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Lakers 106, Kings 100

After 48 minutes of plug-nickel basketball, the Lakers beat Sacramento, 106-100, Tuesday night in their final home regular season game at Staples Center.  

Not that it mattered all that much.

The Lakers had already clinched the top seed in the Western Conference and home court advantage throughout the playoffs Friday against Minnesota. After knocking off the Kings, only the Clippers’ game Wednesday stands between the Lakers and their first-round match-up against Oklahoma City this weekend.

But after dropping six of nine, the win was a slice of momentum to build upon before facing the Thunder, which is the next time Kobe Bryant, who is battling knee, finger and ankle injuries, and Andrew Bynum, who is out with a strained left Achilles', will play.

Shannon Brown started in place of Bryant and scored 24 points on 10-of-19 shooting from the floor, his highest point total since a 27-point output Feb. 16 against Golden State. Brown has been suffering from a sprained right thumb that has hindered him since he injured it March 2 against Indiana.

Pau Gasol scored a game-high 28 points on 12-of-15 shooting, and Sasha Vujacic made two buzzer-beaters, the first a 27-foot three-point jumper at the end of the first quarter and the second a fading baseline jumper to beat the third quarter buzzer, on his way to 13 points off the bench.

If there was a turning point in Tuesday’s worthless contest, it came with 8 minutes, 4 seconds in the third quarter. After Kings star rookie point guard Tyreke Evans made a layup to make the score 67-66, Lakers, he argued with referee Derek Richardson after apparent frustration that a foul wasn’t called.

Richardson whistled Evans for back-to-back technical fouls, ending Evans’ rookie season, and the Lakers went on a 10-1 run after that call to go up 77-67 with 3:27 left in the third – at which point they cruised to win No. 57.

Jordan Farmar scored four points on one-of-three shooting from the floor, but left the game in the second quarter with a strained left hamstring. Farmar won’t play against the Clippers on Wednesday, a team spokesman said.

--Baxter Holmes

 
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Happy Birthday Jeanette!!!!!

Puuuullleze don't any one say we are better off with Kobe out! We barely beat the Sac Queens at HOME for cryin out loud! We're going to need all hands on deck for the Playoffs!

I have a question on this new hairdo of DJ, what are those black spots at the back of his head? They looked like the map of Hawaiian Islands in the sea of yellow. lol!

The road to maturity is SELF CONTROL.

Let us all unite as ONE Laker family, don't yield to temptation DON'T RESPOND

Focus on the sole objective: WIN & move on.....

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MORE MINUTES FOR SASHA (THE MACHINE) DON’T BE MEAN – BANDWAGON
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(01) WALLACE – OWNER - I'm starting a roll call for Sasha to get some minutes for the rest of the season. Sure, the machine is not as good as last year but he displays more heart than Farmar and Brown. Who's with me?
(02) MAMBA24 – DRIVER – I’ll take that ride with you Wallace. In fact I’ll drive the Van.
(03) CORNER-J – GUNNER RE-LOADER - put me on the Sasha Bandwagon as Gunner Re-Loader. He's our only pure shooter and I want him re-loaded for the playoffs.
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(05) ART-FL LAKER FAN – RIDDING SHOTGUN - Agree we should be seeing more of Sasha.
Play him enough to give him a confidence boost.
(06) JOVBATZ44 – BALL BOY - he displays more heart than Farmar and Brown" - Wallace, re: Sasha absolutely agree! Good shooting or bad shooting, Sasha plays with HEART. Please put me in the bandwagon as the Ball Boy.
(07) ROSS – SECURITY - Sasha was beginning to turn the corner, but for some inexplicable reason was not given a chance to play a few minutes. We do not have another 3 pt. shooter with his skill-set. Farmar's D-skills are in the closet with what used to be decent mental toughness! Same with SB, so Sasha needs to be given a chance to repair the machine in the remaining 8 games. Fisher does not need more than 18 minutes a game the rest of the regular season. Farmar & SB have not earned more than 15 minutes each.......last chance to find out who has the mental toughness & defensive.
(08) EJK – CHIEF STRATEGIST - Add me to the Play Sasha more bandwagon. He needs more PT to bring back the Machine. It's kinda concerning that our championship hopes may rest on him, but let us walk by Faith, not by sight :)
(09) MAGIC PHIL – Put me in the MORE MINUTES FOR SASHA (THE MACHINE) DON’T BE MEAN – BANDWAGON....BUT only if he's gonna hit the darn shots, for the love of G.


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