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FSM Recap: Lakers vs Kings – Game 67 – 2023

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Los Angeles Lakers (36-31)  |  Sacramento Kings (38-27)

 

Wednesday night, it was the Lakers vs Kings in Sacramento.  The Lakers failed to show up against the Kings as Los Angeles dropped its fifth in a row against Sacramento, 120-107.  

 

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The Los Angeles Lakers took on the Kings in Sacramento on Wednesday night. In a Western Conference matchup with major playoff-seeding implications, the Sacramento Kings beat the Lakers 120-107 in a game that wasn’t as close as the score indicated.

The Lakers have struggled against the Kings this season, but chief among them has been Anthony Davis not getting it done. Domantas Sabonis has owned this matchup this season, as Davis came in averaging just 17.7 points and 12 rebounds on 43.2% shooting in three games against Sacramento. Meanwhile, Sabonis was averaging 19 points, 17 rebounds, and eight assists against the Lakers, and there was no way L.A. could pull out a win if Davis continued to lose the matchup down low.

The Lakers came into the night two games behind the Kings in the standings, making this an important one. Unfortunately, the Lakers’ struggles against the Kings continued with a 121-107 loss.

The Lakers‘ offense was abysmal. D’Angelo Russell had his worst game of the season, scoring just six points on 2-9 shooting. LeBron James also struggled with 18 points, 13 rebounds, and nine assists, and Anthony Davis was lackluster, with 22 points and ten boards.

The loss means the Kings have swept the Lakers in the regular-season series and are comfortably in seventh place in the Western Conference standings.

 

Lakers vs Kings First Quarter:

 

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Austin Reaves got the Lakers off to a good start with the game’s first five points. He then hit two more triples to give him 11 early points and the Lakers a 13-9 lead.

After a Kings timeout, they responded well with four straight points to tie it before a big dunk by Rui Hachimura. That got Hachimura going, as he had eight points in a span of a few minutes.

With De’Aaron Fox and Domantas Sabonis starting to get going from there, as they usually go against the Lakers, the game was tied at 29 at the end of the first.

Can’t skip details,Darvin Ham said. “We had some guys who didn’t shoot the ball well, got great looks they usually make. But just in the sense of team basketball, just continuing to have a next-play mentality.”

 

Lakers vs Kings 2nd Quarter:

 

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After a scoreless first quarter, LeBron James got going early in the second with six straight points for L.A. The Kings hit a couple of triples from there, though, allowing them to take a slim lead.

Hachimura and Reaves stayed hot, with Reaves scoring 19 first-half points and Hachimura right behind him with 17.

As hot as Reaves was in the first half, Keegan Murray was just as hot for the Kings as they took a 60-56 lead into the halftime locker room.

Especially in this league, being a team that can come out of halftime and be a great third-quarter team is huge for anybody,” Fox said. “Because you can be up or down, and you can extend the lead or bring the lead back coming out of the half.

 

Lakers vs Kings 3rd Quarter:

 

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The Lakers came out sloppy to begin the third quarter as the Kings scored five straight thanks to some turnovers. Davis finally ended L.A.’s drought by getting to the free-throw line.

The turnovers would continue, though, with James being the main culprit, struggling to get anything going with Sacramento’s lead reaching double digits for the first time.

After a Lakers timeout, Davis finally made a field goal to end a more than seven-minute drought without one. The Lakers couldn’t get out of their funk, though, as Sabonis and Fox continued to dominate the star matchup with Davis and James.

As James put up bad shots and committed costly turnovers, the Kings built their lead up to 88-73 at the end of the third quarter.

 

Lakers vs Kings 4th Quarter:

 

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If the Lakers were gonna make any sort of run, it would have to come early in the fourth quarter. With James and Davis on the bench, though, the Lakers couldn’t get much going.

LeBron eventually returned, though, and went into attack mode, trying to cut down on Sacramento’s 18-point lead. He scored five straight points, including two huge dunks, to force a quick Kings timeout.

Reaves drilled another triple out of the timeout, and suddenly, the game was back to single digits. That was as close as it would get, though, as the Kings responded with back-to-back triples.

The final score in Sacramento was the Kings 120 and the Lakers 107.

 

The Los Angeles Lakers will be back at home to take on the Warriors on Saturday, March 16th, at 5:30 pm PST. Thank you for visiting FranchiseSportsMedia.com for your Las Vegas Sports news.

 

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