NBA Game Summary - Sacramento at LA Lakers
(Friday, April 15th)
Final Score: Sacramento 115, LA Lakers 106
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Mike Bibby finished with 26 points and seven assists and Cuttino Mobley added 23 points and 10 assists as the Sacramento Kings defeated the Los Angeles Lakers, 115-106, at Staples Center.
Maurice Evans chipped in 16 points off the bench and Kenny Thomas tallied 15 for the Kings, who won their fourth straight and have now won eight of 11. Sacramento remains a game ahead of Houston and Denver for the fifth spot in the Western Conference.
"I think we are alright," Bibby said of the Kings play as of late. "We have won eight of our last 11 games. If we play together offensively and defensively we will be alright."
Peja Stojakovic left the game in the first quarter with a strained left groin.
Caron Butler poured in a season-high 34 points for the lowly Lakers, who dropped their third straight and have now lost 16 of their last 18 contests. LA guard Kobe Bryant missed the game due to personal reasons.
Jumaine Jones chipped in 17 points and Chris Mihm had 15 in the losing effort.
Leading 34-29 after the first quarter, Sacramento took control of the contest in the second frame. Bibby netted six straight points for the Kings in a 40 second span, staking them to a 53-43 lead with 4:10 to play in the half.
Sacramento's lead quickly ballooned to 16 moments later when Mobley drilled a trey and Thomas hit a bucket to make it a 61-45 contest.
The Kings eventually led 67-42 at intermission.
A quick 8-0 spurt by the Lakers in the third frame brought them to within 71-60 in the early moments. Jones ignited the flurry with a trey, while Butler chipped in five points in the surge.
LA would get as close as 10 in the stanza, but Sacramento still led 94-82 heading into the final 12 minutes.
The Lakers used a 9-2 run to open the fourth, keyed by four points from Butler and a three-pointer by Devean George. As a result, they trailed 96-91 with just over nine minutes left.
LA continued to hang around by seven for much of the stanza and eventually cut it to a five-point contest once again after a pair of Butler free throws made it 104-99 with less than four minutes to go.
Mobley, though, erased any thought of a Lakers comeback when he buried a 20- foot jumper to put the Kings up 111-102 with 55.5 ticks left on the clock.
"We played good offensive basketball in the first half," Kings head coach Rick Adelman said. "We got a little stagnant in the third quarter, but we did enough to pull it out.
"We know what we have to do as a group," Adelman added in regards to the post season. "Hopefully Peja will be ok and we will get Bobby (Jackson) back. We can definitely compete with anyone."
Luke Walton finished with 10 points, 12 rebounds, and nine assists for the Lakers. He set a career-high in assists and rebounds...Stojakovic played only eight minutes before leaving in the first quarter. The Kings won the season series against LA for the second straight season and improved to 11-3 in Friday games this season...The Lakers shot just 5-of-21 (24 percent) from beyond the arc.
04/16 01:47:38 ET