The Los Angeles Lakers were in the same funk they were caught in Sunday against the New York Knicks, this time losing 106-98 to the Sacramento Kings. They came out flatter that the state of Florida, scoring just 15 points on 25 percent shooting while the Kings ran up the score early. Sacramento went wire-to-wire on the purple and gold, galloping ahead early and never looking back.
Byron Scott tried to lean on a reserve unit that started to give the team life in the third quarter, but the group began floundering by the middle of the fourth. D'Angelo Russell and the youth had a chance to push after being subbed in around the halfway mark in the fourth, even cutting the lead down to single digits, but found themselves in too big of a hole to make up for.
The Lakers were down by as many as 23 points despite DeMarcus Cousins looking mostly checked out through the night. He ended the night with 22 points, doing most of his damage from the free-throw line (13-of-15). Darren Collison was the King busy beheading the Lakers, matching Cousins with 22 points on 10-of-14 shooting.
Julius Randle notched his 29th double-double of the season with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Jordan Clarkson added in 12 points on 5-of-16 shooting, and Russell was four-of-nine from the field for 14 points. Lou Williams lead the team with 17 points. Kobe Bryant did not play and did not make what's become a guest appearance on the bench.
The Lakers looked both disinterested and exhausted while giving up 60 points in the paint through 48 minutes of basketball. The Phoenix Suns come to Los Angeles next, making for one of the biggest games of the year with draft lottery odds in play between the two struggling Western Conference teams.