The Los Angeles Lakers provided fans a great third quarter but little else in a 116-104 loss to the Sacramento Kings. The Kings were sans DeMarcus Cousins but mostly ran the scoreboard on the purple and gold in their Las Vegas preseason debut. Anthony Tolliver scored 21 points — draining all seven of his three-point attempts — while Sacramento shot 58 percent as a team.
D’Angelo Russell had a comeback performance after struggling against the Portland Trail Blazers. He dished out 11 assists while going five-of-six from deep on his way to 31 points. Julius Randle pulled down 10 rebounds to go with five assists, mostly to the tune of Nick Young three-pointers. Jordan Clarkson tacked on 18 points.
Tarik Black, Anthony Brown, Marcelo Huertas and Ivica Zubac are notable DNPs from this one. Yi Jianlian was the beneficiary in the frontcourt, while Jose Calderon soaked extra minutes in the guard rotation.
There were some good takeaways in spurts, but overall is was a poor showing. The defense looked extra-horrendous tonight, but Arron Afflalo hit a few tough shots, as did Tolliver. Letting a Sacramento team run wild like Hulkamania isn’t a good sign with the Golden State Warriors up next in the desert. Prepare for Saturday’s game, which will surely bring a crowd to what was a quiet T-Mobile Arena.