The Los Angeles Lakers lost their fourth game of the preseason to the Sacramento Kings despite a balanced offensive attack and better defense. The Lakers didn't have to deal with DeMarcus Cousins, but let seven Kings hit double figures in the loss.
Jordan Clarkson led the Lakers with 17 points on 7-of-16 shooting. The second-year guard also had four rebounds and two steals in 27 minutes. Lou Williams added 16 points, but only shot 3-of-11 from the field and scored nine of his points from the charity stripe. Kobe Bryant also had a rough night shooting, then left the game early after suffering a left lower-leg contusion.
Julius Randle had a solid night with 10 points, six assists and four rebounds. He showed some excellent post moves early, but also committed four turnovers in an effort to create offense. Rookie D'Angelo Russell couldn't repeat his 11-assist performance from Sunday, but grabbed seven rebounds in addition to scoring 11 points.
The Lakers were better on the defensive end against the Kings. After allowing Toronto to shoot 47 percent from beyond the arc, Los Angeles held the Kings to 33 percent from three. However, the Lakers allowed Sacramento to top 30 points in a quarter twice. The Kings also had better ball movement on the offensive end with 26 assists to LA's 17. Marco Bellinelli led Sacramento with 17 points and Darren Collison added 16.
The Lakers get a few days off before taking on the Golden State Warriors on Saturday.