Lakers vs. Kings Final Score: 120-114 Lakers collapse in the fourth

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The Lakers finally played against a team under 500 on Friday and still lost to the Kings 120-114. Amid more players missing games, a protest bubbling outside the stadium and a string of four-game losses, Los Angeles found a way to fall apart in the fourth.

Anthony Davis battled an illness that made him a decision during the match and clearly appeared under the weather in the Crypto.com Arena with his nose bright red. You didn’t see much effect on his playing though; he started with a great assist from Lonnie Sky Walker IV, ducked into the stands to steal a pass and had a chase block on Harrison Barnes. The Lakers still had their typical first quarter shootings, but against a weaker opponent they were able to overcome them and come out of first even at 23.

It’s no secret that the third quarter was challenging for the Lakeshow this season and Friday night was more of the same. The quarter was a back-and-forth affair, with both teams exchanging leads and neither team taking control. Midway through the fourth, with De’Aaron Fox on the bench, the Lakers were able to take a four-point lead, but were unable to extend it. They survived the closing minutes and led by one through the fourth.

In the final quarter, with Anthony Davis taking one last rest, the Lakers found a combination of Russell Westbrook and Wenyen Gabriel closing in on a couple of baskets. Wenyen finished the evening with eight points at 4/4 of the field. Russ mostly had the point, but Reaves brought the ball to the field a lot and made shots for himself. Once Anthony Davis returned, it was a one-possession game and it remained that way until De’Aaron Fox opened the game for the Kings with four minutes to go. He finished the night with 32 and cleared the Lakers with a turnaround floater on Austin Reaves with 0:32 seconds left.

Look at it from the positive side

The team is 2-10. I understand positivity can seem off-putting right now, but I do have a few things Laker Nation should be happy about.

  • Anthony Davis has been an iron man this season. He has dealt with a low back injury, illness and played back-to-backs. He showed himself and played hard. Sans LeBron, he put the Lakers on his back and finished the night with 24 points, 2 rebounds, and 1 assist, as a leader this team desperately needs him.
  • The Lakers are known for finding gems in design. 27 choose Kyle Kuzma, undrafted Austin Reaves, and now Max Christie. The second round draft pick has been getting a bigger role lately and looking good. On Friday, Max had 7 points and 4 rebounds. If he continues to play well and earn a rotational spot on this team, it will be another win for the Lakers Scouting division.

The Lakers want a literal victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday. They play against the Eastern Conference opponent in Los Angeles at 6:30 PM, looking for their second win in a row.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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