The Sacramento Kings (27-48) defeated the Los Angeles Lakers (25-50) 107-102 on Wednesday night behind a game-high 31 points from Rudy Gay.
The defeat ensured a 50-loss season for the Lakers, the fourth in franchise history and first since 1974-75.
On a night when the Lakers shot a meager 39 percent from the field and were without Pau Gasol, Jordan Farmar, Chris Kaman, Steve Nash and Xavier Henry, Mike D'Antoni's gang hung tough thanks to 21 points from Jodie Meeks and a double-double (18 points and 15 rebounds) from Jordan Hill.
However, the Lakers' defensive effort was sub-par once again, as the Kings bombed away to the tune of 49 percent shooting from the field and 33 percent shooting from three.
Kings point guard Ray McCallum scored a career-high 27 points on 12-of-22 shooting in another start in place of Isaiah Thomas while DeMarcus Cousins added 20 points and 10 rebounds in 21 minutes.
Travis Outlaw chipped in 11 points off the bench for Mike Malone's club, as well.
Nick Young contributed 17 points on 6-of-17 shooting (4-of-8 from three) to lead all Lakers bench scorers on a night when L.A. shot 43 percent from three, but consistency largely eluded the Lakers on the offensive end throughout.
Next up for the Lakers is a matchup with the Dallas Mavericks on Friday while the Kings are set to square off against the Golden State Warriors to kick off the weekend.
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