The Lakers were a mess defensively for three quarters.
The fourth was a completely different story as the Lakers held the Sacramento Kings to 10 points in until
The Kings, who shot 43% from the field, finished with 17 turnovers, most in the fourth. Cousins and McLemore led both teams with 20 points apiece.
After a dominant first half with 14 points and seven assists, Sacramento point guard
The Lakers had seven in double figures, led by 19 points each from
Hill contributed seven points and nine rebounds, giving the Lakers a boost early in the fourth.
The Lakers shot 47.7% from the field to improve to 4-5 on the road and 10-9 overall.
With their sixth straight loss, Sacramento's record dips to 4-13. They'll visit the
The Lakers return home to host the
The Kings seem to be able to score at will in the paint against the Lakers, pulling ahead by as many as 10.
Despite their defensive woes, the Lakers are staying close in Sacramento after three quarters, trailing by one six points.
The Kings held a 39-26 advantage on the boards. and they have made eight three-pointers, nearly keeping pace with the Lakers, who have nine.
The Lakers struggled to contain Sacramento point guard
The Kings, who are shooting 44.2% from the field, also got 13 points from
The Lakers turned the ball over nine times, three by
Despite the Kings' late push behind Thomas to open an eight-point lead, the Lakers were able to end the half within three points.
Once Sacre went to the bench, the Kings went on a run, eventually overtaking the Lakers.
The Lakers are shooting 52.4% from the field but struggled with a point guard-less lineup once
The Lakers (9-9) visit the Sacramento Kings (4-12) on Friday night.
While he may be close to a return,
The Kings have struggled this season, but they always seem to play the Lakers well.
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