SACRAMENTO—The Los Angeles Lakers rallied from a 19-point deficit, defeating the Sacramento Kings 101-91 in a thriller on Thursday, November 10.
Los Angeles relied on Lou Williams in the fourth quarter, as the former Sixth Man of the Year scored 21 points off of the bench, including 13 in the final period alone.
Lakers head coach Luke Walton was complimentary of Williams after the game, citing his veteran know-how as an asset on an inexperienced team.
“He is one of those players who keeps getting better as the game progresses,” Walton said. “He’s been doing this his whole career, making big shots.”
All-Star DeMarcus Cousins led the Kings with 28 points, 9 rebounds and four assists in Sacramento’s fourth loss of the season.
“I think our defense broke down towards the end,” Cousins said after the game. “We let them get a lot of shots that they can hit and that gave them confidence. We should have buried them in the second half, but we gave them confidence and some momentum for them to finish it out the way they did.”
Rudy Gay added 15 points and 8 rebounds for the Kings, who have fallen to tenth in the Western Conference.
Julius Randle scored 15 points while grabbing 8 rebounds and 5 assists in the Lakers’ first victory over Sacramento since 2014. Los Angeles had five players score in double figures, as D’Angelo Russell notched in 17 points and Nick Young added 16.
The Lakers are now 5-4 on the season and tied with the Utah Jazz and Portland Trail Blazers for the sixth seed in the Western Conference. Los Angeles will continue their three-game road trip with a matchup against All-Star Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday, November 12.