December 12, 2016, 10:00 pm
The Sacramento Kings evened the season series against the Los Angeles Lakers Monday night at the Golden 1 Center, beating them 116-92. This was the Lakers seventh straight loss.
The Los Angeles Lakers played well in the first half, leading by nine at the half, but the Kings took over in the third quarter, outscoring Los Angeles 39-13. The team did a great job of tightening up their defense and managed to move the ball very well, both of which helped them run away with the game.
Here are some notes from the matchup:
- The Sacramento Kings lost both Ben McLemore and Rudy Gay early in the game to injuries, and the loss of those two could mean some major changes to the road trip. It’s still unclear how severe either of the injuries were, but both were ruled out for the rest of the game fairly early. Lamar Patterson and Malachi Richardson have had some strong games for the Reno Bighorns, so one of those two may be able to come and help off the bench.
- DeMarcus Cousins had another dominant showing tonight, scoring 31 points with 16 boards and 5 assists. Cousins struggled early in the fourth quarter, but he quickly turned things around quickly and kept the offense rolling in Gay’s absence. Cousins did struggle with turnovers, committing eight overall, but he has taken care of the ball fairly well this season, so this is likely just an off night for him in that respect.
- Ty Lawson has been very effective coming off the bench, and he appears to be finding a great role for himself. Lawson has been much better this season after a nightmare year in Houston, and his new role of the bench could continue to help him improve.
The Sacramento Kings are now 9-15 on the year, and will now head to Houston for a rematch against the Rockets. Sacramento really struggled to keep Houston off the three point line in their last game, so this should be a good test for recently improved defense.