Jason Thompson
Kings turn back short-handed Lakers, 107-102
Kings turn back short-handed Lakers, 107-102

The short-handed Lakers fought to the end, but ultimately fell to the Sacramento Kings, 107-102, for their 50th loss of the season. A Wesley Johnson tip-in with a minute left cut the Lakers' double-digit deficit to three points, 105-102. The Lakers got a vital stop, but Kent Bazemore missed an driving layup that stalled the Lakers’ comeback. Now with a record of 25-50, the Laker's loss was an important one in the NBA draft lottery standings, as the seventh-worst Kings improved to 27-48, two wins ahead of the Lakers, who have seven left to play. The Sacramento victory should lock the Lakers into no lower than the sixth position in the lottery. Rudy Gay led all...