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Lakers vs Sacramento: Lakers stop losing streak in beat-down of Kings


Lakers 113, Kings 80 (final)

The Lakers snapped their four-game losing streak with an easy victory over Sacramento on Friday night at Staples Center.

Then again, the Lakers were playing one of the worst teams in the NBA.

Sacramento dropped to 4-13 and has lost six in a row.

Pau Gasol, despite a strained left hamstring, had 16 points on six-for-eight shooting. He played just 27 minutes, none in the fourth quarter. He also finished with five assists and five rebounds.

Kobe Bryant had 22 points on nine-for-18 shooting, and he also sat out the fourth quarter, as did all the Lakers' starters.

The Lakers have three days off before they play again at home Tuesday night against the Washington Wizards.

Lakers rookie Derrick Caracter scored a career-high 10 points.


Lakers 82, Kings 52 (end of third quarter)

The Lakers, shooting 54.1% from the field, opened a 31-point lead at one point in the third.

It looked as if the Kings had quit during this time, hardly ever running any kind of offense.

By the end of the third, Kobe Bryant had scored 22 points on nine-for-18 shooting. He sat down with 2:55 left in the quarter.

Pau Gasol had scored 16 points on six-for-eight shooting, and he had five rebounds and five assists.



Lakers 52, Kings 35 (end of first half)

With Kobe Bryant scoring 16 points in the first half and Lamar Odom adding nine points and six rebounds, the Lakers opened a 17-point lead.

The Lakers shot 48.8% from the field in the first half and held  the Kings to 33.3% shooting.

Kings guard Tyreke Evans was three for eight from the field.

Lakers 21, Kings 16 (end of first quarter)

Pau Gasol was able to start Friday night despite a strained left hamstring.

He played the first nine minutes before he was replaced by rookie power forward Derrick Caracter.

Gasol had two points, zero rebounds and one assist in the first quarter.

Kobe Bryant and Lamar Odom both had six points to lead the Lakers in the first quarter.


At 6:33 p.m. Friday, Pau Gasol walked into the Lakers'  locker room, more than half an hour late for the 6 p.m. report time for players, still not certain if he was going to play against the Kings.

Gasol has been dealing with a sore left hamstring that the Lakers listed as strained.

The Lakers said he would be a game-time decision.

Gasol didn't offer any more clarity when he was approached before the game.

"I have no idea yet," Gasol said about playing. "I'm going to flip a coin."

Gasol smile and walked into the players' lounge.

As soon as Gasol entered the locker room, he stopped in Lakers Coach Phil Jackson's office for a talk.

Gasol had participated in the shootaroud earlier in the day and Jackson said then that he was hopeful that his center would play.

Either way, if Gasol does play or doesn't, rookie power forward Derrick Caracter probably will get some time.

At 6-9, Jackson said Caracter is an undersized power forward.

"The team in general has to support his presence on the floor," Jackson said. "We have to help out. He's not even a center. He's a power forward, a small power forward at that."

The Lakers probably will use Lamar Odom as the backup center at times during the game against the Kings at Staples Center.

-- Broderick Turner

Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant attempts a layup against Sacramento's Donte Green, left, and Samuel Dalembert in the second quarter Friday night at Staples Center. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

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Very timely modified repost:

The ripping of living muscle tissue in the jaws
of a Spotted (and laughing) hyena...

He got hamstrung!

Will this dreadful sound be heard at Staples Center this very morning
(evening for you)?

Your Hollywood Troupe is in bad enough (ooooold enough) shape as it is.
You'll be doing good just to win the Pacific.

But, if Pau goes down...Ouch!

Because we all know, that even if Andrew gets back on the court,
it won't be for long.

Hey. Don't blame us.

Paula should be resting that hamstring.

Go Kings!


so what's today on the menu?

five things to look for

or five consecutive losses?

Did someone sign off on Justa's vacation request?

looks like it is the same story all over again

if Lakers can't do it

there r other teams that do it for them

knicks r winning in NO

OKC lost in toronto

balzers lost in DC

spurs r losing at home with the wolves

and dallas/utah - one will lose tonight!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


just what the doctor ordered...........a laugher!

A satisfying win throughout and great to see the bench playing so well in the 4th. Luke and Sasha are 3rd stringers at this point and how common is it to see two second round Lakers rookies playing at the same time? As for old pal Sonny, your guys are about one bad wheel from parked and calling for the wrecker. And the bad wheel's name is Westphal.



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