Lakers Vs. Kings: L.A. Skeleton Crew Takes Loss In Sacramento

The Lakers will host the No. 6 seed (Denver or Dallas) on Sunday.

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Lakers Vs. Kings Final Score: L.A.'s 'White-Flag' Team Loses Regular Season Finale, 113-96

On Thursday, the Los Angeles Lakers visited the Sacramento Kings in the final regular-season game of the year. The Lakers, having already secured a comfortable playoff berth, opted to sit their three most valuable contributors -- Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum. As a result, the Kings rolled to an easy victory by a final score of 113-96.

The Kings outscored the Lakers 35-24 in the first round and proceeded to outscore the Los Angeles B-team in every quarter thereafter.

The Lakers, although being outplayed without their "Big Three," received some solid games from four different players who saw a lot more playing time and significantly more shot opportunities than usual. Josh McRoberts had 16 points and nine rebounds in 37 minutes on the floor. Ramon Sessions and Devin Ebanks put up 14 points each and Troy Murphy contributed 12.

DeMarcus Cousins put together a monster double-double for the Kings, finishing with 23 points and 19 rebounds.

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Lakers Vs. Kings: Kobe Bryant, Andrew Bynum, Pau Gasol All Sit Out Finale In Sacramento

The Los Angeles Lakers conclude their regular season Thursday night with a road battle against Pacific Division rivals the Sacramento Kings at Power Balance Pavilion. However, with the Lakers having already clinched the No. 3 seed, Thursday night's game is essentially meaningless, which means several stars won't play for the Lakers.

Kobe Bryant, Andrew Bynum, and Pau Gasol will all sit out tonight, per Mike Trudell of NBA.com. Couple that with Metta World Peace serving the first game of his seven-game suspension, and Matt Barnes back in Los Angeles with an injured ankle, and Thursday's roster is quite thin.

Given that the Lakers haven't played since Sunday, Bryant, Bynum, and Gasol will all have a week of rest by Sunday's playoff opener. The Lakers will host either the Denver Nuggets or Dallas Mavericks on Sunday at Staples Center.

Bryant, by not playing, conceded the scoring title to Kevin Durant. Bryant averaged 27.9 points per game on the season, just behind 28.0 for Durant, and would have needed to score 38 points in the season finale to capture his third scoring title. Instead, Durant secures his third scoring title.

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