NBA Game Summary - Sacramento at LA Lakers|
(Sunday, November 11th)
Final Score: LA Lakers 103, Sacramento 90
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Lakers already have more
wins under Bernie Bickerstaff than they did with Mike Brown at the helm this
With rumors swirling that Phil Jackson could return to the team with whom he
won five of his 11 NBA titles with, Dwight Howard tallied 23 points and 18
rebounds in the Lakers' 103-90 rout of the Sacramento Kings.
Brown was 1-4 when he was relieved of his duties Friday and Los Angeles is 2-0
under its interim coach Bickerstaff.
"There's a lot of things going on, but we're still capable of going out there
and winning basketball games," Los Angeles forward Pau Gasol said.
Kobe Bryant had 20 points, while Metta World Peace and Gasol chipped in 18
points apiece for the Lakers, who have won three of four since beginning the
year with three straight losses.
"The effort was there, we were trying to share the basketball with each other.
Kobe did a nice job of getting people involved," Bickerstaff said.
Jason Thompson had 15 points and 10 boards for Sacramento, which has dropped
two in a row.
"They showed some fight, overall we did a pretty good job," Kings head coach
Keith Smart said.
The Lakers took a 77-66 advantage into the fourth and the lead grew after the
home team netted the first 12 points of the final frame.
Howard had five points during the run, which was capped when he split a pair
from the foul line for an 89-66 Lakers advantage with 7:28 remaining.
Los Angeles led 29-22 after a quarter of play before Bryant and Howard
registered 11 and nine points, respectively, as the home team took a 57-48
margin into the break.
The Lakers outrebounded the Kings, 50-39 ... Los Angeles shot 44.4 percent
(36-of-81) from the floor, while Sacramento finished 40 percent (36-of-90)
from the field ... The NBA suspended the Kings' DeMarcus Cousins for two
games on Sunday. The Sacramento center was disciplined for confronting Spurs
announcer Sean Elliot in a hostile manner following Friday's loss.
11/12 00:53:37 ET