Kobe Bryant scored a game-high 22 points to go along with four assists and six rebounds, but it wasn't enough to propel the Los Angeles Lakers to their first win of the preseason as they fell to the Sacramento Kings, 103-98, at the Thomas And Mack Center in Las Vegas on Friday.
A bright spot for Los Angeles was the strong play of third-year forward Devin Ebanks, who scored 20 points on 7-of-10 from the field, including 4-of-5 from the arc, and added six rebounds and an assist in an efficient 22 minutes.
Fourth-year Sacramento guard Marcus Thornton scored 19 points on 7-for-11 shooting to lead the Kings and added five rebounds and two steals. DeMarcus Cousins also had a strong showing with 18 points, 10 rebounds and three steals on the evening.
Los Angeles moves to 0-5 and will go for their first win of the preseason on Sunday, when Dwight Howard is expected to make his much-anticipated Lakers debut as the team has a rematch vs. the Kings at Staples Center.