NBA Game Summary - Sacramento at LA Lakers
(Friday, November 26th)
Final Score: Sacramento 109, LA Lakers 106
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Peja Stojakovic had 26 points, including the final four of the game, to lead the Sacramento Kings to their seventh straight victory, 109-106 over the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Kings trailed 105-102 with 1:19 left following a Jumaine Jones three- pointer. But Sacramento ended the game on a 7-1 run to post the victory.
Kobe Bryant had 40 points, seven rebounds, eight assists and two blocked shots for the Lakers, who have lost just two of their last six games.
"We just missed a couple of shots," Bryant said. "We got some great looks and they made two tough shots and we had some open looks that just didn't go down for us. Sometimes it is that simple."
"We double-teamed Kobe, we wanted someone else to beat us besides Kobe," said Sacramento head coach Rick Adelman. "This was a great game. Kobe had it going. We knew it was going to be tough. This was a great win for us."
A three-pointer by Bryant capped a 9-0 run that gave the Lakers a 98-95 lead with 4:41 remaining. The Kings missed nine straight shots during the Lakers' run.
Doug Christie tied it at 102 apiece with 1:36 left with a three-pointer. Jones followed with a three-ball of his own from the corner 15 seconds later to put the Lakers back in front, but Mike Bibby answered with another trey with 1:04 left to knot the game at 105.
Christie was then whistled for a flagrant foul, which gave the Lakers two foul shots and the ball. But they failed to take advantage -- Brian Cook made just one of two free throws, and Stojakovic intercepted a pass and was fouled. Stojakovic made both free throws to give the Kings a 107-106 advantage with 35 seconds left. The Lakers would not score again.
Cook missed a three-pointer 19 seconds left, and Lamar Odom was forced to foul Stojakovic. A career 89-percent foul shooter, Stojakovic nailed both to put Sacramento up 109-106 with 6.7 seconds left.
Bryant missed a three-pointer for the Lakers, but Christie got the rebound and stepped on the end line, giving the Lakers the ball back with 2.1 seconds left. But all the Lakers could muster on the inbounds pass was a 35-foot shot by Odom between the top of the key and the halfcourt line, and his bank attempt was off the mark.
Chris Webber added 22 points, 16 rebounds and seven assists for the Kings. Bibby had 14 points, Christie 13 and Bobby Jackson 11 to round out the Sacramento double-figure scorers.
Chris Mihm had 15 points and seven rebounds while Cook chipped in with 15 points and six boards.
There were 16 lead changes and 14 ties in this see-saw affair.
The victory was just the eighth in 43 attempts for the Kings in Los Angeles...Vlade Divac faced the Kings for the first time since signing with the Lakers after six seasons with Sacramento.
11/27 02:14:53 ET