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Sacramento Kings

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Friday, February 28, 2014

STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA

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Farmar scores career-high 30 as Lakers beat Kings

By Joe Resnick on Saturday, Mar. 1, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) Jordan Farmar scored a career-high 30 points off the bench, making eight of 10 shots from 3-point range, and the Los Angeles Lakers capitalized on the absence of suspended Sacramento star DeMarcus Cousins to beat the Kings 126-122 Friday night.

Jodie Meeks made all eight of his shots and finished with 22 points, including three of the Lakers' franchise-record 19 3-pointers on 27 attempts. Pau Gasol also scored 22, and newly acquired reserve MarShon Brooks had 23.

The Lakers shot 60 percent in a matchup of teams with the two worst records in the Western Conference. They have won the first three meetings against the Kings this season, with one remaining on April 2 at Sacramento.

Los Angeles is a game behind the Kings in the conference standings and 1 1/2 behind Utah.

The Lakers (20-39) must go 11-12 the rest of the way to avoid tying the 1974-75 squad for the worst record in a regulation season since the franchise relocated from Minneapolis to Los Angeles in 1960-61.

Rudy Gay scored 32 points for the Kings, who squandered a 12-point lead before halftime and then blew a 15-point lead in the second half despite converting 17 Lakers turnovers into 25 points. Derrick Williams and Isaiah Thomas each had 27 points.

First-year Sacramento coach Michael Malone used his 14th different starting lineup, with Williams making his first start since Feb. 2 and power forward Jason Thompson shifting to center in Cousins' spot.

Cousins, who is averaging a team-high 22.3 points, received a one-game ban from the NBA on Thursday for punching Houston guard Patrick Beverley in the stomach during the Kings' 129-103 home loss Tuesday night.

Suspensions are nothing new to Cousins. Last season, the enigmatic four-year veteran with the hair-trigger temper was suspended two games by the league for confronting San Antonio TV analyst and former player Sean Elliott in a hostile manner on the court following the Spurs' postgame show, because of some on-air remarks Elliott made criticizing Cousins for trash-talking with Tim Duncan.

About a month later, Cousins was suspended one game for striking Dallas' O.J. Mayo in the groin area. Cousins got into trouble again less than 1 1/2 weeks after that while the Kings were at Staples Center to play the Clippers. That night he shouted at Kings coach Keith Smart in the locker room during halftime, was benched for the rest of that game and then suspended two games for "unprofessional behavior and conduct detrimental to the team."

On New Year's Day 2012, Cousins demanded a trade and was ordered by then-coach Paul Westphal to stay home for a game while the team was in New Orleans because of his "lack of commitment" to the organization.

NOTES: The only other 30-point game for a Lakers player this season was by Nick Young, who had 31 on Jan. 20 in an overtime loss at Chicago. ... Lakers point guard Kendall Marshall played 19 scoreless minutes with 10 assists. ... The Kings came in averaging a league-worst 22.9 fouls. They were called for 16 against the Lakers. ... The Lakers are one of seven teams that have lost 20 or more games by double-digit margins. ... Sacramento will host Minnesota and New Orleans before going back on the road for seven straight games. ... The Lakers have won 16 of their last 20 against the Kings, with three of the losses coming in Sacramento.

QUICK HITTERS:The Lakers made a franchise regulation record 19 three-pointers (on just 27 attempts).

L.A. became just the second team since 1985-86 to shoot better than 70% from deep while attempting at least 25 shots (Atlanta, 19-27, 12/17/96).

Los Angeles is shooting 61.8% (34-55) from deep over the last two games.

Jordan Farmar scored a career-high 30 points by way of a career-best eight three-pointers. It was the second consecutive game he led the bench in scoring and the second 30+ point game from a Lakers bench member (Nick Young, 31) this season.

The 126 points was a season-high for the Lakers (previously 119, 2/5 at CLE).

Pau Gasol had eight first half field goals, tying the most in a half by a Laker this season, done most recently by Gasol 1/15 at PHX.

The Lakers have cracked the century mark in scoring in six of the last seven contests and have done so 20 times in the 27 games of 2014.

With four players unavailable tonight, the Lakers have missed 216 games due to injury this season, the most in the NBA.

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Game Notes

2013-14 Series Notes: Los Angeles leads the 2013-14 season series against Sacramento 2-0

All-Time Series Notes: 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 286 times overall and 122 times since the Kings moved to Sacramento ... The Lakers lead the
all-time series with the Kings 196-90 (88-34 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 59 career games against the Kings including 50 starts, Kobe
Bryant is averaging 26.8 points (6th highest average among all opponents) with a high game of 51
points 1/19/06 at Sacramento ... On 3/30/13 against Sacramento, Bryant became the 4th
leading scorer in NBA history at the 7:54 mark of the second quarter

Connections: Kings F Rudy Gay and Lakers F/C Pau Gasol were teammates on the Memphis Grizzlies in 2006-07 and 2007-08 until Gasol was traded to the Lakers on Feb. 1, 2008… Lakers F/C Jordan
Hill and Kings F Carl Landry were teammates on the Houston Rockets during the 2010-11 season ... Landry was 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 in 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… Kings F Rudy Gay and F Quincy Acy were coached by Lakers assistant Johnny Davis on the Raptors during the 2012-13 season with Davis in the same role … Davis
also coached Kings C Aaron Gray on Toronto during the 2011-12 season ... Acy and Lakers G Nick Young played together on the Los Angeles Clippers for the later part of the 2011-12 season ... Kings F
Reggie Evans and Lakers G MarShon Brooks were teammates on the Brooklyn Nets during the 2012-13 season .... Gay and Henry were teammates on Memphis for 2010-11 and part of the 2011-12
season ... Kings F Derrick Williams and Lakers F Wesley Johnson were teammates on the Minnesota Timberwolves during the 2011-12 season ... Kings Head Coach Michael Malone coached Lakers G
Kent Bazemore as an assistant on the Golden State Warriors during the 2012-13 season ... Hill and Williams both played collegiately at Arizona ... Lakers G Jodie Meeks and Kings C DeMarcus Cousins
both played collegiately at Kentucky.

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Game Leaders

  LAL   MEM  
Jordan Farmar
pts Rudy Gay
Wesley Johnson
reb Derrick Williams
Kendall Marshall
ast Isiah Thomas

Game Starters

  LAL   SAC  
Kendall Marshall g Isaiah Thomas
Jodie Meeks g Ben McLemore
Pau Gasol c DeMarcus Cousins*
Wesley Johnsone f Jason Thompson
Kent Bazemore f Rudy Gay



    Injury Report - LAKERS

    • Kobe Bryant:
      (fractured left knee) is out
    • Xavier Henry:
      (right knee bone bruise) is out
    • Steve Nash:
      (nerve root irritation) is out
    • Nick Young:
      (sore knee) is out
    • Chris Kaman:
      (sore back) is questionable

    Injury Report - KINGS

    • Jason Terry:
      (knee) is out

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