The Los Angeles Lakers had the chance to win three games in a row for the first time this season and hold onto the No. 8 seed for another night, but instead fell to the Sacramento Kings 113-102 in what was Lonzo Ball’s first NBA matchup with De’Aaron Fox.
While Ball would put up the more impressive stat line with 11 points, 11 assists, 7 rebounds and one poster jam over Willie Cauley-Stein, Fox and his 13 points, 3 assists and 4 rebounds would come in a win for the Kings, which at the end of the day is all that matters.
The Lakers (8-11) haven’t shot the ball well this season, and tonight was no exception as LA shot well below 40 percent from the field through the first three quarters. L.A.’s starting frontcourt duo of Brook Lopez and Kyle Kuzma struggled especially, shooting 9-of-23 from the field. Before tonight, Kuzma had only scored less than 20 points in two of the last five games.
Meanwhile, the Kings’ (5-13) frontcourt feasted on the Lakers’ bigs, combining for 48 points on 20-for-30 shooting from the floor. Cauley-Stein led all scorers with 26 points.
The Lakers will have a four-day rest before closing out the month of November with games against the Clippers and the Warriors.