The Los Angeles Lakers end the year’s campaign with their first win without LeBron James on Sunday, Sacramento Kings at Staples Center. Days after the Kings defeated the Lakers 117-116 at Golden 1 Center, the purple and gold came back to register a 121-114 win.
James, who turned 34 on the match day, didn’t lose anything as his teammates gave him the gift of first win in three years without him. He has been ruled out of the game due to a groin injury.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored a season high 26 points in 28 minutes, had 3 rebounds and an assist.
Josh Hart made 22 points and 7 rebounds, including 17 points which is his most in a half in his career. Brandon Ingram scored 21 points, while Kyle Kuzma had 18 points and 9 rebounds.
After the first quarter lead, the Kings made a comeback in the second but the Lakers turned around the game in the third game for a 28-28 and went on to pouch more points in the last quarter.
For the Kings, De’Aaron Fox was the highest scorer with 26 points, while Buddy Hield and Bogdan Bogdanovic notched 21 points each.
The Kings take on Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday, while the Lakers will play Oklahoma City Thunder on the following day.