Sacramento 98, L.A. Lakers 103

Date - Saturday, March 30, 2013 10:00 PM
Location - Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, California
Officials - #54 Nick Buchert, #9 Derrick Stafford, #33 Zach Zarba
Attendance - 17317

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
L.A. Lakers 25 28 29 21 103
Sacramento 37 20 18 23 98

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
L.A. Lakers 38-36 23-12 15-24 W1
Sacramento 27-47 19-17 8-30 L1

Recap

Lakers 103, Kings 98: Dwight Howard had 24 points, 15 rebounds and five blocked shots as visiting Los Angeles outlasted Sacramento to remain tied with the Utah Jazz for the final playoff position in the Western Conference.

Kobe Bryant had 19 points and 14 assists and passed Wilt Chamberlain (31,419) for fourth place on the NBA’s career scoring list. Bryant has 31,434 career points in his 17 NBA seasons.

Tyreke Evans scored 21 points, DeMarcus Cousins had 19 points and 11 rebounds and Marcus Thornton added 18 points for the Kings, who scored only 61 points in the final three quarters after tallying 37 in the first.

Los Angeles had a six-point lead after Pau Gasol’s basket with 2:56 remaining but the Kings pulled within two on Evans’ basket with 1:17 left. Cousins missed a tying 3-point attempt with 14 seconds left and Bryant hit two free throws with 12.4 seconds remaining as the Lakers held on.

Sacramento led 57-53 at halftime and increased the lead to seven on Jason Thompson’s basket with 5:39 left in the third quarter. Los Angeles finished the quarter with a 17-3 run to take an 82-75 lead into the final stanza.

GAME NOTEBOOK: The three players ahead of Bryant on the all-time scoring list are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387), Karl Malone (36,928) and Michael Jordan (32,292). … The double-double was Cousins’ 33rd of the campaign. … Lakers PG Steve Nash played less than two minutes before exiting the game with a hamstring injury.

Top Game Performances

L.A. Lakers   Sacramento
Dwight Howard 24 Scoring Tyreke Evans 21
Kobe Bryant 14 Assists Tyreke Evans 6
Dwight Howard 15 Rebounds DeMarcus Cousins 11
Kobe Bryant 9 Free Throws Made Marcus Thornton 4
Kobe Bryant 2 Steals John Salmons 1
Dwight Howard 5 Blocks Patrick Patterson 1

Team Stats Summary

Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
L.A. Lakers 103 46.3 10-30 17-26 28 42 7 9 7
Sacramento 98 45.3 7-24 13-16 19 44 2 1 12

Upcoming Games

  • Sacramento will play their next game at home against Houston. The Kings have a W/L % of .321 after a win and .391 after a loss.
  • L.A. Lakers will play their next game at home against Dallas. The Lakers have a W/L % of .514 after a win and .514 after a loss.