In the Lakers and Kings second meeting of the year, Sacramento looks to get even after Los Angeles pulled out a win on November 10. In that game, the Lakers were down by as many as 19 and ended up winning by double digits. In the previous meeting, Timofey Mozgov was key for the Lakers in stopping the Kings offense (so he helped stop Boogie Cousins). The Lakers hoped this would be the case again.
D’Angelo Russell and Nick Young played their second game on minutes restrictions as they returned from injury, looking even better. Luol Deng looked to follow up his best game of the year as he looked much improved versus the New York Knicks (22 points on 8-13 shooting, 5-8 from three).
For the first time in what seems like season, the Lakers got out to an early lead of 17-11. After the Kings made it 17-14, Boogie Cousins wrapped up Randle, with both falling to the ground. This lead to head coach Luke Walton becoming irate, and getting himself ejected from the game.
Luke’s first ejection as Lakers coach (only one tech this year before the ejection), we can all be so proud, sadly did not have the effect one would hope. Nearly immediately the game turned the Kings way and the Lakers ended the quarter down 31-24 (20-7 run in total when Uncle Nick and D’Angelo went to the bench).
After a ho hum back and forth run with the Lakers down by 11 (35-24), the Lakers went on a 17-6 run to start the second quarter. This lead to a tie at 41 with roughly six and a half minutes left.
After starting the game 0-2, Luol Deng made his next three shots ending the second quarter 3-5 for eight points. Joining Deng, Russell scored seven points in the last part of the quarter (10 points in 11 minutes in the first half). The insertion of the starters lead to a half ending 14-2 run for Los Angeles.
The exciting first half, partly because of Walton’s ejection, ended with Los Angeles up 58-49.
After the break, the Kings stormed out of the gates by surprise. After looking like they may be ready to fold, Sacramento took a 68-64 lead with 6:46 led to play in the third quarter.
The play that ended up leading to the Kings 68th point was off of what Russell felt he was fouled. D’Angelo ran down the court arguing with the referee. To no avail, leading to a technical foul for Russell and a seat on the bench (though admittedly could be part of his minutes restriction).
With the substitution of the killer bench, hope was there to get some of the deficit back. Unfortunately, the hope was quickly squashed as the Kings scored 35 points in roughly eight minutes into the quarter.
After falling down by as much as 21 points (66-87), the Lakers formidable bench made a nice run. After a Jordan Clarkson three, the Lakers only trailed the Kings by 12 with nine minutes left in the game.
On a loose ball, Lou Williams got the Lakers fourth technical on a play that one can consider questionable. Attempting to get a ball in the air, DeMarcus Cousins grabbed Lou’s hand resulting in a reviewed foul. Due to an inadvertent motion from being grabbed, Lou hit Boogie in face, resulting in a technical foul.
If the game hadn’t gotten out of hand by then, this fueled a further run by Sacramento, who then held a lead of 102-82.
Despite any attempts at a comeback, the Lakers lose their seventh straight game (116-92) and fall to 10-17 on the season.
The Los Angeles Lakers next game will be on Wednesday, December 14 at 4:30 PST.
D’Angelo Russell looked much improved from Sunday night versus the Knicks. He lead the team in scoring with 17 points despite only playing 20 minutes. There is still rust there, which makes it even more impressive.
Luol Deng continues to look better as he finished with 16 points on 7-11 shooting.
It was disappointing to see the second half. The Lakers absolutely crumbled for unknown reasons. The second half was rough to watch.
One of the biggest issues for LA was Boogie. He was absolutely unstoppable for the Kings. The success the Lakers had seen previously before did not come to fruition in this one.
Speaking of, Boogie Cousins is an incredible talent, but the attitude and being wrapped up in his own head is something that should cause some to hesitate. Maybe a change of scenery will help but the issues are a real concern.
Lastly, James Worthy needs to shut up.