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Kobe Bryant, Lakers Fall To 0-2 With Loss To Kings In Sacramento

The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for the Lakers in Sacramento.

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Lakers Vs. Kings: Sacramento Withstands Late Run To Win 100-91

The Los Angeles Lakers mounted a comeback, but the Sacramento Kings were able to prevail 100-91. The Lakers were within striking distance with six minutes left to play in the game, and were able to get the King lead down to two points. However, Marcus Thornton, with 27 points, and the Kings were able to regroup and stave off Kobe Bryant's 29 points and the rest of the Lakers.

Meta World Peace came alive again in the fourth quarter, with three key baskets as the Lakers made their way back into the game. Paul Gasol also made an impact, as he, Bryant, and Derrick Fisher got into a rhythm which saw the Lakers surge ahead.

The Lakers had won three out of four against the Kings last year and won five straight in Sacramento. In the end, tired legs just came up short in the Lakers second straight of three straight games to open the season. It's the Lakers only three straight game stretch of the season, and it burns through three of the four games that Andrew Bynum is suspended for to begin the season.

Demarcus Cousins finished with a double double, scoring 12 points and pulling down 11 rebounds. The battle between the shooting guards was an offensive explosion the entire game, but Cousins was able to keep Gasol out of sync for long enough that Gasol's second half resurgence felt more like a pocket burst than a sustained performance.

The Lakers return to the Staples Center to play the Utah Jazz tomorrow night. New head coach Mike Brown will go for his first Laker win in his fifth attempt. The Lakers will then have a day off, then head right back into the thick of it on Thursday.

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Lakers Vs. Kings: LA Looks Tired Against Sac-Town

The Los Angeles Lakers haven't closed the gap on the Sacramento Kings, who's younger legs have them up 78-64 on the Lake Show. The Lakers are riding a five game winning streak in Sacramento, but the black out appears to have worked as that streak is in jeopardy. Kobe Bryant leads all scorers with 23 points, but that's on 19 shots. Nine of those points have come from the free throw line, and the only other scorer in double digits is Meta World Peace who hasn't score in the second half.

The Kings went on a significant run to end the third quarter, highlighted by an emphatic Demarcus Cousins putback dunk. The Kings now have four players in double digit scoring, and continue to shoot better than 50% from the field. Sacramento is also shooting 50% from behind the three point arc.

The Lakers are still shooting worse that 40% from the field, and only 8% from behind the three point arc. The only bright spot for the Lakers is their high percentage of free throws made, without which the Lakers would be staring up at a towering deficit. With the Kings extremely hot from the field, it's the defense that has let the Lakers down just as much as the offense has.


Lakers Vs. Kings: Lakers Early Season Struggles Continue Through Halftime, Trail 49-40

Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers trail the Sacramento Kings at halftime, 49-40, as the absence of Andrew Bynum continues to affect the Laker offense. Bryant leads all Laker scorers with 12 points, but is only 4-11. LA's most consistent scorer has been Meta World Peace, who singlehandedly kept the Lakers in the game at the start of the second quarter, and is shooting 5-7 from the field.

The Kings are shooting better than 50% from the field, and Tyreke Evens leads the team with 12 points. Despite having a nine point lead, the Kings only have the one player in double digit scoring. It's been good team basketball as eleven players have made it onto the court and ten of them appear on the scoresheet.

In contrast, the Lakers have had only seven players score, and three of those players have just two points. The team is shooting just 36% from the floor, and with Kobe Bryant, Meta World Peace, and Troy Murphy essentially carrying the team on their own, a comeback is going to be difficult. It's important to keep in mind that four of Bryant's points are from the free throw line.

The Lakers need something to click in the second half, and they need it to click right away. The Lakers are 1-10 from behind the three point line, but are out rebounding the Kings. If the Lakers can find their shooting stroke, there's a chance the game could be turned around. However, there was little evidence of that happening in the first half.


Lakers Vs. Kings: Both Teams Rusty In Sacramento Home Opener

With the Los Angeles Lakers fumbling away the lead to the Chicago Bulls in their Christmas Day matchup, LA has come out in their first road game against the Sacramento Kings firing on all cylinders. Unfortunately, the car is an old jalopy and the Lakers have had trouble turning that energy into points. Kobe Bryant came out and took eight shots, only making two. Shooting had improved by the end of the quarter, as the Lakers trail by just one at the quarter break 21-20. This despite the team being 3-12 just after the six minute mark.

The Lakers are in their home yellows once again, as the Sacramento Kings petitioned the league to wear their black alternate uniforms at home. Still, it's a typical game at the Arco Arena, with the score close and the teams combining to take 36 shots in the first half. The only thing that's changed is the lack of cowbell.

Bryant leads the team with 7 points, Josh McRoberts leads the intangibles with 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Paul Gasol is playing serious minutes with an injured right shoulder. Meta World Peace has come off the bench to give the Lakers a bit of a lift halfway through the quarter.


Lakers Injury Update: Pau Gasol, Josh McRoberts With Sprains, Will Play Against Kings

The Los Angeles Lakers are going into the second game of a back-to-back-to-back a little banged up. Kobe Bryant is of course injured, but you'll expect he'll play without too significant a dropoff in his play (although fatigue could be a factor in this contest).

However, two more Lakers got injured in their contest with the Chicago Bulls on Christmas Day. Pau Gasol has a right shoulder sprain, which could affect his polished shooting form. Josh McRoberts also has a left thumb sprain, which might make it harder for him to haul in the rebounds. Both are expected to play against the Sacramento Kings.

With no Andrew Bynum for the next several contests, the Lakers need their big men to stay healthy, or they could become especially vulnerable against other formidable foes. Gasol and McRoberts need to be in top form for this contest.

To discuss the injuries with Lakers fans, head to Silver Screen and Roll. To discuss the injuries with Kings fans, go to Sactown Royalty.


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