Kings hand Lakers second straight loss, 123-120

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By Jeremiah Salmonson

The Sacramento Kings had a few days off since their last game. The Kings last played on Sunday night against the Charlotte Hornets before taking on the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night. In the game against the Hornets, things didn’t go well down the stretch. The Kings had positioned themselves to get a win again the Charlotte Hornets. However, in the final minutes of the game, a sloppy defense and bad free throw shooting would cost the Kings the game. The Kings wound up losing 127-126 in the final seconds of the game. 

The Kings would like to move past that as they took on the Lakers at 7 PM PST in Sacramento on Wednesday. Fortunately, both Anthony Davis and Lebron James were not available. The Kings beat LA by a final of 123-120 at Golden 1 Center.

In the first half, the Kings played better than we have been accustomed to as of late. The Kings’ defense didn’t shine, but it also didn’t crumble. The Lakers scored 31 points in the first compared to the Kings’ 21. So, the Kings immediately put themselves in a hole.

However, the Kings’ offense took off in the second quarter. The Kings outscored the Lakers 40-30 in the second quarter to take a 63-61 lead into halftime. The Kings had to tighten of the defense to pull out a win against the short-handed Lakers. 

In the second half, the game went back and forth. In the third quarter, the Lakers outscored the Kings 27-24. Neither team was really able to get in offensive rhythm and the game was for the taking heading into the final 12 minutes. In the fourth quarter, the Kings were able to hold on and win the game. The Kings outscored the Lakers 37-32 to take the game 123-120.

With both Lebron James and Anthony Davis out, this was a game the Kings desperately needed to win. It was good for the Kings to hold onto and hopefully it’ll boost their confidence going into Thursday night’s game. The Lakers were led by Denis Schroder, who had 28, while the Kings were led by Buddy Hield, who had 29. 

Up Next: The Kings will head to Portland to take on the Trail Blazers on a back to back on Thursday at 7 PM PST. 

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