The Los Angeles Lakers continued their unbeaten run to start the season, defeating the Sacramento Kings, 112-100 at Arco Arena in Sacramento. Kobe Bryant led the way with a triple-double, putting up 30 points, 10 rebounds, and 12 assists, to cap a milestone night for Bryant.
Tonight was the 17th career triple-double for Kobe, including his fourth away from Staples Center. His last triple-double came January 21, 2009 against the Clippers. Bryant also passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for most minutes played in Lakers franchise history. Kobe played 36 minutes tonight, giving him 37,527 career minutes, compared to 37,492 for Abdul-Jabbar in his Laker career.
Derek Fisher had 11 points for the Lakers, but seven of those came in a 55-second stretch late in the fourth to help stretch the lead after the Kings had cut what was once a 20-point deficit to seven. Pau Gasol had 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers, who shot 46.4% on the night. The Lakers also made 11-of-20 three-point attempts, and have made 52 out of 111 shots from beyond the arc (46.8%) so far this season. The Lakers committed a season-low six turnovers this season.
At 5-0, the Lakers are one of three undefeated teams in the NBA, joining the New Orleans Hornets and Atlanta Hawks. All three teams won tonight. The Lakers are off until Friday, when they host Toronto at Staples Center.
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