Kings vs. Lakers: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

Kings vs. Lakers: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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Kings vs. Lakers: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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The Sacramento Kings (16-23) play against the Los Angeles Lakers (19-19) at STAPLES Center

Game Time: 10:30 PM EST on Tuesday January 4, 2022

Sacramento Kings 114, Los Angeles Lakers 122 (Final)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Dave McMenamin @mcten
New story: It was a turnover turnaround for Russell Westbrook and the Lakers on Tuesday es.pn/3pXEMpy3:31 AM
Kent Bazemore @24Bazemore
I don’t tell my son that life is hard and that things get tough, I just want him to see what it takes.
Chop wood, carry water…
📸: @serpebazesam x @lakers @ Crypto.com Arena instagram.com/p/CYVzPUjLUb4/…2:50 AM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
“You never lose belief that he’s going to do what he did in the fourth quarter. That’s just who he is.”
From a slow start, LeBron James ended up with a strong finish. He and Malik Monk starred in the fourth quarter of the Lakers’ third win in a row:
ocregister.com/2022/01/04/leb…2:39 AM
Dave McMenamin @mcten
Nick Young, in a text to ESPN, on Malik Monk adopting his “strictly buckets” policy banning tattoos on his shooting arm: “I’m Mr. Miyagi and he’s LaRusso. The power of the no tat on the right arm is like wax on, wax off for buckets” – 2:29 AM
Sean Cunningham @SeanCunningham
Kings PG De’Aaron Fox and interim coach Alvin Gentry react to the officials review late in the game tonight, resulting in the jump ball after throws. pic.twitter.com/PBfB3qPxfP1:59 AM

Sean Highkin @highkin
Malik Monk running away with Prestige Zone Newcomer of the Year honors. – 1:58 AM
Dave Mason @DeuceMason
NIGHT CHAT IS LIVE!
We’re talking about the Kings loss to the Lakers and @Matt Barnes drops by:
youtube.com/watch?v=fhdvre…1:57 AM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
LeBron says Dwight Howard deserves the “game ball” tonight for his efforts. – 1:53 AM
Bill Oram @billoram
LeBron with a juicy little scoop on Malik Monk: “We wanted him last year,” he said. He says that when Monk fell into an inconsistent role with the Hornets he wondered what the Lakers could do to snatch him from Charlotte. – 1:50 AM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
LeBron said “We wanted him last year” regarding Malik Monk. Said he and Jason Kidd were monitoring Monk while he was in Charlotte last season. – 1:50 AM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
LeBron says of Malik Monk, “We wanted him last year.” He and Jason Kidd noticed last year when he was having up-and-down minutes in Charlotte, and the two would wonder aloud if there was a way they could “snatch” him for the Lakers. – 1:50 AM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
LeBron said THT was “phenomenal” tonight, and his finding a rhythm was very much a welcome sight, and key to LAL finding a win when they were struggling to hit shots for much of the night. THT went 9 of 13. – 1:49 AM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
LeBron says it was “amazing” to see THT get back to himself tonight.
THT finished with 19 pts, 6 asts, 4 rebs, 2 stls. – 1:48 AM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
LeBron on the Lakers’ 5 team turnovers: “Well, that’s the reason we won the game. … When we get shots at the goal, we can be very dangerous.” – 1:46 AM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Talen Horton-Tucker on his mindset while struggling: “My confidence never left at all. … Just continue to try to build on it.” – 1:44 AM
James Ham @James_HamNBA
“Next time I’ll grab the ball and say y’all f***ed up the clock.” -De’Aaron Fox – 1:44 AM
Kyle Draper @KyleDraperTV
Tough loss tonight for the #Kings vs #Lakers. Still a dream to be calling #NBA games. This kid from #philly is #blessed. 🙏🏾 #losangeles @ Crypto.com Arena instagram.com/p/CYVq5fHrTWB/…1:37 AM
Dan Favale @danfavale
lebron on his way to the locker room after a win to post on ig pic.twitter.com/0JSSGqpUZI1:36 AM

Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Malik Monk (24 points tonight, 20+ in 4 of last 6 games) said he’s been ready for this type of role, in which he’s been excelling as a starter. He acknowledged that the Lakers have had guys out to open opportunities, but he has the confidence to play like this nightly. – 1:35 AM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Frank Vogel says Dwight Howard “played a hell of a game” tonight. Finished with 14 pts and 14 rebs. – 1:31 AM
Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers
Until Friday, LA ✌️
@LeBron James x #NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/gw2cjk3Rvv1:28 AM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Harrison Barnes on the late jump ball pic.twitter.com/LQu2NpKws81:27 AM

Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Frank Vogel “Russ is really invested in this team.” Admits Westbrook is “not always perfect” but cares about the team and its success. – 1:25 AM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Frank Vogel on Westbrook: “Russ is really invested in this team, you know that? He’s not always perfect but he really cares.” – 1:24 AM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Worthy addendum to the turnover discussion: The Lakers were plus-13 in turnover margin and ended up taking 16 more shots than the Kings in the game. – 1:23 AM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Down 102-98, LAL scored on 9 straight trips starting at the 5:21 mark of the 4th, up until 2 missed FT’s with 24.8 left, when LAL led 119-114.
– Monk 3
– LeBron 3
– LeBron 3
– Monk floater
– Monk 3
– LeBron put-back layup
– Westbrook layup
– LeBron layup
– Westbrook 1 of 2 FT’s – 1:21 AM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Russell Westbrook on having zero turnovers tonight: “Just making easy reads.” – 1:19 AM
Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
Gotta give Westbrook props for a no turnover game tonight – 1:19 AM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Russell Westbrook on his 0 turnovers tonight: “Just making easy reads.” – 1:18 AM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Russell Westbrook on zero personal turnovers: “Just making easy reads.” – 1:18 AM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
After his press conference, Kings coach Alvin Gentry predicted he’s going to get fined for complaining about the late-game jump ball. When noted he stressed he wasn’t criticizing the officials and only the rulebook, Gentry said, “I made sure of it.” – 1:18 AM
Sean Cunningham @SeanCunningham
“We got punished for a dumb ass rule, but it had nothing to do with the officials,” Kings interim coach Alvin Gentry said about the jump ball late in the 4th. Said the rule should be changed:
“I think you gotta use common sense somewhere down the line.” – 1:15 AM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
LeBron scored 14 of his 31 points in the final 8 minutes of the game after starting 6 of 18 from the field. He finished 12 of 26. – 1:15 AM
Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers
Play as a team, win as a team. #LakersWin pic.twitter.com/LamnYKRn9B1:12 AM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Kings coach Alvin Gentry upset on the late-game jump ball. Doesn’t fault the officials, but the rulebook pic.twitter.com/tlae7EzkoL1:11 AM

Jason Anderson @JandersonSacBee
“Before you ask me about that play, it’s a horseshit rule in the NBA. The referees did exactly what they are supposed to do. … We got punished for a dumbass rule.” — interim Kings coach Alvin Gentry on jumpball call in loss to Lakers – 1:10 AM
Sean Cunningham @SeanCunningham
Kings interim coach Alvin Gentry says the referees called the play exactly the way they should regarding the jump ball, he called it “a horse shit rule” – 1:09 AM
J. Michael Falgoust @ThisIsJMichael
Westbrook just played 33 minutes without a turnover and there was snow in the Florida Panhandle the other day. Strange times – 1:08 AM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
I just want to say that I’m really happy for Malik Monk on a human level. He was the first NBA player who ever went out of his way to be nice to me when I first started covering games in person and going into locker rooms and I’ve never forgotten that. – 1:05 AM
The Ringer @ringernba
Kings fans seeing a bad call going against them while playing the Lakers pic.twitter.com/gcxtwSnL2o1:02 AM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
here it is: one of the biggest screwjobs of the year, and of course it’s the Kings in LA.
clock inadvertently starts after missed FT, because no-one technically has possession it’s a jump ball. which the Kings promptly lose.
Alvin Gentry with some tremendous sound bytes here. pic.twitter.com/CBifeNhmZr1:02 AM

Sacramento Kings @SacramentoKings
FINAL: Kings fall to the Lakers, 122-114.  
👑 @De’Aaron Fox: 30 PTS, 6 AST  
👑 @Buddy Hield: 26 PTS, 5 REB 
👑 @Harrison Barnes: 14 PTS, 6 REB pic.twitter.com/fxv203wtHO12:59 AM

Marc J. Spears @MarcJSpears
Lakers guard Russell Westbrook did not commit a turnover tonight. He snaps his streak of 407 straight games with at least 1 turnover, by far the longest streak by any player since individual turnovers were first tracked in 1977-78. @ESPNStatsInfo pic.twitter.com/UvaRXsozwK12:59 AM
Monte Poole @MontePooleNBCS
Wow. Just rewatched it. Kings get nooooooo respect. – 12:58 AM
James Ham @James_HamNBA
Different name on the building, different result. The Kings came in with a 2-0 record this season at Staples. Now Crypto com Arena, the Kings battled the Lakers all the way down the stretch before falling 122-114. Here are 6 quick thoughts from a tough loss on the road. – 12:57 AM
Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
Aw man the kings got absolutely boned…..there wouldn’t be fines big enough for me if I were Alvin gentry – 12:57 AM
Marc J. Spears @MarcJSpears
I get the letter of the law, but does everything have to be by the rule book? Still a long shot for Kings, but… – 12:57 AM
Jason Anderson @JandersonSacBee
De’Aaron Fox posts his fifth 30-point game of the season, but the Kings come up short in a 122-114 loss to the Lakers. Bizarre ending to this one. Really weird stuff. – 12:56 AM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
*Whispers so softly that only Lakers Twitter can hear me*
Malik Monk Most Improved Player? – 12:56 AM
StatMuse @statmuse
Russell Westbrook had 0 turnovers in 33 minutes tonight.
That’s the first time he’s played 30+ minutes without committing a turnover since 2013. pic.twitter.com/mBBIU0CSku12:55 AM

Kyle Goon @kylegoon
LeBron James and Malik Monk combined for 25 of the Lakers’ 37 points in the fourth quarter, their highest-scoring frame of the night. Lakers have won four of their last five and three in a row. – 12:55 AM
Allen Sliwa @AllenSliwa
Lebron takes over in 4th…Lakers over Kings, 122-114…Monk, Dwight & THT fantastic
-LBJ 31pts 5ast 5rebs
-Monk 24pts 4ast 4rebs
-THT 19pts 6ast 4rebs 2stls
-Dwight 14pts 14rebs 2stls
-Russ 19pts 7rebs
That’s 3 in a row…Next up, Hawks on Friday
@ESPNLosAngeles12:54 AM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Final: Lakers 122, Kings 114
The Lakers are back over .500 at 20-19. LeBron James (31 points) and Malik Monk (24) were awesome down the stretch, making big shots as the Lakers rallied from a mid-quarter deficit. Russell Westbrook had 0 turnovers.
Up next: vs. Atlanta on Friday. – 12:54 AM
Matt George @MattGeorgeSAC
Lame ending. Kings lose a fun game & I’m not really mad at it. Give us a SAC v LA play in game. – 12:54 AM
Dave McMenamin @mcten
The Lakers beat the Kings 122-114 to win for 4th time in last 5 games. LeBron 31p on 12-of-26 (3-of-10 on 3s) 5r 5a; Monk 24p on 6-of-11 from 3 4a; Russ 19p on 7-of-19 7r 2a 0tos +14 in 33 mins; THT 19p on 9-of-13 6a 4r 2s; Dwight 14p 14r 3a 2s. – 12:54 AM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
– Russell Westbrook: 0 turnovers tonight vs Kings:
– First game without a turnover since Game 5 of 2020 quarterfinals with Rockets vs Thunder
– First *regular season* game without a turnover since March 2016 with Thunder vs Trail Blazers (streak of 407 games with TO snapped) – 12:53 AM
Matt Williams @StatsWilliams
Russell Westbrook did not have a turnover for the first time since March 14, 2016.
That snapped a steak of 407 consecutive games with a turnover, the longest streak since individual turnovers were first tracked in 1977. – 12:53 AM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Notable stat: Zero turnovers for Russell Westbrook tonight. The Lakers have just five as a team. – 12:52 AM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
there are 2002 reasons why Kings fans shouldn’t be surprised by the officiating in LA. – 12:51 AM
Dave Mason @DeuceMason
Russell Westbrook with 0 turnovers tonight against the Kings.
The first time he’s had 0 turnovers in a game since March 14, 2016. – 12:51 AM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
The Kings let 7 seconds go off the clock before fouling late in the game now they’re mad because they couldn’t fudge an extra second after the missed free throw – 12:51 AM
Jake Madison @NOLAJake
Yeah, Gentry, Fox, and the Kings should be furious – 12:50 AM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Monk is 5 for 6 from 3 in the 2nd half after a 1 for 5 1st half.
He did miss a pair of FT’s just now, as LAL lead 119-114 with 24.8 seconds left. – 12:49 AM
Bob Garcia @bgarciaivsports
Lakers just need to make their free throws as this game is over. – 12:48 AM
The Ringer @ringernba
LEBRON JAMES 💪💪💪
(📼 @NBATV)
pic.twitter.com/BOmWqvoqeL12:47 AM

Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
LeBron after a monster bucket to seal the W: “Im a mother f**king problem, bitch!!” pic.twitter.com/1OTOo05ilk12:44 AM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
How ironic: Russell Westbrook clapping at the Kings for committing a costly turnover – 12:43 AM
Matt George @MattGeorgeSAC
LeBron James really flexing on a takeover against the 16-22 Kings at home. 🤣
He has been huge in this 4th quarter though. – 12:42 AM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
LeBron flexing WWE style after an And 1 has become a common theme this season – 12:42 AM
Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
LeBron played mid for three quarters and then turned in a masterclass in the fourth – 12:41 AM
Bill Oram @billoram
A couple of tough, tough finishes by LeBron down the stretch here. That last one had him pumped. Likely sealed the Lakers fourth win in their last five games. – 12:41 AM
Bob Garcia @bgarciaivsports
LeBron is just ageless. – 12:41 AM
Matt George @MattGeorgeSAC
De’Aaron Fox is one of a few players who can start a drive from beyond the arc with 2 seconds on the shot clock and its plenty of time. – 12:40 AM
Sean Highkin @highkin
Just learned that the Lakers almost traded for Buddy Hield this offseason but traded for someone else instead. Wild stuff – 12:40 AM
Bob Garcia @bgarciaivsports
Malik Monk. Wow. – 12:38 AM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Malik Monk has matched his season-high with six 3-pointers tonight. – 12:38 AM
Danny Leroux @DannyLeroux
Kings/Lakers is close and on NBATV, for those interested – 12:38 AM
Dave Mason @DeuceMason
Kings-Lakers in play-in about to be wild. – 12:37 AM
Bob Garcia @bgarciaivsports
Still don’t know how the Lakers got Malik Monk on the vet minimum. – 12:36 AM
Matt George @MattGeorgeSAC
Buddy Hield definitely took the Lakers choosing Westbrook personally. – 12:36 AM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Buddy Hield may as well be flicking the ball from deep off his middle finger – 12:36 AM
Bob Garcia @bgarciaivsports
Buddy Hield is answering back with some huge 3s – 12:36 AM
Matt George @MattGeorgeSAC
Buddy Hield vs LeBron James western shootout going on right now. – 12:35 AM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
LeBron and Buddy going shot for shot as we get to the finish. Fun stuff. – 12:35 AM
James Ham @James_HamNBA
Buddy Hield with another triple. Huge. – 12:35 AM
Jason Anderson @JandersonSacBee
Kings’ Alvin Gentry compares Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James to NFL great Tom Brady
sacbee.com/sports/nba/sac…12:35 AM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
The lineup now is Russ, LeBron, Monk, THT and Howard as we tick under five minutes. – 12:33 AM
Matt George @MattGeorgeSAC
When the Kings put together a consistent game through all 4 quarters, they are a completely different team.
Runs are going to happen, that’s basketball, but complete quarter collapses are more than avoidable. – 12:33 AM
Sacramento Kings @SacramentoKings
The Kings scored 100+ points!  

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Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
Not sure if Austin Reaves lacks confidence from deep or if he’d just rather put the ball on the deck but he passes up too many clean looks from 3. – 12:32 AM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
LeBron James, Malik Monk and Austin Reaves have been the most fun Lakers players to watch this season – 12:32 AM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Malik Monk is a BAAAD MAN!! – 12:32 AM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Malik Monk is so fun to watch when he is in a rhythm. – 12:31 AM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Malik Monk hours. – 12:30 AM
Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
The lakers are gonna be on the phone with every team in the league tomorrow talking about see I told y’all about THT – 12:29 AM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
SAC ripped off an 11-0 run early in the 4th Q to take a 96-89 lead, matching their largest of the evening.
Both LeBron and Westbrook are 6 for 18 from the field. – 12:25 AM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
It’s a 13-4 advantage for Sacramento in the fourth quarter. Going the wrong way, and the Lakers look flat. – 12:24 AM
Matt George @MattGeorgeSAC
Damian Jones & Davion Mitchell guarding LeBron James without fear! Love to see it. 11-0 Kings run. – 12:24 AM
Bob Garcia @bgarciaivsports
Lakers are in a major offensive funk – 12:23 AM
Dave Mason @DeuceMason
Davion Mitchell making PLAYS in this 4th. – 12:23 AM
James Ham @James_HamNBA
11-0 run. Kings up 96-89. – 12:23 AM
James Ham @James_HamNBA
Moe Harkless triple. Kings with the 9-0 run. – 12:22 AM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Davion Mitchell just got a charge moments after the officials didn’t give one to LeBron — he’s steamed. – 12:22 AM
Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
One day, LeBron will get the same respect around the league as Austin Reaves, and in turn draw an offensive foul against Damian Jones. AK – 12:19 AM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Coming off a 9 turnover game, Russell Westbrook has yet to turn it over tonight. He also has two assists, as he’s been more aggressive looking for his shot, going 6 of 17 from the field towards 13 points. – 12:17 AM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Third quarter: Lakers 85, Kings 83
LeBron has 17 points. THT has 15 points. The Lakers have hung around largely because of their productive bench minutes. LA has 12 offensive rebounds and 46 points in the paint. They’re just 6 of 24 (25%) on 3s. – 12:16 AM
Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers
Bench stepping up.
@Talen Horton-Tucker: 15 pts (7/10 FG)
@Dwight Howard: 14 pts, 11 reb pic.twitter.com/rhyAUF8JqT12:16 AM

James Ham @James_HamNBA
Kings trail 85-83 heading to the fourth. Fox leads with 24 points. Buddy Hield has 18 and Harrison Barnes is up to 14 points. – 12:15 AM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Russ blocking Buddy Hield from behind got the biggest response yet from this crowd.
Lakers 85, Kings 83. – 12:14 AM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Buddy Hield swiped the ball out of Russell Westbrook’s hands. Then Westbrook swatted him right at the rim. Fun seeing them go back and forth – 12:14 AM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
It’s wild to me that every playmaker in this current unit is trying as hard as they can to get the ball in Dwight Howard’s hands on offense but that’s what this game has been! – 12:11 AM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Fox was 1 for 13 from 3 in his last 5 games, but tonight is 2 for 3 from 3, and 5 for 7 on jumpers, towards his 10 of 16 FG’s overall.
He leads the Kings with 24 points. – 12:09 AM
James Ham @James_HamNBA
Marvin Bagley is back on the Kings’ bench. – 12:09 AM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Had to come at some point with how hot LeBron was, but he’s 6 for 16 tonight with 17 points and 3 assists. Wondering if he’s got some jets for the fourth quarter, but it hasn’t been the LeBron we’ve seen in recent weeks. – 12:06 AM
James Ham @James_HamNBA
Bagley walked to the locker room. – 12:05 AM
James Ham @James_HamNBA
Season-high 12th rebound for Bagley. – 12:05 AM
Sacramento Kings @SacramentoKings
🦊 is on FIRE.  
@De’Aaron Fox leads all scorers with 24 PTS (10-15 FG) in just 22 minutes 🔥 pic.twitter.com/senOpbdNHi12:02 AM

James Ham @James_HamNBA
10th board for Bagley. – 12:01 AM
Bill Oram @billoram
Granted, the last couple games haven’t exactly been the spiciest matchups, but for the second straight game Crypto.com Arena (shudder) is not sold out for a Lakers game. That’s pretty rare. 18,343 vs. Minnesota and 17,919 tonight. A sellout is 18,997. – 12:01 AM
Matt George @MattGeorgeSAC
Camera has caught De’Aaron Fox communicating a lot with his teammates tonight. Showing the leadership (without screaming and yelling) you want out of your top guy.
He’s also balling tonight. – 11:59 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
Even Spectrum SportsNet’s on-screen graphics are calling LeBron a center now. Not sure if they have multiple graphics to use for different lineups but I thought this was interesting. pic.twitter.com/SRgYGWoMwP11:57 PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
LeBron James took the Dukiest-type charge that ended with a loud thud on the floor. Didn’t get rewarded for the effort. – 11:52 PM
Sacramento Kings @SacramentoKings
“All’s fair in love and basketball.” 

👟 | @ankr pic.twitter.com/lMEabgbw2911:49 PM

Sacramento Kings @SacramentoKings
HALFTIME: Kings lead the Lakers 59-57.  
👑 @De’Aaron Fox: 19 PTS, 3 AST  
👑 @Buddy Hield: 15 PTS, 2 REB  
👑 @Damian Jones: 8 PTS, 3 REB pic.twitter.com/lGZQiHGpnq11:39 PM

Jason Anderson @JandersonSacBee
A basket by De’Aaron Fox gives the Kings at 59-57 lead over the Lakers at the half. Fox has a game-high 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting. Buddy Hield came off the bench to score 15 points, knocking down 4 of 7 from 3-point range. LeBron James has 13 points for the Lakers. – 11:38 PM
Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
Westbrook is 4-13 from the field in the first half, but he’s also got zero turnovers. The Lakers can absorb struggles with one or the other. “Both” is when things generally go sideways. AK – 11:37 PM
Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers
One-possession game at the half. pic.twitter.com/OmS4Qcr2c911:36 PM

Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Halftime: Kings 59, Lakers 57
THT leads LA with 13 points off the bench. Dwight Howard has 12 points and 8 rebounds. LeBron has 11 points. The Kings are winning the 3PT and FT battles. The Lakers are dominating in the paint offensively. LA has taken care of the ball (one TO). – 11:36 PM
James Ham @James_HamNBA
Kings lead Lakers 59-57 heading to the half . De’Aaron Fox has 19 points. 15 off the bench from Hield on 4-of-7 from 3. – 11:35 PM
Nick DePaula @NickDePaula
Tyrese Haliburton is rocking “Love & Basketball” custom KDs tonight. pic.twitter.com/BNklg7TQHO11:31 PM

Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers
Arm is for buckets … and also dimes 💰 pic.twitter.com/kaGvBvzssJ11:31 PM

James Ham @James_HamNBA
Harrison Barnes took a shot to the head. Elbow on top of the head from LeBron. – 11:29 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Excellent shift from Dwight Howard, who joins THT in making a big impact off the bench.
Dwight has 12 points and 8 boards, and THT 13 points, 3 boards and 2 assists. They’re a combined 11 for 16 from the field as LAL lead 51-46. – 11:27 PM
Allen Sliwa @AllenSliwa
Nice production from Dwight and THT off the bench…
-Dwight 12pts 8rebs
-THT 13pts 3rebs – 11:25 PM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Dwight Howard doing a good job with turning this game around and reducing LeBron James’ workload at the 5. – 11:25 PM
Bob Garcia @bgarciaivsports
Dwight slammed that one home. – 11:24 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Dwight is the relief pitcher you keep on staff for one team in your division – 11:23 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Dwight nearly Superman-dunked on that lob by Monk. – 11:18 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Monk with the behind-the-back dime to LeBron(!!!). – 11:17 PM
James Ham @James_HamNBA
Buddy Hield is feeling comfortable regardless of what you call the Lakers arena. – 11:16 PM
Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
I feel like Damian Jones could make a decent living just charging people to watch him jump. It’s a pretty fun audience experience. AK – 11:15 PM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Damian Jones was so close toward making Crypto’s website crash – 11:12 PM
James Ham @James_HamNBA
Damian Jones tried to kill a man. – 11:12 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
THT’s best stint in a while keys a 9-0 Lakers run to start the 2nd Q, producing a 35-31 lead after they’d trailed by 5 entering the period.
Horton-Tucker has 11 bench points on 5 of 6 FG’s, plus 3 boards, and a key steal digging down on screen/roll action. – 11:10 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
The Lakers have opened the second quarter on a 9-0 run to take a 35-31 lead. THT is feeling it w/ 11 points. – 11:09 PM
James Ham @James_HamNBA
9-0 run from the Lakers to start the 2Q. – 11:09 PM
Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
These have been the best, most under control minutes Talen Horton-Tucker has played in quite some time. AK – 11:08 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
First quarter: Kings 31, Lakers 26
Malik Monk has 7 points. Frank Vogel said pregame he’d consider whether to go bigger based on the context of the game. He clearly felt the need to by going to Dwight Howard early w/ SAC attacking LAL on the glass. LAL is shooting just 35.7%. – 11:06 PM
Sacramento Kings @SacramentoKings
a step back from Off-Night that we can watch all-night. pic.twitter.com/MuqsHRdZrf11:06 PM

James Ham @James_HamNBA
Kings lead the Lakers 31-26 after 1Q. Fox leads leads with 8 points. 7 for Hield off the bench. – 11:04 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Feels like Talen Horton-Tucker is on a bit of a mission tonight. Starts 3 for 4 including a nice finish through Len and Haliburton.
Kings lead the Lakers 31-26 after the first quarter. – 11:04 PM
James Ham @James_HamNBA
Tech on Westbrook. – 11:02 PM
Bill Oram @billoram
A game after sticking with the small lineup, Frank Vogel goes to Dwight Howard in the first quarter after the Kings repeatedly scored at the rim. – 11:02 PM
Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
Davion Mitchell absolutely locked up Westbrook on that possession, forcing the timeout. Really impressive stuff. AK – 10:59 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
LAL trail 27-20 with 2:03 left in the 1st Q, struggling to hit shots (8 for 23) while Sacramento has converted 12 for 21 attempts. Kings have 4 TO’s to LAL’s 1 thus far. – 10:59 PM
Dave Mason @DeuceMason
Watching Westbrook is paaaainful this season – 10:57 PM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Buddy Hield drained a 3 right over Russell Westbrook. I’m sure there’s some symbolism there…. – 10:57 PM
James Ham @James_HamNBA
All seven Kings to step on the court so far have made a bucket. Fox leads with 6 points. – 10:55 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Dwight Howard coming in off the bench. – 10:54 PM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
LeBron grabbed his right knee after his missed layup. But he’s walking it off and seems fine. – 10:54 PM
Matt George @MattGeorgeSAC
I’ll always admire Buddy Hield’s confidence, even if it get him in trouble sometimes. – 10:53 PM
James Ham @James_HamNBA
Fox blows by Bradley for the lay-in. Kings up 15-13 midway through the 1Q. – 10:49 PM
Matt George @MattGeorgeSAC
Marvin Bagley has become great at creating mismatches and taking advantage of them. He hasn’t been rushing & has picked his spots, but moves quick enough to avoid double teams. – 10:47 PM
James Ham @James_HamNBA
Big rebound from Bagley. Big finish through contact for the And-1. Misses the FT. – 10:46 PM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
The most impressive part of LeBron’s game that hasn’t aged: the LeBron chase-down block – 10:45 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Check “LeBron gets UP for a block” off your bingo card – 10:45 PM
James Ham @James_HamNBA
Good start for the Kings. Harrison Barnes drills the triple. 9-2. – 10:44 PM
James Ham @James_HamNBA
Fox drills the 19-footer to open the scoring. 2-0 Kings. – 10:41 PM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Cool to see every pre-game Melo wrap his hands around the ball like he’s holding onto his favorite Christmas present – 10:40 PM
Bill Simmons @BillSimmons
New BS Pod! An NBA deep dive on the Curry/LeBron Legacy Battle, Ja’s big leap, the stealth sleeper Grizzlies, the biding their time Suns, Jabari/Chet/Paolo roulette and much more w/ @Seerat Sohi @Rob Mahoney @J. Kyle Mann
open.spotify.com/episode/3MToTG…10:31 PM
Nick DePaula @NickDePaula
Tristan Thompson breaks out a new GT Jump. pic.twitter.com/0S1NEXBk3h10:27 PM

Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Alvin Gentry pregame on facing the Lakers with LeBron James starting at center: “If he’s at 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 6, 7, 8 – it doesn’t matter. Obviously he’s playing at such a high level right now. The fact that he’s doing what he’s doing at the age that he is, it’s phenomenal, really.” – 10:27 PM
Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers
First start of the season for TA.
#SuitingUpTogether | @ToyotaSoCal pic.twitter.com/lVOFIHf3Cc10:15 PM

Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers
Trevor gets the start.
#LakeShow x @DWS_Group pic.twitter.com/JuyeZMKrX910:03 PM

Sacramento Kings @SacramentoKings
Tonight’s Starting Lineup powered by @Verizon ⬇️
👑 @De’Aaron Fox
👑 @Tyrese Haliburton
👑 @Harrison Barnes
👑 @Marvin Bagley
👑 @Damian Jones pic.twitter.com/Caes7kWIWh10:02 PM

Dave McMenamin @mcten
Trevor Ariza gets the start while Stanley Johnson is away from the team. LAL going with its 21st starting lineup in Game No. 39 pic.twitter.com/OIhq9PcUGA10:02 PM

Jason Anderson @JandersonSacBee
Starting lineups: Kings @ Lakers pic.twitter.com/clUX9F2cbU10:01 PM

Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Trevor Ariza starts in Stanley Johnson’s place tonight, the 21st starting lineup of the season. pic.twitter.com/Lqooq0jF0h10:00 PM

James Ham @James_HamNBA
Starters for @Sacramento Kings at Los Angeles Lakers – 1/4:
G – De’Aaron Fox
G – Tyrese Haliburton
F – Harrison Barnes
F – Marvin Bagley III
C – Damian Jones – 10:00 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Trevor Ariza will start. – 10:00 PM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Lakers coach Frank Vogel on Russell Westbrook downplaying his 9 turnovers in win over T-Wolves pic.twitter.com/MMt6gR9jOr9:54 PM

Sacramento Kings @SacramentoKings
Looking fresh for the first road game of the year 💧 
@MichelobULTRA | #ULTRADrip #JOYWINS pic.twitter.com/isX8y49Be99:51 PM

James Ham @James_HamNBA
Two more days until the Off the Record with The Kings Beat virtual Happy Hour part Deux. @Sean Cunningham and @Sam Amick are joining the festivities. Become a premium subscriber to get an invite! kings-beat.beehiiv.com/p/off-record-k…9:40 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
The Grizzlies have won 6 in a row.
4 of their opponents were the Suns, Nets, Cavs and Lakers.
Yes, Ja Morant played all games. pic.twitter.com/gwkGc3b06J9:22 PM

Jason Anderson @JandersonSacBee
Interim Kings coach Alvin Gentry says he is considering a change to his starting lineup vs. the Lakers tonight, saying it might depend on who the Lakers decide to start. – 9:16 PM
Jason Anderson @JandersonSacBee
Interim Kings coach Alvin Gentry says Terence Davis (ankle) is still out for tonight’s game vs. the Lakers. Gentry says Maurice Harkless will get more minutes tonight with Chimezie Metu out due to health and safety protocols. – 9:13 PM
James Ham @James_HamNBA
According to Gentry, there is a good chance the starting lineup changes tonight. Terence Davis is still out. Moe Harkless is likely to get some minutes. – 9:13 PM
Jason Anderson @JandersonSacBee
Interim Kings coach Alvin Gentry says the team is also calling up Neemias Queta from the G League for tonight’s game vs. the Lakers. – 9:11 PM
James Ham @James_HamNBA
With Chimezie Metu in health and safety protocols, the Kings have recalled Neemias Queta. – 9:11 PM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Kings coach Alvin Gentry on LeBron James’ positional versatility: “It doesn’t matter if he’s at 5,4,3,2,1, 6, 7 or 8.” – 9:07 PM
Dave McMenamin @mcten
Frank Vogel says there is still a major role planned for Kendrick Nunn: “Kendrick’s going to get a ton of minutes when he gets back healthy” – 8:57 PM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Frank Vogel: “Kendrick [Nunn] is going to get a ton of minutes when he gets back healthy.” – 8:56 PM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Frank Vogel on Austin Reaves: “I definitely didn’t envision him being a rotational player early on. …. He’s playing really solid basketball on both ends.” – 8:55 PM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Frank Vogel says the team is “still undecided” on Talen Horton-Tucker’s role due to his struggles this season. – 8:51 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Vogel said it’s a bit of a surprise that L.A.’s 5th-most used line up (Westbrook, Bradley, Monk, Johnson, LeBron) has played only 36 min. together (13.5 net rating), but not really. Injuries/absences been story of season. Huge diff. compared to GSW PHX and UTA’s top lineups: pic.twitter.com/BOfYU1LeOG8:50 PM

Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers
Good as Gold
#LakeShow x @bibigoUSA pic.twitter.com/sCk3wBWRQy8:50 PM

Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Frank Vogel on Russell Westbrook: “Russell is a winning player. He’s really helping us.” – 8:48 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Damian Jones warming up ahead of tonight’s matchup with the Lakers pic.twitter.com/68AnU7fvIt8:35 PM

Bob Garcia @bgarciaivsports
Gary Payton believes he knows what is preventing Russell Westbrook from finding his footing with the #Lakers
#LakeShow #NBA
sportscasting.com/hall-of-famer-…8:10 PM
Austin Kent @AustinKent
Pat Beverley congratulating LeBron James for finally joining him in Deck The Hoops. pic.twitter.com/TqRyEa2n6E8:08 PM

Chris Kirschner @ChrisKirschner
For tomorrow’s game at Sacramento:
Cam Reddish (right ankle sprain) is questionable
Trae Young (low back soreness) is questionable
Bogdan Bogdanovic, John Collins, Gorgui Dieng and Jalen Johnson are still in protocols and are out.
Solomon Hill and De’Andre Hunter remain out. – 8:03 PM
Sacramento Kings @SacramentoKings
It’s just something 👑special👑 about the Kings in So-Cal.    
   
Prep for tonight’s game by reliving the 3OT thriller vs. the Lakers in LA earlier this season ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/aKcg6Ev0Bx8:00 PM

James Ham @James_HamNBA
Chimezie Metu has joined Richaun Holmes in health and safety protocols. – 7:58 PM
Jason Anderson @JandersonSacBee
The Sacramento Kings have recalled Jahmi’us Ramsey from their NBA G League affiliate, the Stockton Kings. – 7:57 PM
Sean Cunningham @SeanCunningham
Kings have recalled Jahmi’us Ramsey from G League Stockton in the wake of losing Chimezie Metu to health and safety protocols. – 7:56 PM
James Ham @James_HamNBA
Sacramento has recalled Jahmi’us Ramsey from the team’s NBA G League affiliate, the Stockton Kings. – 7:56 PM
Lang Whitaker @langwhitaker
This feels like the Grizz/Lakers game from last week — Grizz hanging around down 4-6 but just can’t quite get over that hump yet – 7:43 PM
Sean Cunningham @SeanCunningham
Sacramento Kings have added Chimezie Metu to the NBA’s COVID-19 health & safety protocols. He’s out for tonight’s game vs Lakers.
Terence Davis (ankle) remains questionable. – 7:34 PM
Jason Anderson @JandersonSacBee
Kings forward Chimezie Metu has been ruled out for tonight’s game against the Lakers due to NBA health and safety protocols. – 7:31 PM
Sacramento Kings @SacramentoKings
❌ Blocks for Bucks ❌
For every Kings block, @phoonglaw will donate $100 to Gigi’s Playhouse. Kings have helped donate $18,200. 🤝
Blocks for Bucks presented by @phoonglaw pic.twitter.com/knxn1L9dm37:00 PM

Sacramento Kings @SacramentoKings
We’re giving one lucky Kings fan 10 suite tickets, a sleepover inside Golden 1 Center and exclusive on-court and behind-the-scenes access all courtesy of @MattressFirm!  
Enter for your chance to win the ultimate Kings experience: https://t.co/w2qHvxcLqR pic.twitter.com/RCwp440eeX6:00 PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
My West All-Star starters: Steph Curry, Chris Paul, LeBron James, Draymond Green & Nikola Jokic https://t.co/0icNylOwWX pic.twitter.com/WGRf4jm9Ed5:46 PM

Kent Bazemore @24Bazemore
GAME DAY!!! ⚡️⚡️⚡️ – 5:07 PM
Sacramento Kings @SacramentoKings
some footwork & field goals that made the bench drop their jaw this season 😱 
🎥 Bench Reactions | Presented by @SierraNevada pic.twitter.com/fTO2nLs5LI5:00 PM

Bob Garcia @bgarciaivsports
Trade chatter is picking up, making way for scenarios, one of which includes a Russell Westbrook-John Wall swap.
#Lakers #Lakeshow #NBA
sportscasting.com/latest-russell…4:56 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
The Rajon Rondo trade saved money and opened up on extra roster spot for the Lakers.
New for @The Athletic on Stanley Johnson, Avery Bradley and the Lakers’ flexibility as they shift their identity midseason: theathletic.com/3049845/2022/0…4:52 PM
Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers
Before this season, what year did Trevor Ariza last play for the Lakers?
#LakeShow x @socios4:32 PM

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