NBA: Kings equalize in victory over Lakers

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LeBron James #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers throws the ball into the net of Kevin Huerter #9 of the Sacramento Kings during the second half at the Golden 1 Center on December 21, 2022 in Sacramento, California. Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images/AFP

Kevin Huerter, Keegan Murray, De’Aaron Fox and Harrison Barnes added up 91 points, Domantas Sabonis scored a brace three times and the Sacramento Kings trailed the Los Angeles Lakers in the middle two halves to a 134-120 win tonight. Wednesday .

Huerter led with 26 points, followed by Murray with 23, Fox with 22 and Barnes with 20, helping the Kings beat the Lakers for the second time in a row this season.

LeBron James picked up a top 31 in the game as part of a brace for the Lakers, who played without Anthony Davis (right leg strain) and Russell Westbrook (left leg pain).

After a heavy loss to Phoenix on Monday, the Lakers had the upper hand for most of the first half and kept a 44-43 lead near the midpoint of the second half before the Kings took control of the game.

Sacramento scored 41 points in the second half to lead 66-58 at halftime, then trailed the visitors with a 40-point comeback in the third half, leading 106-86.

Murray (six), Huerter (three) and Barnes (three) add up to 12 3-pointers, one more than the Lakers as a whole. Sacramento overcame the visitors 51-33 from outside the arc.

Murray used an accuracy of 6 to 12 on 3 pointers to give him his fifth 20-point game of the season. The Kings are 5-0 in those competitions.

His six 3-pointers match his best of the season, set earlier this month in Cleveland.

Sabonis, the tournament leader in doubles, scored just a second double with 13 points and a match-high in rebounds with 21 and assists with 12.

Neemias Queta is the sixth King to double that number with 10 points coming on as a substitute, taking all five of his shots and helping Sacramento get past the visitors 50.5% to 50, 0%.

James scored 31 points in 34 minutes. He completed his double with 11 assists as well as finding time for six rebounds.

Lonnie Walker IV added 19 points, Dennis Schroder 18, Thomas Bryant 17 with 10 rebounds and Patrick Beverley 13 for the Lakers.


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