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Lakers vs Sacramento: Lakers fall to lowly Kings

January 28, 2011 |  7:20 pm

Lakers3_350 Kings 100, Lakers 95 (final)

The Lakers claimed not to be looking ahead to Sunday's showdown with the Boston Celtics.

The Lakers put a gag order in place, saying no one could talk about the Celtics until Friday night's game against the lowly Sacramento Kings was over.

Well, the Lakers sure didn't play like a team that wasn't looking ahead.

Instead, the Lakers lost to a Sacramento Kings team that is now 11-33 overall, 5-16 on the road, after Friday night's 100-95 victory over L.A. at Staples Center.

The Lakers allowed the Kings to make 51.2% of their shots from the field.

They fell into a 20-point hole in the third quarter, but got as close as three points in the fourth quarter before falling short.

When Lamar Odom did a 360-spin around his defender and threw a behind-the-neck pass to Pau Gasol for a dunk, the Lakers had pulled to within 93-89 with 3:18 left.

But the Kings refused to roll over to the Lakers when they applied the pressure in the final minutes.

Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 38 points, but he didn't get much help, other than Shannon Brown's 17 points off the bench.

DeMarcus Cousins led the Kings with 27 points and 10 rebounds.

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Kings 85, Lakers 71 (end of third quarter)

The Lakers didn't start the third quarter in good fashion, and ended up in a 20-point hole at one stage of the period.

Through three quarters, the Kings were shooting holes in the Lakers' defense, making 58.5% of their shots.

Samuel Dalembert, who averages five points a game, had 10 of his 17 points in the third.

The Lakers were outscored, 12-2, to start the third, falling behind, 71-57.

It caused Lakers Coach Phil Jackson to call a timeout with 8:43 left in the third.

The Kings' lead grew to 75-59 on a three-pointer by Omri Casspi.

Then it grew to 77-59 on a basket by Tyreke Evans.

That drew some boos from the fans inside Staples Center.

It was clear to see that the young Kings were getting confident.

Kings 59, Lakers 55 (end of first half)

Offense wasn't a problem for the Lakers on Friday night at Staples Center.

But defense was.

Sacramento burned the Lakers' defense, shooting 59.1% from the field in the first half.

DeMarcus Cousins had his way with the Lakers in the firt half, scoring 22 points. He was nine-for-13 shooting from the field.

The Lakers shot 52.6% from the field in the first half. Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 26 points in the first half.

Lakers 33, Kings 30 (end of first quarter)

When Kobe Bryant reached another scoring milestone, he did it with his defense.

Bryant stole the ball from Donte Green and then waltzed in for a layup with 3:30 left in the first quarter.

It meant that Bryant had moved past Hakeem Olajuwon (26,946 points) for eighth place on the NBA's all-time scoring list.

Bryant scored 21 points in the first quarter, giving him 26,955 points.

He was eight-for-11 shooting from the field.

Pregame

Kobe Bryant  is moving up the NBA's all-time scoring charts once again.

Before the Lakers played the Sacramento Kings on Friday night at Staples Center, Bryant was 12 points short of moving past Hakeem Olajuwon (26,946 points) into eighth on the league's scoring list.

Bryant shouldn't have a problem passing Olajuwon while facing the Kings.

Sacramento entered the game with a 10-33 record this season, including 4-16 on the road.

The last time the Lakers played Sacramento in Los Angeles, they won, 113-80.

Still, Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said he didn't want his team to overlook the Kings.

In particular, Jackson didn't want his team to look ahead to the game against the Boston Celtics on Sunday at Staples Center.

-- Broderick Turner

Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant soars to the basket for a dunk in the first quarter Friday night, when he scored 21 points and moved into eighth place on the NBA's all-time scoring list. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

 


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