November 23, 2017, 1:18 am
The Kings began their Thanksgiving a little early as they feasted on the Lakers’ defense for much of the night en route to a 113-102 victory.
It was a total team effort and perhaps the best offensive outing of the year for the Kings. Six different Kings hit double figures and the team controlled the game for almost all 48 minutes. The Lakers last led the game with 6:10 left in the first quarter when they held a 10-8 lead.
Zach Randolph helped the team get a proper start as he began the game with 11 points in the first eight minutes; Randolph would finish with 22 points on the night, along with seven rebounds, seven assists and three steals. The Kings led the Lakers 31-19 at the end of one period and the lead was in tact for the rest of the night.
Every time the Lakers made a push, the Kings pushed back just a bit harder and kept Los Angeles at bay. At the half, only one King didn’t have a positive plus-minus and that was Vince Carter who played all of 40 seconds and had a plus-minus of zero.
It was just one of those nights for the Kings as they could almost do no wrong. Their defense wasn’t as good as it has been at times this season, but the offense was clicking in all aspects.
The pick-and-rolls were there, the shots were going down and the Kings were finding the open man. The Kings finished with their second highest assist total of the season as they dropped 26 dimes on 47 made field goals.
One negative from an otherwise positive night was the fact that the Kings allowed the league’s worst 3-point shooting team to double their per game average (7.6 per game and hit 15 on the night).
Aside from Randolph, just one Kings starter finished with double-digit scoring (De’Aaron Fox with 13 points), but the bench was able to carry much of the weight. The second unit finished with 67 points compared to the Lakers’ 38. The only Kings reserve player to finish with a negative plus-minus was Malachi Richardson, who played one minute.
NOTES FROM THE GAME:
The Kings out-rebounded the Lakers 44-to-32.
Sacramento shot 55 percent from the field, which was the best percentage of the season, surpassing the 52 percent shooting the team had against the Pistons earlier this month. The 113 points scored was the team’s second highest of the season (115 in a loss to the Suns).
Willie Cauley-Stein put up 26 points off the bench and was heavily relied on by coach Dave Joerger and the Kings, especially during a three-minute span to end the third quarter in which he scored the team’s final eight points of the period.
The match-up that many waited (and waited) to see of Fox and Lonzo Ball was overshadowed by the blowout victory. Ball finished the game with 11 points (six of which coming in the final two minutes when the game was already out of reach), 11 assists and seven rebounds. Fox finished with 13 points, four rebounds and three assists for the Kings.