The Lakers defended their home court on Sunday night despite playing without Kobe Bryant, defeating the Sacramento Kings, 113-102.
In one of his best games of the season, reserve forward Antawn Jamison scored a game-high 27 points and had nine rebounds for the Lakers, who used a seven-man rotation.
Metta World Peace added 22 points for the Lakers, who shot 56.9% from the field. Both Dwight Howard and Steve Nash notched a double-double; Howard finishing with 12 points and 17 rebounds and Nash contributing 19 points and 12 assists.
The Kings, playing without center DeMarcus Cousins, went on a 10-0 run in the fourth quarter to close the deficit to two points, 90-88. The Lakers immediately responded with 12 unanswered points to re-establish a lead they wouldn't relinquish.
The backcourt pairing of Steve Blake (16 points and eight assists) with Nash was particularly strong for the Lakers, who improve to 36-32 on the season, the first time they've been four games over .500.
The Kings fall to 23-44.
The Lakers re-established their lead over the Kings, scoring 30 points in the third quarter on 55.9% shooting for the game.
Five Lakers are in double figures, led by Antawn Jamison with 19.
Despite the Kings' hot duo, the Lakers has held Sacramento to 43.7% shooting from the field.
The Lakers struggled to get stops against the Kings, giving up a 10-point lead to finish the first half with the score tied.
Sacramento shot seven of 15 (46.7%) from three-point range, 47.9% from the field and committed only two turnovers in the half.
The Lakers shot 52.4% from the field but only 29.4% (five of 17) from long range.
Lakers center Dwight Howard leads the Lakers with 12 points and 11 rebounds.