NBA Game Summary - Sacramento at Los Angeles Lakers
(Tuesday, April 13th)
Final Score: LA Lakers 106, Sacramento 100
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Pau Gasol netted 28 points on 12-of-15 shooting and the Los Angeles Lakers held off Sacramento, 106-100, at Staples Center.
With Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum sitting out the final games of the regular season for the Lakers and looking ahead to a first-round playoff matchup against Oklahoma City, LA looked to and got offensive production from Shannon Brown. He tallied 24 points and Sasha Vujacic added 13 in the win.
"We got the ball moving tonight, everybody got touches," Brown said. "I am taking shots, what's given to me. I'm just trying to get a nice rhythm for the playoffs."
The Lakers, the top seed in the Western Conference, are challenging Orlando for the No. 2 overall best record in the NBA. Los Angeles is a game behind the Magic with each team playing on the final night of the regular season on Wednesday. Orlando hosts Philadelphia, while the Lakers play the Clippers.
Beno Udrih had 21 points and 11 assists for the Kings (25-57), who concluded the season not making the playoffs for a fourth straight year.
Sacramento guard Tyreke Evans, a candidate for Rookie of the Year, was ejected with 8:04 left in the third quarter after arguing with officials. He ended with 10 points.
Jason Thompson scored 19 to go with 16 rebounds and five assists for the Kings, who lost 11 of their final 12 games.
"We did a lot of good things tonight," Kings coach Paul Westphal said. "J.T. gave us a lot on the boards. I am proud of our team. They only won 25 games, but they maximized their effort. I am sorry the season is over."
Vujacic's jumper in the waning moments of the third quarter gave Los Angeles an 86-73 cushion. The Lakers pushed the margin to 14 early in the final period, but the Kings rallied and eventually closed the gap to 101-97 on a three-pointer from Carl Landry with 1:46 remaining.
Gasol then converted a three-point play, but Udrih sank a shot from long distance for a 104-100 contest with 1:16 to go.
The door was left ajar when Gasol turned the ball over, but Thompson threw up an air ball on a three-point try at the other end. Brown's jumper with 28.2 seconds left sealed the outcome.
"They made it competitive at the end, but we had to dig in a little to retain the lead," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "We had help from our bench tonight."
It was tied at 28 after one quarter, but the Lakers pushed ahead by a 60-54 count at the half. They were ahead the rest of the way. A 10-1 push opened a 77-67 lead.
Lakers guard Jordan Farmar strained his left hamstring in the second quarter and didn't return. He's not expected to play Wednesday...The Lakers have won six straight and nine of the last 10 meetings. It's the first time the Lakers swept the season series from the Kings since the 1997-98 season...The Lakers finished 34-7 at home, tied with Denver for the best mark in the Western Conference.
04/14 01:34:55 ET