Pau Gasol, Jodie Meeks
Jordan Hill, Robert Sacre
|W. Johnson||SF||D. Williams|
|J. Hill||PF||J. Thompson|
|P. Gasol||C||D. Cousins|
|J. Meeks||SG||B. McLemore|
|S. Blake||PG||G. Vasquez|
K. Bryant: Achilles Out
S. Nash: Back Out
Pau Gasol: Ankle Questionable
Jordan Farmar: Hamstring Out
D. Cousins: Ankle Questionable
C. Landry: Hip Out
Lakers beat kings 106-100, await Bryant's return
By Jordan Garretson
December 06, 2013
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Jodie Meeks made two huge 3-pointers in the final minutes to finish with 19 points, lifting the Los Angeles Lakers past the Sacramento Kings 106-100 Friday night in what was expected to their last game before Kobe Bryant returns.
Pau Gasol had 19 points and seven rebounds, and Steve Blake added 13 points and 10 assists for the Lakers, who held the Kings scoreless for nearly 3 1/2 minutes until Ben McLemore's meaningless 3-pointer with 6.9 seconds remaining.
The Lakers are figuring to get an even bigger boost when Bryant returns against Toronto on Sunday, nearly eight months since undergoing surgery on his torn left Achilles tendon.
DeMarcus Cousins and McLemore each scored 20 points, and Isaiah Thomas added 14 points and a season-high nine assists as Sacramento lost its sixth straight game.
The Lakers outshot the Kings 47.7 to 43 percent but were outrebounded 51-36. Los Angeles forced 17 turnovers - and committed only 12 - to seize control in the final minutes.After going down by 10 points late in the third quarter, Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni called a timeout and shouted to his players to improve defensively. They responded, scoring 11 straight to go ahead 88-87 on Blake's 3 early in the fourth.
Meeks made a 3-pointer before Gasol's 20-footer gave the Lakers a 98-97 lead with 1:30 remaining. Meeks followed with another 3-pointer to extend the Lakers' lead to 101-97 with 1:09 to play.
Wesley Johnson stole the ball from McLemore on the next possession. And Nick Young followed with a 20-foot jumper to send most of the announced sellout of 17,317 - most wearing white T-shirts as part of Sacramento's "white out" - to the exits.
The best news for the Lakers came earlier Friday, when Bryant announced his return in a dramatic video posted on his Facebook page. Bryant didn't make the trip to Sacramento, and Los Angeles had only nine healthy players - and one point guard - after injuries to Steve Nash (back and hamstring), Jordan Farmar (left hamstring tear) and Chris Kaman (back spasms).
Robert Sacre, who started at center for the first time this season in place of Jordan Hill, helped the Lakers go ahead by eight points early in the first quarter. Thomas ignited the Kings with 14 points and seven assists in the first half as they rallied to take a 51-43 lead late in the second quarter.
Cousins' free throws with 3:35 remaining in the fourth gave Sacramento a 97-93 lead. But the Kings didn't score again until McLemore's 3-pointer in the closing seconds.
NOTES: A moment of silence was held before the game for Nelson Mandela, the former South African president and anti-apartheid icon who died Thursday at age 95. ... Nash could return to the lineup next week, D'Antoni said. ... The Kings assigned C Hamady Ndiaye to the Reno Bighorns, the team's NBA Development League affiliate.
All-Time Series Notes: Los Angeles leads the 2013-14 season series against Sacramento 1-0 ... Last year, the Lakers won the season series 3-1, and have now captured the season series with the Kings every year but once since 2005-06 ... The two franchises have met 284 times overall and 120 times since the Kings moved to Sacramento ... The Lakers lead the all-time series with the Kings 195-90 (87-34 vs. Sacramento) ... The Lakers are 20-8 all-time against the Kings at STAPLES Center and 9-1 in their last 10 home contests ... Against Sacramento on 11/3, 2010, Kobe Bryant recorded his 17th career triple-double, while passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the franchise leader for career minutes in a 112-100 Lakers victory at Sacramento ... In 2006-07, the Lakers were whistled for 42 personal fouls in their 132-128 overtime victory January 4, 2007 in Sacramento, establishing a new Los Angeles era franchise record ... The Lakers last committed 42 personal fouls back on 2/17/57 versus St. Louis when the team was still in Minneapolis ... Additionally, the Lakers and Kings combined for 80 personal fouls and 102 free throws on the night, which was, at the time, the most fouls committed by two teams in more than seven years ... In 58 career games against the Kings including 50 starts, Kobe Bryant is averaging 27.0 points (6th highest average among all opponents) with a high game of 51 points 1/19/06 at Sacramento ... In his most recent meeting 3/30/13 with Sacramento, Bryant became the 4th all-time leading scorer in NBA history at the 7:54 mark of the second quarter.
Connections: Lakers F/C Jordan Hill and Kings F’s Chuck Hayes, Carl Landry and Patrick Patterson were teammates on the Houston Rockets during the 2010- 11 season… Landry and Kings G Greivis Vasquez were teammates with Lakers C Chris Kaman and G Xavier Henry on the New Orleans Hornets during the 2011-12 season… Kaman and Kings F Travis Outlaw were teammates with the Los Angeles with the Clippers in 2009-10… Outlaw and Lakers G Jordan Farmar were teammates on the New Jersey Nets during the 2010-11 season… Lakers G Jodie Meeks teamed with Kings F Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and G John Salmons on the Milwaukee Bucks during the 2009-10 season… Mbah a Moute and Farmar were teammates at UCLA during the 2005-06 season… Lakers G Steve Blake played with Outlaw on the Portland Trail Blazers during the 2005-06 and 2007-10 seasons, and the pair were traded to the Los Angeles Clippers in February 2010 for Marcus Camby… Patterson and Meeks were teammates at the University of Kentucky during the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons.