Lakers beat Kings on road to fifth straight win – Orange County Register

SACRAMENTO — The moment Domantas fouled Sabonis with 48 seconds left, the Kings found themselves in trouble.

LeBron James had just ridden through the 26-year-old big man and two-time All-Star for a finish at the rim, while also making it seem like the 6-foot-11 Sabonis was barely there but pulling also one and one.

Sacramento coach Mike Brown consulted with the officials on midcourt, but ultimately Sabonis checked out for the last time, finishing with 25 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists and 48 seconds left.

The Kings can’t win without their big star, but the Lakers definitely can.

That was the issue again for the Lakers (19-21), who are now one of the hottest teams in the NBA despite not having Anthony Davis. They survived another clash with the Sacramento Kings, a team they’d already beaten twice, 136-134, to continue a five-game winning streak that doesn’t seem to matter who’s on the lineup.

De’Aaron Fox gave them a scare, the last two of his 34 points coming on a turnaround jumper at the free-throw line to equalize with 6.8 seconds left. But Fox then got it wrong when Dennis Schröder drove in from the cross, a leg getting in the way of the German and putting him on the line with two free throws by 2.2s to win the game.

Brown questioned that call, but could hardly complain about acting on a night the Kings got 37 free throws. The Lakers took 33 themselves in a smart game.

https://www.ocregister.com/2023/01/07/lakers-edge-sacramento-kings-on-road-for-fifth-straight-win/ Lakers beat Kings on road to fifth straight win – Orange County Register

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