The Lakers improved to .500 with a 100-86 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night at Staples Center.
Winning their third game in a row, the Lakers kept pace with last year's team with a 7-7 start, despite playing without Kobe Bryant (Achilles' tendon) and Dwight Howard (signed with the Houston Rockets).
Sacramento shot 41.7% from the field and had 14 turnovers. The Lakers made 46% of their shots and had only 10 turnovers.
The Lakers play their next three games on the road in a four-night stretch, beginning Tuesday in Washington against the Wizards.
The Kings are off until Friday, when they'll host the Clippers.
The Lakers scored 10 unanswered points to end the third quarter, extending a two-point lead to 12.
The Lakers are shooting 44.8% from the field but only 25% from three-point range.
Steve Blake's layup with less than a second left in the second quarter gave the Lakers a seven-point halftime lead.
The Lakers had extended the lead to 13 points but the Kings fought to get the deficit down to single digits.
Blake is nearing a triple-double with seven points, seven assists and five rebounds in 16 minutes in the first half.
Pau Gasol has 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting to lead the Lakers, who are shooting 46.7% from the field.
The Lakers closed out the first quarter against the Kings with a five-point lead, their biggest of the game.
The Lakers shot 50.0% from the field. The Kings shot 45.5% from the field.
Sacramento guard Greivis Vasquez hit his six consecutive shots before missing and leads all scorers with 13 points.
The Lakers (6-7) host the Sacramento Kings (4-8) on Sunday evening at Staples Center.
A win would give the Lakers their first perfect week of the season (2-0) and a .500 record.
The Kings are coming off a difficult loss on Saturday to the Clippers.
For a more in-depth breakdown, check out Preview: Lakers vs. Kings.