Los Angeles Lakers vs. Sacramento Kings: Analysis, Highlights and Reactions

Michael WhitlowFeatured ColumnistJanuary 7, 2016

D'Angelo Russell scored a career-high 27 points before twisting his ankle late in the 118-115 loss for the Lakers.
D'Angelo Russell scored a career-high 27 points before twisting his ankle late in the 118-115 loss for the Lakers.Rocky Widner/Getty Images

In the back half of the NBA on TNT’s Thursday night doubleheader, leading All-Star Game vote-getter Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers clashed with DeMarcus Cousins and the Sacramento Kings at Sleep Train Arena.

For the Lakers, it’s another meeting with their in-state rivals, yet for Kings fans, it will be the final time they get a chance to either clap or boo Bryant in person (those playoff series from the early 2000s won't help Bryant’s case in regard to being cheered on Thursday).

After utter chaos and a blown 27-point lead, the Kings hung on for a 118-115 victory over the Lakers.

No, it wasn't Kobe that got the Lakers back into the game. It was the kids, led by No. 2 overall pick D'Angelo Russell.

Did you miss out on all of the fun from Thursday night in Sacramento? Follow along with the thread here for the updates, analysis and highlights of the madness between the Lakers and Kings.