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March 17, 2013
In-game blog: Kings at Lakers

FINAL
Lakers 113, Kings 102

LOS ANGELES - The ball stopped moving and the Kings couldn't keep up with a the shorthanded Lakers, who used sharing to pull out a win.

The Kings had 16 assists at halftime but finished with just 21 for the game. That included a third quarter with one assist.

The Kings were in the game early in the fourth quarter, cutting a 12-point lead to two at 90-88. The Lakers responded with an 11-0 run to create enough separation.

Isaiah Thomas led the Kings (23-44) with 26 points. Patrick Patterson added 22 points. Marcus Thornton had 15 points off the bench for Sacramento, which fell to 2-7 without DeMarcus Cousins (quad injury) this season.

The Lakers (36-32) used just seven players with Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol out with injuries. The two reserves were hot. Antawn Jamison had 27 points and eight rebounds. Steve Blake had 16 points and eight assists.

Metta World Peace had 22 points. Steve Nash had 19 points and 12 assists while Dwight Howard finished with 12 points and 17 rebounds.

THIRD QUARTER
Lakers 86, Kings 76

LOS ANGELES - As is often the case when thins go bad for the Kings, the ball stopped moving in the third quarter.

Isaiah Thomas has 24 points after scoring 12 of Sacramento's points in the third, but the Kings managed just one assist in the quarter.

The Kings shot 8 of 23 in the third.

Patrick Patterson has 20 points. The only other King in double figures is Tyreke Evans with 11.

Steve Nash has 12 points and 12 assists for the Lakers. Dwight Howard has 12 points and 15 rebounds while Metta World Peace has 17 points.

The Lakers have received a boost from the bench. Antawn Jamison has 19 points and Steve Blake has 11 points and seven assists.

HALFTIME
Kings 56, Lakers 56

LOS ANGELES - The Kings trailed by 10 in the second quarter but managed to rally behind Patrick Patterson (14 points), Isaiah Thomas (12 points, five assists) and Tyreke Evans (11 points, five assists).

It also helps that the kings have only two turnovers because the Lakers are shooting 52.4 percent and have a 21-14 rebounding advantage. The Kings have maximized their rebounds though with 15 second-chance points.

The Kings are also hanging around thanks to their three-point shooting (7 of 15). The Lakers are 5 of 17 on threes.

The Kings have no answer for Dwight Howard (12 points, 11 rebounds). Antawn Jamison added 11 points. Steve Nash has seven points and six assists.

Both teams have 16 assists.

FIRST QUARTER
Lakers 33, Kings 27

LOS ANGELES - The Kings had no turnovers in the first quarter, but allowed the Lakers to shoot 59.1 percent as seven different Lakers scored.

Patrick Patterson and Isaiah Thomas each have nine points for the Kings. Thomas also has three assists. Tyreke Evans has seven points.

Antawn Jamison had eight points of the bench to lead the Lakers. Dwight Howard had four points and six rebounds.

The Kings are playing without DeMarcus Cousins (left quad contusion). James Johnson (personal reasons) is also not with the team.

The Lakers are without Kobe Bryant (sprained left ankle, flu). Pau Gasol is also out.

The Kings only had Jason Thompson for three minutes before he picked up two fouls.



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