Just like against the Rockets, two days ago, the Lakers were tough. They lost only one ball in the first quarter and ended the period 18-5 by hitting the racket behind the attacks of LeBron James and Russell Westbrook (39-28). A wise choice as the Kings were deprived of Domantas Sabonis.
De’Aaron Fox, unsettled since the start of the match, then stepped on the accelerator. Sacramento’s defense also raised the tone, and the Lakers won 14-4 to open the match (51-50). Despite the efforts of “King James”, a 3-pointer from Keegan Murray allowed the Kings to lead at halftime (61-60).
The awakening of the Kings was confirmed after the break. Except for LeBron James, the Lakers have no answer to Sacramento’s defense. Kevin Huerter and Harrison Barnes set the sights and an 18-5 put the Kings at +14 (88-74). Under the impetus of Kendrick Nunn and Russell Westbrook, Los Angeles responded with a 17-6 straddling in the third and fourth quarter time to get back to -2 (96-94).
Russell Westbrook brought the two teams back but Kevin Huerter and De’Aaron Fox gave their team a five-point lead with less than three minutes to play (108-103).
2+1 from LeBron James puts the Lakers level with the Kings, but Barnes imitates the King. Despite an unexpected 3-pointer from Kendrick Nunn, the Kings didn’t falter at the free throw line and cruised to their fifth straight win as their fans could be heard chanting “Light The Beam” in the final seconds!
WHAT YOU SHOULD REMEMBER
– No soap, no problem. Despite the absence of their All-Star pivot, the Kings dominated proceedings near the circle. After receiving 24 points in the racket in the first quarter, Sacramento took out the barbed wire to dominate this sector in the last three quarters (42-26). Mike Brown’s men also controlled the rebound, including 14 offensive rebounds that turned into 20 points on second-chance shots.
– LeBron James played it selflessly late in the game. Author of 27 points after three quarters, he became a creator for his teammates, delivering 7 of his 9 assists in the final period, to reverse the Kings’ defensive strategy change. However, one might wonder if the “King”, playing with a bruised left ankle, wasn’t also lacking juice in the final minutes. He finished 1 of 7 on shots in the final twelve minutes.
– Virus stricken kings. Hours before the game, Domantas Sabonis, Matthew Dellavedova and Alex Len were added to the list of uncertain players. As Mike Brown revealed before the game, several players on his team were down with stomach pains. ” There is nothing wrong. Many players are sick, some will miss the match but I don’t think it will affect our team for a long time. »
✅ De’Aaron Fox. Orphaned by Domantas Sabonis, the leader of the Kings took responsibility. He finished with 31 points and 6 assists to lead his team to victory.
✅ Richaun Holmes. Holding on in the absence of Domantas Sabonis, he finished with a double-double (16 points, and 11 rebounds), all on 7 of 7 shots. Proof that he can still provide great service.
✅ LeBron James. The “King” held his team at arm’s length to give them a chance late in the game. He again finished with a full stat line with 32 points, 9 assists, and 8 rebounds.
✅ Russell Westbrook – Kendrick Nunn. Both players scored 19 and 14 points off the bench. Russell Westbrook added 7 rebounds and 5 assists.
✅⛔ Harrison Barnes. The winger was decisive late in the game, but his 20 points didn’t overshadow his poor 6 of 17 shooting.
⛔ Patrick Beverley – Dennis Schroeder. The two starting backs were transparent all game, scoring just 8 points between them on 3 of 10 shooting.
LA Lakers (20-25) : welcoming the Grizzlies, who remain on a ten-game winning streak, Friday.
Sacramento (25-18): receiving the Thunder on Friday.