The Sacramento Kings are on a winning streak. With Wednesday’s win over the Los Angeles Lakers, the Kings won three in a row and six in the last 9 games to improve to 18-23.
DeMarcus Cousins posted 36 points and 16 rebounds to script the win. Rajon Rondo and Rudy Gay made decent contributions to rout the Los Angeles Lakers 112-93. Gay added 17 points to the tally while Rondo scored 11 and returned with 17 assists.
The Lakers dropped to 9-35. Kobe Bryant lost his rhythm in the second half and scored only 2 of his 15 points in that session. Brandon Bass notched up his season-high 18 points.
The Kings brought Los Angles Clippers to a halt 4 days ago after a 10-game winning streak. Sacramento didn’t trail in the game during their third win over Kobe Bryant and company this season.
The Lakers remained the second worst team of this NBA, only a few wins above Philadelphia. Their chances of retaining three protected picks in May draft has diminished to 55.69%. Brooklyn Nets, 11-32 are slightly higher than the Lakers.
There were chants of “We want Phil” from fans as the Lakers trailed by 16 points in the third quarter. But can even Phil Jackson bring back this squad to winning ways? What is to be done?
“You can’t be chumped,” Kobe Bryant said. “Nobody in this locker room is a chump to capitulate to that and accept that [as] fact. It’s not going to happen. So you just come out, you just try to improve and try to work every single game and get better at certain things.”