The guard-heavy Lakers had no answer for DeMarcus Cousins in the first half, but they clamped down on Sacramento’s cornerstone after the break. Cousins still managed to score 28 points on 10-for-25 shooting and he added nine rebounds and four assists in the loss.

Darren Collison came off coach Dave Joerger’s bench and couldn’t find his range. The veteran point guard struggled to a 2-of-11 night from the field for six points. He still managed to dish out a game-high nine assists, but he looked rusty all game.

Rudy Gay continued his strong early season performance on the offensive end, finishing the night with 15 points on 6-for-13 shooting while grabbing eight rebounds.

Ty Lawson scored 11 points and Arron Afflalo added nine points and grabbed six rebounds.

STAT OF THE NIGHT -- Ty Lawson came into the contest 0-for-15 over his previous three games. He hit his first shot attempt in the first quarter and finished the night with 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting.

STANDOUT PERFORMER -- Five players scored in double-figures as the Lakers stable of young players kept coming at the Kings in waves. They had a rough start to the game, but Los Angeles finished with a fury.

TURNING POINT -- Gay’s runner missed with just under two minutes remaining and the Kings trailing by seven. Cousins tried to tip it in, but it rolled off the rim and into the Lakers hands. That pretty much sums up the second half for Sacramento.

INJURY UPDATE -- Sacramento has 15 healthy bodies on the roster as they head out on the road.

WHAT'S NEXT -- The Kings travel to Portland following the game where they will face the Trail Blazers Friday evening on the second night of a back-to-back.

Vince Carter 'very humbled' to pass Patrick Ewing on all-time scoring list

Vince Carter 'very humbled' to pass Patrick Ewing on all-time scoring list

SACRAMENTO -- Half man, half amazing. Vincanity. Air-Canada. V.C.

Vince Carter has plenty of nicknames on his bio. He also has plenty of achievements over his long NBA career. On Monday night in Sacramento, he added a new one.  

With his seven point performance in the Kings’ 106-90 loss to the Detroit Pistons, the 41-year-old forward surpassed a former teammate on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.

“It means a lot, because in my days in Orlando, I played with Pat Ewing and know him very well,” Carter said following the game.

Carter came into the night needing five points to tie Ewing’s 24,815 mark for 22nd place on the all-time scoring list.

In the early second quarter, Carter stole a pass from Andre Drummond at the top of the key  and flew down for a breakaway jam to move within three points of Ewing.

“It’s fun for everyone, just to show I can still do it,” Carter said of the dunk. “I think I’ve proven I can, but it’s still fun. I told James Ennis on the way, I said, ‘stay back, don’t foul me.’”

Ennis likely couldn’t have caught Carter either way, but the slam got the Kings crowd going.

At the 4:12 mark of the second, Carter drilled a 12-footer to move within one point of Ewing and with 29.5 seconds remaining in the third, Carter knocked down a 26-foot 3-pointer that rattled around and tried to spin out.

That was the last bucket of the evening for Carter, giving him 24,817 for his 20-year career. He now sits alone in 22nd place, two points ahead of the former New York Knicks star center.

“That’s crazy,” 20-year-old De’Aaron Fox said. “That’s a lot of buckets. Top-25, that’s huge - a lot of guys won’t get close to that.”

Carter now sits just 375 points behind legendary Laker, Jerry West for 21st place and 462 shy of Reggie Miller for a spot in the top 20.

“When you talk about (being) in the top 25 in scoring all-time, you just look at the list of the greats and elite players and the best of the best that still play, and to be in that group, I’m very humbled and thankful for it,” Carter told the media scrum surrounding his locker.

Carter was away from the team over the weekend dealing with a death in the family. He returned to Sacramento to play on Monday, but did so with a heavy heart.

For most of his life, the basketball court has been his place to escape. After two decades as a pro, it still has that effect.

“I just still love it, it’s been great to me, it gives me an opportunity to be around the younger generation and still be around the game I love and accomplish things like this,” Carter said.

He’s played sparingly for Sacramento this season, but his impact on the bench, in practice and behind the scenes as a leader and mentor to the young Kings has been immeasurable.

Carter hasn’t committed to retiring following the season. He will weigh his options, but there is a possibly he will look for one last run at an NBA championship.

Carter passes Ewing on all-time scoring list


Carter passes Ewing on all-time scoring list

SACRAMENTO -- Moving on up. Vince Carter came into Monday evening’s matchup against the Detroit Pistons needing just five points to surpass Patrick Ewing for 22nd place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. He got that and a little more.

Carter, 41, picked off a Pistons pass in the second quarter and hammered down a breakaway dunk to score his first two points of the evening. He knocked down a jumper in the lane before halftime to get within one point of Ewing and then moved ahead of the 7-footer with a 3-pointer in the third quarter.

The 20-year NBA veteran now sits at 24,817 points. He is 375 points behind the great Jerry West’s 25,192, who currently sits in 21st place on the all-time list.