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Playing without LeBron James, Lakers still punish Kings

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Playing without LeBron James, Lakers still punish Kings

TAKE CHARGE. Lakers star Anthony Davis shoots the ball over Kings forward Chimezie Metu.

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The Lakers hack out a commanding win even with LeBron James scratched from the lineup late due to COVID-19 safety protocols

Anthony Davis scored 25 points, Malik Monk shot 6-of-10 from three-point range en route to 22 points off the bench, and a Los Angeles Lakers team playing without LeBron James rode a big third quarter to a 117-92  win over the host Sacramento Kings on Tuesday, November 30 (Wednesday, December 1, Manila time).

Trailing 72-68 midway through the third quarter, Davis and Russell Westbrook ignited the first of two 12-0 runs.

Davis scored 6 in the first burst, which lasted a little more than three minutes, while Westbrook added 3 points and assisted on a triple by Monk that capped the pivotal run.

Westbrook finished with 23 points, 6 assists, and 5 rebounds.

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Carmelo Anthony then scored 5 of his 14 points off the bench to spark Los Angeles’ second 12-0 run, which lasted into the early fourth quarter and pushed the Lakers’ lead to 18 points.

The reserves came up big for Los Angeles and helped extend the lead to as many as 27 points in the final period. Dwight Howard added 12 to the Lakers’ 58 total bench points, as well as a game-high 13 rebounds.

Bench contributions were timely with James scratched from the lineup late due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

Sacramento, meanwhile, got just 20 points from its reserves – though the bench accounted for four of the team’s six three-pointers. Davion Mitchell knocked down a pair en route to 8 points, and he was the only Kings player to make more than one on a 6-of-29 collective shooting night from long range.

With outside shots not falling, Richaun Holmes and Chimezie Metu carried much of Sacramento’s scoring load on the interior. Holmes shot 12-of-13 for a game-high 27 points, while Metu finished 7-of-10 for 14 points with 11 rebounds.

De’Aaron Fox was Sacramento’s only other scorer in double figures, with 17 points. – Rappler.com