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Lakers fall to Kings in last tuneup for NBA playoffs

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Lakers fall to Kings in last tuneup for NBA playoffs

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA - AUGUST 13: DaQuan Jeffries #19 of the Sacramento Kings defends against LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the second quarter at The Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 13, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFP

‘I think our guys are ready to get into that playoff environment,’ says coach Frank Vogel as the Lakers take it easy before the playoffs

The Sacramento Kings drained 21 three-pointers Thursday, August 13 (Friday, August 14, Philippine time) in a 136-122 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers, who took it easy in their last game before the NBA playoffs begin next week.

Buddy Hield scored 28 points and Bogdan Bogdanovic added 27 as the Kings notched just their third victory in the NBA season restart quarantine bubble at Orlando, Florida.

The Kings will now be heading home, while LeBron James and the Lakers, already assured of the top seed in the Western Conference playoffs, wait to see who they will face when the first round begins.

James, who was listed as “questionable” for the game with a sore right groin, scored 17 points in less than 15 minutes of action – all in the first half.

Dion Waiters led the Lakers with 19 points and Markieff Morris added 14.

“I think our guys are ready to get into that playoff environment,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. 

“LeBron was able to get in, get a little bit of rhythm so he doesn’t have such a long layoff between games… So there were plenty of positives, but we certainly need to play better than today.”

While the Lakers needed just 3 games after the restart to clinch top spot in the conference, the battle for the 8th seed has remained intense – and won’t be determined until a play-in game at the weekend.

The 4 teams chasing the two play-in game berths – Portland, Memphis, Phoenix and San Antonio – were all in action later Thursday. –