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November 21, 2012
In-game blog: Kings vs. Lakers

FINAL
Kings 113, Lakers 97

The Kings had their best offensive showing of the season season in beating the Los Angeles Lakers at Sleep Train Arena.

The Kings (3-8) posted season-highs in scoring, shooting percentage (54.3 percent) and three-point percentage (46.7 percent). The Kings capped the night with a season-high 40 points in the fourth quarter.

Marcus Thornton led a solid bench effort with 23 points. Tyreke Evans led the starters with 18 points and six assists.

Jason Thompson had 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Kobe Bryant led the Lakers (6-6) with 38 points. But besides Jodie Meeks (15 points) and Metta World Peace (13 points), Bryant didn't get much help.

Dwight Howard had seven points and nine rebounds. Pau Gasol had eight points and nine rebounds.

THIRD QUARTER
Kings 73, Lakers 69

The Kings led by as many as 11 points in the third quarter. Tyreke Evans had 10 points of his 14 points in the quarter and also has six assists and four rebounds for the game.

Aaron Brooks scored 11 points in the third after going scoreless in the first half and give the Kings a lead.

Kobe Bryant is keeping the Lakers in the game. He scored 16 of his game-high 31 points in the third. That's making up for a quiet games from Dwight Howard (four points, eight rebounds) and Pau Gasol (six points, seven rebounds).

HALFTIME
Kings 42, Lakers 41

Sparked by a 9-0 run to start the second quarter, the Kings have taken a halftime lead.

John Salmons leads the Kings with 13 points. Marcus Thornton has 11 points off the bench.

Kobe Bryant has 15 points to lead the Lakers.

The Lakers are just 6 of 15 on free throws. The Kings have attempted only two free throws.

FIRST QUARTER
Lakers 21, Kings 15

The Kings are shooting 6 of 19 and have seven turnovers. And if not for John Salmons, who scored the Kings' first nine points, they might be in a bigger hole.

Three starters (DeMarcus Cousins, Tyreke Evans, Aaron Brooks) already have three fouls and have combined to shoot 1 of 10.

Metta World Peace and Kobe Bryant each have five points to lead the Lakers.



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