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Sacramento Kings hand LeBron-less Lakers 7th loss in 10 games

The Kings pull off a narrow escape as the Lakers play minus LeBron James for the first time this season

The Los Angeles Lakers – without the injured Anthony Davis and LeBron James – lost 123-120 to the Sacramento Kings, a the seventh loss in 10 matches.

Harrison Barnes scored the decisive basket with 30.1 seconds left to help the Sacramento Kings wrap up a 123-120 victory over the visiting Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night, March 3 (Thursday, March 4, Philippine time).

Buddy Hield registered 29 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists as Sacramento won for just the second time in the past 12 games.

De’Aaron Fox had 23 points and 8 assists before fouling out, Barnes scored 20 points and Richaun Holmes added 16 points and 9 rebounds.

Dennis Schroder had season highs of 28 points and 9 assists as Los Angeles played without LeBron James for the first time this season.

Montrezl Harrell matched his season high of 26 points and collected 12 rebounds, while Kyle Kuzma scored a season-best 25 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.

The Lakers have dropped 7 of their last 10 games and are just 3-6 since Anthony Davis (Achilles, calf) was sidelined.

James wasn’t with the team and was listed out with a left ankle injury.

Marc Gasol (health and safety protocols) missed his second straight game.

Sacramento’s Tyrese Haliburton (calf) missed this third straight game, and teammate Hassan Whiteside (health and safety protocols) sat out for the fifth consecutive contest.

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