In a close game, The Kings bested their Laker rivals in the first of three pre-season meetings. DeMarcus Cousins recorded his first preseason double double with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
Five Kings players scored in double digit figures tonight. Marcus Thronton lead the Kings with 19 points. Isaiah Thomas controlled most of his teams offense, and made a strong case to become the teams starting point guard recording 10 assists in tonight’s game. Tyreke Evans managed to leave his stamp on the game as he made the best of his bench role; scoring 14 points, several big shots late in a fourth quarter run that eventually helped lead to a Kings victory. Evans was not the only regular starter held out of the starting lineup this evening, rookie Thomas Robinson made the most of his 17 minutes this evening tallying 8 points and 5 rebounds. James johnson, starting in place of Tyreke Evans because of his defensive abilities; showed that while he may be still developing his offensive game, he has plenty of upside and may be able to produce further down the line. Both Jason Thompson and Jimmer Fredette had great games. Jimmer once again showed he can be a valuable shooter and Jason Thompson was only 2 rebounds away from a double double to match his teammate DeMarcus Cousins.
Lakers Forward Devin Ebanks was the suprise of the evening, scoring 20 points on only 7-10 field goal percentage, and was 4-5 from beyond the arc. Ebanks was 0-9 from 3 point range all of last season. Kobe Bryant had an efficient night going 7-12 from the field for 22 points. Gasol totaled 20 points while Metta World Peace added 10 points and a team high 8 rebounds. Steve Nash continued to find his rhythm with his new Lakers offense.
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