Sacramento, CA – The first two meetings between these two teams ended in double overtime and Kobe Bryant closing with one of his usual buzzer beaters. Tonight was simply a “teacher vs student” game with the Los Angeles Lakers dismantling the Sacramento Kings 106-99.
“They have more experience playing with each other and they’re the world champs,” said coach Paul Westphal. “I’m pleased with our efforts tonight, not so much with the number of fans rooting for the Lakers.”
If it weren’t for the Maloof’s Palms Casino commercials during the game one would think they’re in LA! The cast of the upcoming Housewives of Beverly Hills were filming, reality star Khloe Kardashian was present, Danny Glover sat court side and fifty percent of the sellout crowd was cheering for the Lakers.
“It’s a different building than it was years ago,” said Bryant. “It’s a good thing for us but sucks for ya’ll.”
Despite another great game from Tyreke Evans who was again shy of a triple-double with 25 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists. The Kings could not keep pace with the champs. They shot 42.9 percent overall and lost the rebounding battle 50-43. The Lakers got a big game from their big men tonight. Both Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol finished with 12 rebounds.
“They have too much experience for us to handle,” Francisco Garcia said. “They had multiple weapons and we couldn’t find any open shots.”
Los Angeles lead the entire game, giving the Kings some hope in the third quarter when they cut the lead to 10 points. The Lakers ended the third 77-68 and started the fourth quarter on a 7-0 run to open a 16 point lead. There was no looking back at this point, the NBA Champions sealed their victory and Bryant led all scores with 30 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists.
“We want home court advantage,” said coach Phil Jackson. “We haven’t been great on the road this year.” “These are the important things when winning championships.”
The Kings will have some time off to re-group before facing the Milwaukee Bucks this Friday at Arco Arena.
Written by: Malaika Bobino