Sacramento Kings Monday game wrap: Kings use 3-ball to get even with Lakers 116-92

December 13, 2016

NBA, Sacramento Kings

AP photo: Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton (left) gets the heave ho after getting hit with his second technical in the first quarter after Sacramento Kings DeMarcus Cousins threw down the Lakers Julius Randle to the floor on a non call is guided by Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson (right)

By Jeremy Harness

SACRAMENTO – The last time these two teams got together in this building, the Kings got out to a big lead and carried it well into the second half, only to watch as it slowly disappeared in a painful loss.

They made sure that didn’t happen Monday night.

Using a suddenly-deft touch from behind the 3-point line and a more prominent presence inside, the Kings snapped a two-game losing streak in emphatic fashion with a 116-92 win over the Los Angeles Lakers at Golden 1 Center.

The Kings trailed by nine points at halftime, but they quickly turned things around and never looked back. The Kings finished the game by hitting 10 of their 24 3-point shots, but most of the damage was done in the second half, particularly in the third quarter.

The Lakers started out fast in the first quarter and quickly got out to an eight-point lead as the Kings scuffled on offense. Sacramento, however, narrowed the gap, and at one point in the second quarter, Sacramento led by 10 before getting sloppy with the basketball and allowing the Lakers to re-take the lead midway through the quarter and take a 58-49 lead into halftime.

The Kings also did not defend the 3-ball very well in the first half, as the Lakers knocked down eight of their 13 shots from behind the arc.

The Kings, however, turned the tables on the Lakers in the second half, using the 3-ball quite effectively to tie the game back up at 60-60 early in the third quarter and extending their lead to as many as 19 points.

Sacramento continued to build on the lead in the fourth quarter, as they seized command inside as well as outside.

DeMarcus Cousins had a relatively-quiet first half but showed all of his skills almost immediately after the intermission, scoring 16 points in the third quarter alone. He hit both of his 3-point attempts in the quarter as well as driving more consistently to the basket and even feeding teammates for open layups.

Cousins finished the game with 31 points on 12-of-21 shooting to go along with 15 rebounds and five assists.

Darren Collison was also solid, adding 20 points on seven-of-11 shooting, including knocking down four of his seven attempts from behind the 3-point line. Garrett Temple, meanwhile, continues to show his effectiveness off the bench with 16 points while knocking down seven of his eight shots.

Sacramento also had composure on its side, while the Lakers seemed to start losing theirs early on, and it just continued to build throughout the game. Head coach Luke Walton was the first one to get heated, as he got thrown out of Monday’s game with 4:14 left in the first quarter after drawing two technical fouls in a row.

Meanwhile, Julius Randle also drew a technical on the same play, and after Rudy Gay knocked down all three free throws, the Kings tied the game and ratcheted up their defense to take the lead.

In all, the Lakers were slapped with six technicals while the Kings only had one, when Cousins and assistant coach Brian Shaw drew double technical toward the end of the third quarter.

NOTES: Ben McLemore appeared to bang knees with Lakers big man Timofey Mozgov while trying to fight through a screen midway through the first quarter. He stayed on the ground for a few minutes before walking to the bench with some assistance.

He was later diagnosed with a contusion to his left quadriceps and did not return to the game.



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