Third-quarter rise puts Kings ahead of Lakers

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January 12, 2022; Sacramento, California, United States; Sacramento Kings guard Tyrese Haliburton (0) shoots the ball at Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) during the second quarter at the Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports

Sacramento used a 24-3 flurry in the third quarter to take the lead and De’Aaron Fox capped a 29-point performance with a key jumper to block a late Los Angeles Lakers rally as the Kings claimed a victory at home from 125-116 Wednesday night.

The Kings ended a five-game losing streak and finished with a 2-2 record in the season series against the Lakers.

LeBron James produced a record 34 points for the Lakers, who lost their second straight game after winning four in a row.

The Lakers led most of the first half, including up to 14, and led 76-68 in the third minute of the third period before the Kings knocked down the tables.

Harrison Barnes buried a pair of 3s and Fox had a three-point game among seven in the 24-3 streak that turned the eight-point deficit to a 92-79 lead.

The margin was 10 with 3:40 left before James had two baskets in an 8-0 push that put the Lakers at 118-116 with 1:36 to go.

That’s when Fox hit back with his 12ft foot stopping the momentum. Chimezie Metu then scored a 3-pointer for the Kings after Russell Westbrook missed a long-distance attempt for the Lakers, giving Sacramento leeway at 123-116 with 46.7 seconds remaining.

Barnes finished with 23 points, Marvin Bagley III 16, Metu and Tyrese Haliburton 14 each and Buddy Hield 10 off the bench in a balanced Kings attack.

Fox had 11 of his 21 shots and Barnes nine of his 14 for the Kings, who topped the Lakers 55.1% to 42.9%.

Haliburton completed the game’s only double-double with a record 10 assists, while Bagley had nine rebounds, a record for the team.

James had seven rebounds and six assists, a team record, to complete his points record. However, he only shot 13 for 29 overall, 3 for 12 on 3-point attempts and 5 for 10 on the free throw line.

Malik Monk backed James with 22 points, the majority of which came from a 6 for 9 shot from deep. The Lakers outscored the Kings 48-33 on 3 points but needed 47 attempts to do so, while Sacramento only tried 30.

Austin Reeves was the only other Laker to score in double digits, scoring 19 points off the bench.

Westbrook was limited to eight points on a 2-for-14 shot, but found time for 12 rebounds and six assists.

–Field level media

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