Sacramento 109, L.A. Lakers 106
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 26 (Ticker) --
Doug Christie's hard foul left the door
open, but the Los Angeles Lakers were unable to walk through.
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The Lakers could not capitalize on Christie's flagrant foul with
under a minute remaining in a 109-106 loss to the Sacramento
Kings, who extended their winning streak to seven games.
Still one of the NBA's better rivalries, the game was tied at
105-105 with 52 seconds remaining when Christie was called for a
flagrant foul on Brian Cook, who made 1-of-2 free throws to
give the Lakers the lead.
Kobe Bryant, who scored 40 points, committed a turnover and Peja
Stojakovic made two free throws with 35 seconds left to give
the Kings the lead for good. Stojakovic scored nine of his 26
points in the fourth quarter.
Bryant missed another 3-pointer and Stojakovic made two more
foul shots, giving the Kings a 109-106 lead with six seconds
left. Following a timeout, Bryant and Lamar Odom each missed
from the arc.
Chris Webber collected 22 points and 16 rebounds for the Kings,
who have gone 8-1 since opening the season with a winless trip
through the "Texas Triangle."
Cook and Chris Mihm each contributed 15 points for Los Angeles.