LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Lakers beat the Sacramento Kings 115-94 on Friday night at the Golden 1 Center, with a great night from Kyle Kuzma, who chipped in 30 points. The victory represented the reigning champions’ third win without LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
“Our players showed great attention to detail today to execute our game plan against one of the best offensive teams in the league,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. “Sacramento in recent weeks has been the number one offense in the NBA. Our players showed great tenacity, a jewel of defensive performance ”.
It was a good night on offense for the Angelenos who were fine again from long distance hitting 17 3-pointers. Likewise, they were strong defensively after holding the Kings to 94 points, their lowest mark of the season.
“We must continue to have confidence in ourselves and play in the right way. I think this was our best game of the season since the absences we have. It was our best game doing things well and being consistent for 48 minutes. Defensively speaking, holding your opponent to less than 100 points is what you always want to do, ”said Kyle Kuzma, who had his highest-scoring game this season.
Four players from tonight’s starting five finished with double digits, Kyle Kuzma contributed 30 points, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds, Dennis Schroder 17 points and Markieff Morris 14. Talen Horton-Tucker contributed another 15 coming off the bench and Montrezl Harrell 10 rebounds.
“When Anthony Davis and LeBron got injured, he put some pressure, or I don’t know if pressure, but we knew we had to elevate our role on offense. We needed more shots on the floor and today I wanted to show that, to be more aggressive. It’s what the coaches asked of me, ”shared Caldwell-Pope.
The reigning NBA champions continue to experience difficult moments with the subject of injuries. His superstar duo of LeBron James and Anthony Davis remain out with injury; Andre Drummond, the new signing, hurt his right toe in his debut Wednesday for the Angelenos, while Wesley Matthews left the court this Friday in the first quarter with a sore neck. Despite all this, the purple and gold found a way to win against Kings.
The good news to boost team morale is that the city of Los Angeles will allow fans to re-enter Staples Center in limited capacity. It is expected that on April 15, when the Lakers meet the Boston Celtics, there will be fans present for the first time in more than a year.
For now this Sunday, still without fans, another edition of the Los Angeles rivalry between Lakers and Clippers will be experienced in a half-day game.