Kings end back-to-back with back-and-forth loss to Lakers
A GAME OF RUNS
LOS ANGELES -- Wild weather, wild ride. Maybe it was the uncharacteristically rainy day in Los Angeles. Maybe it was two teams searching for an identity. Whatever it was, the Sacramento Kings' matchup with the Los Angeles Lakers Tuesday evening was anything but normal.
Sacramento fell behind big early in the first quarter, but recovered. They went up big in the third and couldn’t hold the lead. The last momentum shift was all Lakers as the home team came away with the 99-86 victory to tie the Kings in the standings at 13-27.
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Julius Randle is a bull in a china shop. The Lakers big attacked the Kings in the post and stuffed the stat sheet. He finished the night with 22 points, 14 rebounds and six assists in the Lakers win.
STANDOUT PERFORMER II
In a game filled with top flight rookies, Bogdan Bogdanovic was the best of them all. The 25-year-old Serb stabilized the second unit and got the Kings back in the game after an ugly start. He tied his career-best with 19 points on 7-for-13 shooting and added four assists.
STANDOUT PERFORMER III
Fox loves a good Lonzo Ball matchup. The rookie is finding his stride after missing six games, scoring in double-figures four straight games. Against the Lakers, he poured in 15 points and dished out three assists. He played with pace and intensity.
Sacramento opened the third quarter with a 12-3 run to put the Lakers on their heels. Los Angeles answered with a staggering blow, taking a big lead into the fourth. The Kings cut the Lakers lead to five midway through the quarter, but the damage was done.
George Hill missed his third straight game due to a personal matter. Frank Mason III is out with a right heel contusion. Georgios Papagiannis was a late scratch due to illness. Harry Giles is out due to bilateral knee rehab and the team has yet to update his status moving forward.
The Kings return home where they’ll face the Los Angeles Clipper on Thursday evening. They’ll hit the road to face that same Clippers team on Saturday evening at Staples Center.