Lakers fall to Sacramento, 120-114

Lakers fall to Sacramento, 120-114

The Lakers finally faced a sub-0.500 team on Friday and still lost to the Kings 120-114. Amid more players missing games, a seething protest outside the stadium and a four-game losing streak, Los Angeles found a way to crumble in the fourth.

Battling an illness that made him a game-time decision, Anthony Davis showed up at Crypto.com Arena clearly under the weather with his bright red nose. You didn’t see much of an effect on his game though; he started with a wonderful assist for Lonnie Sky Walker IV, dove into the stands to steal a pass and blocked Harrison Barnes. The Lakers still had their typical first-quarter shooting drops, but against a weaker opponent, they were able to overcome them and get out of the first, even at 23.

It’s no secret that the third quarter has been a challenge for the Lakeshow this season and Friday night was much the same. The quarter was a back-and-forth affair, with both teams trading leads with neither team taking control. Midway through the fourth, with De’Aaron Fox on the bench, the Lakers were able to take a four-point lead but were unable to extend it. They survived the final minutes and led by one point entering the fourth.

In the final quarter, with Anthony Davis taking a final rest, the Lakers found a combination of Russell Westbrook and Wenyen Gabriel connecting on a few baskets. Wenyen finished the night with eight points 4/4 from the field. Russ mostly ran the point, but Reaves was driving the ball up a lot and creating shots for himself. Once Anthony Davis returned, it was a one possession game and stayed that way until De’Aaron Fox opened the game for the Kings with four minutes left. He finished the night with 32 and put the Lakers out of their misery with a turnover floater over Austin Reaves with 0:32 seconds left.

Look on the bright side

The team is 2-10. I understand that positivity may seem hateful at this point, but I have a few things Laker Nation should be happy about.

  • Anthony Davis has been an iron man this season. He struggled with a lower back injury, illness and played two back-to-backs. He showed up and played hard. Without LeBron, he put the Lakers on their backs and finished the night with 24 points, 2 bounces, and 1 assist, being the leader this team desperately needs.
  • The Lakers are known for finding gems in the draft. 27 pick Kyle Kuzma, undrafted Austin Reaves and now Max Christie. The second-round draft pick is playing an increased role lately and looking good. On Friday, Max had 7 points and 4 rebounds. If he continues to play well and earn a rotation spot on this team, it will be another win for the Lakers scouting department.

The Lakers would like a literal victory Sunday against the Brooklyn Nets. They will face the Eastern Conference opponent in Los Angeles at 6:30 p.m., looking to earn their second straight win.

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