The Los Angeles Lakers took care of business against a Sacramento Kings team missing two of its most important front-court players. Without DeMarcus Cousins and Thomas Robinson, both serving suspensions, the Kings couldn't match up with L.A. down low.
Los Angeles finished the game with a plus-11 margin on the boards. Besides that, the Lakers' superior size consistently had the Kings on their heels, which resulted in a plus-16 advantage in free-throw attempts.
The Lakers' two must vulnerable areas—the bench and their team defense—both looked much better in the second game since the firing of Mike Brown. L.A. held Sacramento to 40 percent shooting and the Laker bench scored a respectable 22 points.
Dwight Howard put up 23 points and 18 rebounds against the undersized Kings while Jimmer Fredette led the Kings in scoring, despite playing just 10 minutes. A hot streak in garbage time left him with 18 points on nine shots.
With two straight wins in the post-Brown era, the Lakers are looking stronger than they have all season. They improved their record to 3-4 and now await news on whether Phil Jackson will be their next head coach. They'll know that on Monday. But for now, they're satisfied with what turned out to be a pretty easy victory at home.
Final Score: Lakers 103, Kings 90
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