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NBA Game Summary - LA Lakers at Sacramento
(Wednesday, November 21st)
Final Score: Sacramento 113, LA Lakers 97
Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) - Marcus Thornton scored a team-high 23 points off the bench and the Sacramento Kings cooled off the Los Angeles Lakers with a 113-97 victory to snap a five-game skid.
Thornton, who led a 49-point effort from the Sacramento bench, scored 12 in the final period, helping the Kings out to their highest point total of the season.
Tyreke Evans shot 7-for-11 and finished with 18 points, while John Salmons and Jason Thompson added 13 apiece for Sacramento, which notched its third win of the season. Thompson also hauled in 10 boards.
"What they did tonight was move the ball, they used the pace of the game to help them," Kings head coach Keith Smart said.
Kobe Bryant scored a game-high 38 points, but didn't get much help from the rest of the Lakers starting lineup. Dwight Howard finished with just seven points and Pau Gasol scored eight, as Los Angeles lost for the first time under new head coach Mike D'Antoni.
"We have to play harder than we played tonight," said a frustrated Howard. "It's tough to play through fatigue, but you have to find ways to stay together and win games."
Metta World Peace tallied 13 points and Jodie Meeks scored 15 in the setback, which snapped Los Angeles' three-game winning streak.
Bryant scored 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting in the first half, but the Lakers found themselves trailing 42-41 going into the third quarter, as the Kings shot a strong 59.1 percent to outscore Los Angeles 27-20 in the second.
Midway through the third, the Kings went off on an 11-2 run, which was capped by an Aaron Brooks three to extend Sacramento's lead to 69-58, but the Lakers pulled within four by the end of the period.
Meeks, who had 12 in the fourth, scored the Lakers' first seven points of the quarter to cut their deficit to 77-76 early in the period, but the Kings used an 11-2 spurt to build their advantage up to 10.
Bryant finished a three-point play to cut the Kings' lead to 96-92 with 3:06 to go, but the Kings ran away with it from there, outscoring the Lakers 17-5 the rest of the way.
The Kings outscored the Lakers in the paint 50-22 ... Howard only had four field goal attempts for Los Angeles a night after scoring 23 against the Nets ... The Lakers will continue their three-game road trip in Memphis on Friday ... The Kings will travel to Utah on Friday to play the Jazz.
11/22 02:16:37 ET