Final Score: LA Lakers 126, Sacramento 122
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Jordan Farmar drained eight of Los
Angeles' franchise-record 19 3-pointers and finished with a career-high
30 points, as the Lakers notched a 126-122 triumph over the Sacramento Kings
on Friday at Staples Center.
Farmar went 8-of-10 from distance, while the Lakers shot 70.4 percent as a
team from beyond the arc en route to a season-high point total.
"I wanted to be aggressive because we were losing," Farmar said. "We were
shooting the ball pretty well tonight."
MarShon Brooks supplied 23 points, while Jodie Meeks scored 22 on 8-of-8
shooting from the floor, including 3-of-3 from long range, for the Lakers, who
had lost three straight and seven of their last eight games.
"We shared the ball pretty well," Brooks stated. "Tonight they happened to
fall for us."
Pau Gasol also added 22 points and Wesley Johnson chipped in with 12 points
and 12 rebounds.
Rudy Gay registered a game-high 32 points, while Derrick Williams and Isaiah
Thomas each scored 26 for the Kings, who have dropped back-to-back games.
"This was two bad defensive teams," Sacramento head coach Mike Malone
admitted. "I was embarrassed about our defense tonight. That defensive effort
tonight was unacceptable."
A Thomas triple staked Sacramento to a 92-77 lead with 3:44 left in the third,
but Farmar and Brooks combined to outscore the Kings 18-7 over the remainder
of the frame to bring the Lakers within four heading into the fourth.
With Sacramento's lead at six early in the final stanza, the Lakers reeled off
nine straight points, capped by back-to-back treys from Brooks and Farmar, to
take a 108-105 lead with 8:35 left.
The Kings got as close as one after Jason Thompson split two free throws, but
Brooks answered with a three-point play at the other end before Johnson added
a driving layup to push the spread to 120-114 with four minutes to play.
Sacramento remained within striking distance, but failed to get closer than
four the rest of the way, as the Lakers held on for the victory.
Gay and Thomas terrorized the Lakers in the first half, with the Sacramento
duo combining for 29 points on 11-of-16 shooting to help the Kings carry a
65-54 advantage into the break.
Meeks and Johnson combined on a 9-2 run midway through the third to get LA
within three, but the Kings countered with a 15-3 surge to build a 15-point
cushion with under four minutes left in the third.
Los Angeles improved to 3-0 against Sacramento this season and the Pacific
foes will meet one more time, on Apr. 2 in California's capital ... The Lakers
were 1-9 in their previous 10 home games ... LA has won five straight and 16
of the last 20 matchups with the Kings ... Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins sat
out while serving a one-game suspension.
03/01 01:32:48 ET
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