The Sacramento Kings were just what the Lakers ordered. Coming into tonight’s contest, the Lakers were badly in need of three things: A win, rest and to find their rhythm.
This one was over before it started. In a game that felt more like a scrimmage, Sacramento put up little fight as the Lake Show cruised to a 113-80 victory.
First and foremost, the Lakers got back to basics by controlling the boards, owning the paint and most importantly playing good team D. It wasn’t until the final frame that the Kings actually posted 20 points in any quarter. Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol played the role of Andrew Bynum by challenging everything at the rim as both blocked three shots a piece.
That defensive intensity created 18 turnovers and was a big reason why the offense was clicking as the Lakers shot a ridiculous 58% from the floor.
Not trying to rub salt in those open wounds but the Kings are a very flawed team. They can’t score and play zero defense. Only two Kings cracked double figures compared to six for the Lakres. Meanwhile slouching top pick DeMarcus Cousins was outplayed by second rounder Derrick Caracter.
It’s going to be a long year in Cali’s capital.
The best part is that the staring five got some much needed rest. Gasol was already a game time decision due to a nagging hamstring but made matters worse by showing up late to Staples. Pau played and made the most of his 26 minutes by rediscovering his efficient ways (16 points on 6 of 8 shooting) while Kobe Bryant scored 22 on 18 shots in his three quarters of play.
The Lakers snapped one streak while extending another. That four games slide is now a thing of the past and they have now won 8 in a row over Sacramento.
Now, this team can enjoy some football over the weekend, heal and then get ready for John Wall and the Washington Wizards on Tuesday.