After a near win in Sacramento on Saturday night versus the New Orleans Hornets, the Kings couldn’t keep the momentum as they headed down south – dropping a dud in Los Angeles last evening.
DeMarcus Cousins continued his strong early season play putting up 19/11 while holding Andrew Bynum to a paltry 2 of 9 with 5 rebounds. J.J. Hickson also had his strongest game as a King, recording his first double double in purple and black, but his shooting woes continued – only able to put in 5 of 16. Marcus Thornton snapped out of an early season funk, scoring his season high of 15 – but as has been the story of the season, turnovers yet again doomed the Kings early on.
After a strong first quarter, the Kings turned the ball over eight times in the second, turning their first quarter tie into a nine point deficit at half. A solid third quarter kept the Kings in the game, but an early Laker push in the fourth turned the game into a blowout.
The Kings return home to play the Cleveland Cavilers tomorrow evening.