DeMarcus Cousins said after the Sacramento Kings lost to the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday that he was “tired of” the Kings falling behind by 20 points and having to rally.
So Sunday night was progress—the Kings never trailed by more than 19, but lost to the Los Angeles Lakers 100-86 to complete an 0-2 weekend in the Southland.
The Kings struggled offensively, hitting 41.7 percent from the floor (41.7 percent) and 33.3 percent from 3-point range (8-for-24). Not even Isaiah Thomas, Sacramento’s sixth-man extraordinaire, could help on Sunday night. Thomas had just nine points on 4-of-11 shooting in 30 minutes, the first time all season he’s been held to single digits.
The Lakers (7-7) led 29-24 after the first quarter and 55-48 at the half, moving into a double-digit lead after three quarters at 73-61.
Jimmer Fredette canned a 3-pointer to open the fourth quarter to get Sacramento (4-9) back to within nine at 73-64, but the game was never as close as that again as the Lakers led by as many as 19 points in the fourth.
Greivis Vasquez led the Kings with 20 points and seven assists, while DeMarcus Cousins had 17 points, eight rebounds and seven dimes. Ben McLemore added 15 points but was only 5-of-14 from the floor.
For the Lakers, Xavier Henry came off the bench to score 21 points and Pau Gasol added 20 points and 10 rebounds. Jodie Meeks scored 14 points and Jordan Hill had a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds. Steve Blake handed out 12 assists and Shawne Williams blocked three shots.
The Kings are idle until after Thanksgiving. They host the Clippers on Friday night at Sleep Train Arena for a 7 p.m. tipoff.