|W. Johnson||SF||L. Moute|
|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
C. Landry Hip Out
Henry, Gasol lead Lakers past Kings
By Joe Resnick
November 24, 2013
LOS ANGELES (AP) Xavier Henry had another one of those solid games that Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni wishes he could get from his guard on a consistent basis.
Henry scored 12 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, Pau Gasol had 20 points and 10 rebounds, and the Lakers beat the Sacramento Kings 100-86 Sunday night.
"I haven't played as well these last few games, but I know I can still bring defensive intensity," Henry said. "So I just came out and played the same game, but I just was just a little more aggressive."
Steve Blake finished with 12 assists, nine points and five rebounds. The 11-year veteran, who has started all 14 games for the Lakers at point guard in place of the injured Steve Nash, has recorded double digits in assists in each of the last five.
"There's nothing better than being out there and setting guys up for shots," Blake said. "Coach gives me the freedom to do that, and the offense lets you as a point guard create for people. So I'm just loving it."
The Lakers, back at .500 following their third straight victory, began a stretch of four consecutive games against teams with losing records (Washington, Brooklyn and Detroit).
Greivis Vasquez led Sacramento with 20 points and DeMarcus Cousins added 17 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Reserve guard Isaiah Thomas finished with nine points in 30 minutes and was 4 for 11 from the field, ending his string of double-digit games at 12.
"We played everybody they had out there and didn't focus on one person," Henry said. "We just had a simple game plan for each and every possession they had. We just played hard and showed energy, and that's the best thing you can do. When you do that, everything will work itself out."
Lakers forward Wesley Johnson turned in perhaps the defensive play of the game less than 4 1/2 minutes in when he when he hustled up court and executed a spectacular chase-down block of Luc Mbah a Moute's fast-break layup.
"I don't believe in stopping on any play because you never know what's going to happen," Johnson said, "I just didn't want to quit on the play. ... I wanted to bring the energy that we needed on the defensive end to set the tone from the very beginning."
The Kings played at Staples Center for the second straight day after erasing a 20-point deficit against the Clippers and losing 103-102. They spotted the Lakers a 13-point lead in the second quarter before cutting the deficit to 55-52 with consecutive dunks by Cousins and No.1 draft pick Ben McLemore 42 seconds apart early in the third.
But the Lakers maintained the lead the rest of the way, breaking it open with a 13-5 run that put them up 86-69 with 6:57 to play.
Vasquez connected on his first six shots, four of them during a 1:37 span, but Los Angeles still led 29-24 after one quarter against a team that came in averaging the fewest first-quarter points in the league (22.6).
"The one concern we had coming into the game was their ability to shoot the ball," rookie coach Michael Malone said. "But 14 turnovers, and them outscoring us 22-11 on fast breaks really hurt. And they scored 46 points in the paint."
The Kings are 3-4 since Malone inserted McLemore and Jason Thompson into the starting lineup in place of shooting guard Marcus Thornton and forward Patrick Patterson, following the team's 1-5 start without the injured Carl Landry. Landry is expected to be sidelined three to four months because of torn flexor muscle in his left hip, which required surgery on Oct. 15.
NOTES: Kings F Travis Outlaw was fined $15,000 by the league for "excessive and unnecessary contact," a day after getting his first career his ejection for his flagrant 2 foul against J.J. Reddick. ... Gasol has a new book out titled "Life - Vida," in which former Los Angeles Times award-winning photographer Lori Shepler chronicled the Laker center's activities on and off the court since the start of the 2010-11 season. ... Sacramento has shot less than 50 percent from the field in each of its first 13 games. ... Kings coach and director of player development Dee Brown is scheduled to have surgery this week after injuring his knee at practice on Friday.
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Kings vs. LakersSteve Blake scores 9 points and dishes out 12 assists as the Lakers drop the Kings in southern California.
Postgame: Steve Blake(11/24/13)
Postgame: Xavier Henry(11/24/13)
Lakers en Espanol: Kings(11/24/13)
Postgame: Mike D'Antoni(11/24/13)
Blake to MeeksSteve Blake throws a wonderful pass to Jodie Meeks.
Blake to JohnsonWesley Johnson finishes with a powerful slam.
Shootaround Preview: KingsLarry Lewis joins Mike Trudell to break down tonight's match up vs the Kings.
Practice: Pau Gasol(11/23/13)
Practice: Jordan Hill(11/23/13)
Practice: Mike D'Antoni(11/23/13)
Lakers Head Coach Mike D’Antoni:
(On tonight’s game)
"We are sticking to our principles a lot. I think they’re getting to the point where they’re not thinking about things and reacting and sticking to what we are doing. They’re just following the game plan really well. The last part is their effort. They want to do it. I think because you share the ball on offensive and everyone feel good about how they are playing that it transfers on the defensive end and get more team energy. I think it has shown in the last 3 games.”
(On the Lakers offensive plays)
“He [Blake] is picking out who’s open. He’s getting more comfortable with what he’s doing. I think Jordan Farmar came in and did a great job. Jodie Meeks keeps playing excellent. He kind of broke the game open with his defense with a couple steals and got down the court. As I told the guys in the dressing room, the biggest thing is that everyone went in, and you could go down the whole list, and did something positive for the team. There was not a negative guy out there. If you do that then you’re going to get some wins.”
(On Xavier Henry’s game tonight)
“He’s going to come at you. He’s 22 years old and I think there will be ups and downs. He can’t lose his aggressiveness. If some of that ever gets out of control we will take him out and he will have to learn through mistakes. We keep pointing them out and we keep showing the film and having patience with him. Tonight it paid off.”
(On his expectations of the Lakers moving forward)
“Just to continue to play like we are playing. The first step is at home, everyone knows that. The next step is to do it on the road. We can do it. I don’t know if that will be on Tuesday, but that’s our goal. We need to have a winning record on the road and that’s when you are a good team.”
(On the Lakers chemistry)
“We’re as good as it gets. I don’t know if you could ever put it on a scale [of 1-10] it’s just a good feeling out there and all of the guys are pulling for each other. I don’t have to worry about, for example, Wesley Johnson didn’t go back in at the end of the quarter like he normally does. I thought Nick Young was doing really well and the whole team was doing well. He’s [Johnson] not in there pouting. I don’t have to run to him and say ‘I’m sorry’ and ‘we will get you in’. No, we won and he’s [Johnson] happy.”
Lakers player shooting guard Nick Young
(On changing style)
“Anything to win. We all played great tonight, we needed this win. We’ll do anything to get a victory out there.”
(On what he’s doing better now that he wasn’t doing before)
“I think we are just getting more comfortable out there. Everyone’s starting to know how to play and know what they are supposed to do out there. We are all relaxed out there, having fun.”
Lakers player Forward Shawne Williams
(On how they won three games in a row)
“We are playing with confidence. We have been having practices. I feel like we’ve been going one game lose to two so we are just trying to put it together. We are just trying to get wins.”
(On what happened between you and Jordan [Farmar] and DeMarcus Cousins)
“I thought DeMacrus kind of pushed him down and I just told him that can’t happen. I just tried to stick up for my team, we are a team and I feel like Jordan would stick up for me so I stuck up for him.”
(On role of stepping in)
“I feel like any one of us would do that, I don’t feel like it’s just a role for me. If someone throws me down I feel like Jordan [Farmar] would be the first one there for me. I don’t look at it as a role, I feel like we are a team we stick up for each other.” Lakers player guard Steve Blake
>(On what’s working so well)
“I think it’s just practice, we go over it every single day. The different options we have, who you are running with, just the chemistry that we build with repetition is what helps.”
(On how the locker room has been the last couple weeks)
“Its’ been great, it’s a good locker room win or lose. I think we are all buying into the concepts and I think we are really starting to make them instinctual.”
(On that’s been the key defensively)
“A lot of effort and a lot of being in the right positions. We have been really paying attention to the scouting report and individual strengths and weaknesses. I think that really makes a difference when we are over all engaged like that.”
Lakers center Pau Gasol
(On what the Lakers did well tonight)
“Intensity. I think we’re communicating. I think we’re doing a good job defensively. For the most part I think we did a good job of holding this team to 86 points. I think we showed a great effort and we just have to keep that up.”
>(On the key to winning on the road)
“We have to play together on the road. It’s going to be a little more difficult on the road, but we have three games in four nights, so we have to start well, and start the tone in Washington. They’re playing well at home. They have a nice young dynamic team, but we have to give it a good shot, a good effort. If we play [them] with this kind of energy and focus, we’re going to have a chance.”
Lakers center Jordan Hill
>(On what went well for the Lakers tonight)
“There was a lot of talking. We rotated better on defense. The energy is there. We knew what we needed to do. We just went out there and handled our business.”
(On the chemistry between him and Pau)
“[It’s] good. Pau’s doing good. He’s just been tough out there, and we have each other’s back.
Lakers guard Xavier Henry
(On his role on the team)
“Just a contributor. I know I can score, I know I can play defense hard. I know I can impact the game a lot of ways, and for me to put it together every night is what my challenge is right now, and that’s what they want me to do. I’m going to keep contributing.
(On what the Lakers need to carry into the road games)
“We have to carry our momentum right now. Right now guys are playing hard. We’re playing like we want it and when we have everybody playing that hard at one time, we’re really good.”
THE FACT: The Los Angeles Lakers' bench has outscored the opposition's reserves in 13 of 14 games this season.
THE LEAD: The Lakers have the NBA's highest-scoring group of reserves and Xavier Henry is just one of the reasons why. Henry exploded for a team-high 21 points off the bench Sunday night against the visiting Sacramento Kings, leading the way in a 100-86 victory at Staples Center Sunday night.
QUOTABLE: "We have good guys. They share. They don't care [about their stats]. They have the right values." --Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni
THE STAT: The leading scorer for the Lakers (7-7) has come off the bench five times this season and been the co-leading scorer in another.
TURNING POINT: The Kings (4-9) came back from a 20-point deficit the day before against the Clippers before ultimately losing by one, so it was no surprise when they nearly erased a 12-point third quarter deficit. Luc Mbah a Moute trimmed L.A.'s lead to two with a driving layup, but that was as close as Sacramento would get as the Lakers scored the final 10 points of the quarter to go back ahead by double digits. The Kings wouldn't get any closer than nine the rest of the way.
QUOTABLE II: "We're sticking out our principles. They aren't thinking, they're reacting."
HOT: Henry scored 12 points in the fourth quarter to help put away the Kings. He finished 7-for-11 from the field, only the second time this season he has made more than half his shots. Jodie Meeks also had an efficient game for the Lakers, scoring 14 points on 6-for-10 from the floor. Meeks has scored at least 14 points in three of the last four games. Jordan Hill and Pau Gasol reached double figures in points and rebounds. Kings point guard Greivis Vasquez scored 13 of his team-high 20 points in the opening quarter, shooting 6-for-7. --Mike D'Antoni
NOT: The Kings scored just three points in the final 7:16 of the third quarter, opening the door for the Lakers to stretch their lead back to double digits. Sacramento's reserves combined to miss all six of their field-goal attempts in the decisive third quarter.
GOOD MOVE: It's pretty safe to say Gasol and DeMarcus Cousins of the Kings aren't fond of each other. Gasol had to feel some pleasure when he baited Cousins into committing his third foul with just under three minutes remaining in the first half and the Kings trailing by 10. As Cousins tried to back down on Gasol with a post-up move, Gasol looked toward one of the referees after the first bump and then fell on his back after the second. He earned the offensive foul on Cousins, which sent him to the bench for the rest of the half.
BAD MOVE: Even when Cousins tried to lend a helping hand, he ended up getting a technical foul. Cousins gave Lakers point guard Jordan Farmar an extra shove as he was falling to the court with 5:42 left in the game. Cousins then tried to help Farmar up, but he would have none of it. Cousins then started having loud words with Lakers forward Shawne Williams, forcing them to be separated. Both players received technical fouls for the incident. Cousins also received a technical foul late in Saturday's one-point loss to the Clippers.
NOTABLE: The 61 points by the Kings through the first three quarters was a season-low for an L.A. opponent this season. ... Lakers starting point guard Steve Blake, who had his string of double-digit assist games snapped at a career-best four games Friday night, generated 12 assists against the Kings. ... The Lakers can go above .500 for the first time this season with a victory Tuesday at Washington. ... The Lakers are 6-1 this season when scoring at least 100 points.
UP NEXT: For the Lakers, Tuesday @ Washington, Wednesday @ Brooklyn, Friday @ Detroit. For the Kings, Friday vs. L.A. Clippers, Sunday vs. Golden State, Dec. 3 vs. Oklahoma City.