The Los Angeles Lakers LeBron James (23) drives on the Sacramento Kings Harold Barnes (40) at Golden One Center in Sacramento Saturday night photo from bleacherreport.com
By Jeremiah Salmonson
SACRAMENTO–The Kings were coming off a great win against the other LA team the Los Angeles Clippers. The Kings played a great game and managed to record 21 three point makes. That was a franchise record. So, the Kings were looking to continue the trend against one of the best teams in basketball the Los Angeles Lakers.
In the first half, the Lakers looked like a team on a mission. The Lakers scored an incredible 29 field goals on 26 assists for a total of 81 points in the first half. It was a display you rarely see in basketball, and unfortunately it was against the Kings.
The Lakers hit 14 three pointers in the first half that put the Kings in a tough spot in the second half. The Kings did manage to score 64 points on 44% percent shooting. Ultimately, the Lakers just played a dominant form of basketball that the Kings and their defense couldn’t keep up with in the first half. Leading the way for the Lakers was surprisingly Avery Bradley with 16 points.
Right behind him was Anthony Davis and LeBron James with 13 and 13 respectively. For the Kings, Harry Giles led the way with 12 points followed by Buddy Hied with 11 in the first half.
In the second half, it was more of the same. The Kings managed to do a better job holding the Lakers down in the second half but it was ultimately to no avail. The Lakers 81 point first proved too much for the Kings to handle as the fell 129-113.
The Lakers played one of the best games of the year as the offensive output put the game out of reach from the first quarter on. Anthony Davis led the way for the Lakers with 21 points followed but the surprise performance of Avery Bradley who had 19. De’Aaron Fox led the game in scoring with 24 points as LeBron James led the game in assists and rebounds with 11 and 10 respectively.
Up Next: The Kings stay home to face the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night.