SACRAMENTO — Kobe Bryant gave his fans what they wanted, a sublime 28-point effort in his final appearance here.
Then the young Lakers gave their followers something too, overcoming a 27-point deficit only to lose narrowly to the Sacramento Kings, 118-115, Thursday at Sleep Train Arena.
It was almost the perfect Lakers script, age handing off in-game to youth, until it ended with some dreaded injury suspense.
Rookie D'Angelo Russell scored a career-high 27 points but sprained his right ankle while driving, and scoring, on Kings center DeMarcus Cousins late in the fourth quarter.
Russell stayed down for about a minute after falling several feet behind the...