Lakers Gameday

25 - 50
Sacramento Kings

27 - 48

Tip-Off: 7:00PM PST

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, CA

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SAC 24 36 27 20 107
Sacramento Kings

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Gay, Mccallum Lead Kings Past Lakers, 107-102

By Jeff Weidel on April 02, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Rudy Gay scored nine of his 31 points in the fourth quarter, Ray McCallum had 27 points and the Sacramento Kings beat the Los Angeles Lakers 107-102 on Wednesday night.

Sacramento, which avoided a series sweep, scored nine straight points early in the second quarter and didn't trail again in winning its second straight. The Lakers had won the first three meetings this season and beaten their Pacific Division rivals five consecutive overall.
Jodie Meeks scored 21 points and Jordan Hill had 18 points and 15 rebounds before fouling out late in the fourth quarter for the Lakers. Nick Young, who scored 40 points Tuesday in a loss to Portland, had 17 points and Kent Bazemore added 14.

Los Angeles lost its second straight and fourth in five games. The Lakers, losers of six straight road games, are 11-27 away from home this season.

The Lakers (25-50) are experiencing only their eighth losing season since moving west from Minneapolis in 1960. They are on pace to have their worst record in the Los Angeles era. The last time the Lakers had 50 or more losses was 1974-75 (30-52).

DeMarcus Cousins had 20 points and 10 rebounds, while rookie guard Ben McLemore had 12 points for Sacramento.

Fouled trouble plagued Cousins in the opening half when he played only 10 minutes and had eight points and three fouls. Cousins picked up his fourth foul with 7:11 left in the third quarter and went to the bench a short time later.

Sacramento played its fifth straight game without point guard Isaiah Thomas, who has bruised right quadriceps.

Hill hit a jumper and Ryan Kelly followed with a dunk, cutting the Sacramento lead to 103-100. But the Lakers could get no closer in the game's final minute.

Hill converted two free throws and Meeks made a fast-break layup, cutting the Kings lead to 96-91 with 4:32 remaining. Cousins responded with a basket, a free throw, then found Outlaw open for a dunk, giving the Kings a 101-93 lead.

It was one more game where the Lakers played with a depleted roster. Missing the game were Pau Gasol (vertigo), Steve Nash (ankle), Chris Kamen (calf) and Xaiver Henry (multiple injuries).

The Lakers said Gasol suffered a "severe recurrence of vertigo" Wednesday in his Sacramento hotel. The 13-year veteran missed four straight games stemming from his initial bout with vertigo 1 1/2 weeks ago, Gasol played Tuesday night in a loss to Portland, but said he might have rushed his return to the court.

Leading by eight points at the half, the Kings built an 87-76 lead entering the fourth quarter. Gay, McCallum and Cousins all scored seven points in the third when the Kings outscored Los Angeles 27-24.

NOTES: Ex-Kings forward Brian Grant was sitting courtside. ... McCallum had 17 points and Gay scored 15 in the first half when Sacramento led 60-52. ... The Kings' reserves had seven first-half points and finished with 14. ... The Kings are 16-21 this season at home.

Game Notes

2013-14 Series Notes: Los Angeles and Portland are tied at one win apiece with each team
taking a game on the road.

All-Time Series Notes: The Lakers took the 2012-13 season series with Portland 3-1 … It was
their third consecutive year taking the series from the Trail Blazers 2-1 (2011-12) and 3-1 (2010-
11) … The 2010-11 series marked the Lakers first season series victory against the Trail Blazers
since 2004-05 … Since 1989, the Lakers have won just five season series with Portland (2012-
13; 2011-12; 2010-11; 2004-05: 2-1; 1992-93: 3-2) … This will be the 209th meeting between the
Trail Blazers and Lakers with Los Angeles leading the all-time series 118-90 ... The Lakers are 6-
4 against the Trail Blazers in their last 10 overall games … At STAPLES Center, the Lakers are
21-6 against the Trail Blazers all-time in the regular season and have won 11-of-their-last-13 in
Los Angeles ... Despite snapping a 9-game losing streak at the Rose Garden in February of 2010
(2/6/10 at Portland, first win there since 2/23/05), the Lakers are still just 6-18 in their last 24
regular season games in Rip City including a 4-6 mark in their last 10 … In recent series history,
during the 2011-12 season (2/20/12), the Lakers held the Trail Blazers to just seven first quarter
points, Portland’s lowest first quarter point total in their then 3,363-game history in the NBA ...
The total also matched the second lowest first quarter point total allowed by the Lakers since
moving to Los Angeles prior to the 1960-61 season ... In October of 2008, the Lakers held the
Trail Blazers to their lowest scoring total in series history with a 96-76 opening night victory
(10/28/08) ... In 2006-07, Kobe Bryant scored 65 points March 16 at STAPLES Center,
surpassing his own series record of 50 points established at home back on April 14, 2006 (the
same day Bryant surpassed Elgin Baylor’s single-season franchise scoring record of 2,719
points)... In 58 career games against Portland including 52 starts, Bryant is averaging 27.8 points
against the Blazers, his third highest career total against a single team behind Charlotte (28.7)
and Toronto (28.3).

Connections: Lakers G Xavier Henry and Blazers F Thomas Robinson were teammates in college at the University of Kansas from 2009-10 ... Blazers G Allen Crabbe was born in Los Angeles and
attended Price High School … Lakers G Steve Nash and Blazers F Robin Lopez were teammates with the Phoenix Suns from 2008-12 … Lakers G Jordan Farmar and Blazers G Earl Watson both
played collegiate basketball at UCLA … Lakers assistant coach Johnny Davis was a member of the Blazers 1977 NBA Championship team … Blazers C Robin Lopez was born in North Hollywood …
Blazers G Mo Williams and Lakers F Nick Young were teammates on the LA Clippers in 2011-12 ... Blazers G Wesley Matthews played against Lakers G Kobe Bryant, F Pau Gasol and Farmar in the
2010 NBA Playoffs.

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Game Leaders

  LAL   SAC  
Jodie Meeks
pts Rudy Gay
Jordan Hill
reb Jason Thompson
Kendall Marshall
ast Ray McCallum


Game Starters

  LAL   SAC  
Kendall Marshall g Ray McCallum
Jodie Meeks g Ben McLemore
Robert Sacre c DeMarcus Cousins
Ryan Kelly f Reggie Evans
Kent Bazemore f Rudy Gay

Injury Report - LAKERS

  • Kobe Bryant:
    (fractured left knee) is out
  • Jordan Farmar:
    (groin) is out

Injury Report - KINGS

  • Isaiah Thomas:
    (quad) is probable
  • Carl Landry:
    (knee) is out
  • Jason Terry:
    (knee) is out