LOS ANGELES – The Sacramento Kings couldn’t escape the Los Angeles Lakers this time around. The Kings fall 121-114 to the Lakers at the Staples Center just three days after watching Bogdan Bogdanovic ice them with a buzzer beater in Sacramento.

Sacramento Kings point guard De’Aaron Fox goes for a layup against Los Angeles shooting guard Josh Hart at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Dec. 30, 2018. (OBSERVER photo by Russell Stiger Jr.)

Josh Hart had 22 points and Brandon Ingram added 21 points, seven rebounds, nine assists, two blocked shots, and one steal for the Lakers (21-16). Kyle Kuzma had 18 points, nine rebounds, and assists, Kentavious Caldwell-Pop knocked down 26 points of the bench for the Lakers.

De’Aaron Fox had 26 points, seven assists, four rebounds, and three steals while Buddy Hield contributed 21 points, three rebounds, and two assists. Bogdanovic had 21 points off the bench for the Kings (20-17).

The Kings lead by seven points late in the fourth quarter when the Lakers scored 12 consecutive buckets to take a 113-10, including a trey with 2:12 left in the fourth quarter. The Lakers never relinquished the lead.

“We made too many mistakes with the basketball,” Kings coach Dave Joerger said. “They got a lot of loose balls tonight and they had too many times where they blew by us and shot layups.”


By Antonio Harvey, OBSERVER Staff Writer