The Los Angeles Lakers end their preseason on a sour note with a 93-92 loss to the Sacramento Kings, finishing exhibition play with a 3-5 record. Los Angeles was shorthanded and dealing with foul trouble through the game, then lost control of the lead in the fourth quarter. The Kings, down one, had the final possession. Ray McCallum swooped in to grab an offensive rebound and barely managed to beat the buzzer as he tipped-in the miss.
The Lakers' fourth-quarter collapse included missing three out of their four free-throws in the final minutes, similar to their loss to the Phoenix Suns.
Jeremy Lin led the Lakers with a team-high 19 points and seven assists, taking advantage of extended minutes after Ronnie Price went down with a knee injury in the first quarter. Price banged knees with Darren Collison and went to the bench at the next dead ball. He was in noticeable distress on the sideline, and the Lakers have since diagnosed him with a "sore right knee" for now.
Wayne Ellington also left early after he banged heads with Ben McLemore.
Ed Davis stat-stuffed while playing the starting lineup, finishing with 15 points and 13 rebounds. DeMarcus Cousins led all scorers with 21 points, having his way with the Lakers' smaller frontcourt. He also posterized Robert Sacre something vicious after blowing by Davis:
Julius Randle played 29 minutes off the bench, scoring 12 points and grabbing nine rebounds in his final preseason game. He showed off his ability to take opposing big men off the dribble from the perimeter, repeatedly attacking the Kings from t15' and out. Randle's handles were looking good:
The Lakers, however, are looking battered. The preseason is finally over, and the Lakers can now set their eyes on the Houston Rockets for their regular season opener on Oct. 28.