With those two players out of the lineup, perhaps the Lakers should have expected a more decisive win. At this point though, the team will take whatever it can get.
Dwight Howard led the way for LA with a 23-point, 18-rebound effort. He was still inconsistent at times, but he was able to influence the game on both ends of the floor. He was given support by Kobe Bryant (20 points, six rebounds, six assists), making sure that his effort didn't go unrewarded.
The Lakers needed a team effort like this. Not only did Howard and Bryant pull their weight, but Pau Gasol and Metta World Peace each netted 18 points.
Jason Thompson (15 points) and Jimmer Fredette (18 points) tried to keep Sacramento in it, but it wasn't happening.
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Player of the Game: Dwight Howard
When Howard plays like this, he's the biggest mismatch in the league. No one has a center who can match his combination of athleticism, strength and skill on both ends of the floor.
He missed six free throws on the night, but this was one of Howard's better games. As long as he's making field goals and playing defense, he's doing his job.
What's Next for the Sacramento Kings?
The 2-5 Kings will host the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday.
What's Next for the Los Angeles Lakers?
The 3-4 Lakers will welcome the San Antonio Spurs to town on Tuesday.