SACRAMENTO—November 3, 2010: The Los Angeles Lakers decrowned the Sacramento Kings by beating them 112-100 at the ARCO Arena to improve to a perfect 5-0. Kobe Bryant registered his 17th career triple double with 30 points, 10 rebounds, and 12 assists.
Heading into the game with a 3-1 record, the Kings were off to their best start since the 2003-04 campaign. Their young core is anchored by last season’s Rookie of the Year, Tyreke Evans, who is averaging 20.7 points and 6 assists.
Evans would leave the game in the first quarter after tweaking his ankle, but would return in the second quarter after having his ankle rewrapped. Evans finished the game with 21 points.
Meanwhile, the Lakers were off to a blistering start heading into the contest, scoring a league-leading 114.5 points per game after last night’s 124-105 drubbing of the Memphis Grizzlies.
It appeared as if the Lakers picked up where they left off in the early going, taking a 13-4 lead off three-point shots by Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher. However, the Kings would close the gap and take a 29-28 lead, but the Lakers ended the quarter with a mini 7-4 run to be up 35-33.
Despite Evans being out of the lineup early in the second quarter, the Kings’ second unit would make a 10-3 run to take a 43-38 lead with 7:41 left in the half. An emphatic dunk courtesy of Lamar Odom topped off a 13-3 run, giving the Lakers a 5-point lead with three minutes left.
Kobe Bryant finished the first half with 21 points and 8 assists to help increase the Lakers lead to nine, 62-53. He also hit a franchise milestone, surpassing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s record for most minutes played in Lakers history.
Bryant continued his stellar play in the third quarter, being an offensive facilitator and scorer to help spark a 20-9 run to give the Lakers their biggest lead, 82-62 with 5:15 left. Two blocks and a jump hook by Samuel Dalembert finished off a late Kings rally to cut the Lakers lead to 11.
A driving layup from Tyreke Evans off a crossover dribble brought the Kings to within seven, 99-92 in the fourth quarter. However, six clutch points within a span of 20 seconds from Derek Fisher pushed the Lakers lead back to 13 with 3:14 left, and anything the Kings would do afterwards would be too little too late.
As usual, the duo of Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom spearheaded the frontcourt production—Gasol with 22 points, 11 rebounds and Odom with 18 points, 8 rebounds.
Carl Landry, who was acquired by the Kings in February through a three-team trade, had 17 points and 5 rebounds. The fifth overall pick of the 2010 NBA Draft, DeMarcus Cousins, chipped in with 11 points and 6 rebounds for the Kings.
The Lakers will head back to the STAPLES Center on Friday night to face the Toronto Raptors at 7:30 p.m. PT.
NOTES: Lamar Odom appeared to re-aggravate his sprained left thumb in the third quarter, but stayed in the game.