The Sacramento Kings fell to the Los Angeles Lakers tonight by a score of 99-86. Although the Lakers came out victorious, it was ugly basketball to watch for both teams, especially the Kings.
The start of the game could not have gone worse for the purple and white. Due to poor execution on both offense and defense, the Lakers went on a 15-0 run and led 24-6 in the beginning stages of the game. But somehow, the Kings were able to find their rhythm, and in vintage Kangz fashion, only trailed 31-27 after the first.
The second quarter resulted in sloppy basketball for both squads. Both teams lacked execution on offense which caused a lot of turnovers to happen throughout the period. For the first half, the Kings recorded 10 turnovers while the Lakers had 11 of their own. The Lakers led 53-52 going into halftime.
To begin the second half, it seemed like the Kings started to pull away. Due to a 12-3 run to start the quarter, Sacramento found themselves up 64-56. But due to the Lakers constructing a run of their own, they found their way back into the game and more. Behind the efforts of Brook Lopez, Los Angeles was able to score 31 points for the quarter which gave them an 84-74 lead going into the final period.
The fourth quarter was ugly offensively. The Kings’ offense was pushed around by the Lakers which resulted in the purple and white to score just 12 points for the period. As a result, the Lakers were able to hold their lead and get the 99-86 win.
Overall, tonight was a bad performance by the Kings. The Lakers were just the more energized team, and as a result, they were able to push the Kings around for most of the night, especially on the offensive end.
Although tonight’s contest was painful for the eyes, there were some positives to take away from the game for Sacramento.
Bogdan Bogdanovic continues to thrive with the team as he recorded 19 points and four assists for the night. The backcourt of De’Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield performed well as they combined for 28 points, five assists, and five steals. Also, Vince Carter had himself a decent game as he recorded seven points, three blocks, and three steals.
Next game for the Kings will be Thursday night when they play against the Los Angeles Clippers.