Kings pull away from Lakers, complete season sweep

The Sacramento Kings defeated the visiting Los Angeles Lakers by a score of 120-107 on Wednesday night. Domantas Sabonis recorded a triple-double, Harrison Barnes tied a season-high with seven 3-pointers on his way to a team-high 23 points, and the Kings were able to escape a late surge by LeBron James.
Every single one of the five Kings starters scored in double digits, including Sabonis, who led the NBA with his 23rd triple-double by scoring 17 points, 19 rebounds, and 10 assists.

De’Aaron Fox finished with 21 points, Keegan Murray scored 19 points, and Keon Ellis added 14 points for the Kings, who finished the season with a 4-0 season-series sweep and moved three games ahead of the Lakers in the race for the Western Conference playoffs.

James scored nine points in the fourth quarter, including five consecutive points, which triggered an eight-point surge that turned a 17-point deficit into a 93-84 game with still 9:18 left to play. This achievement came after James had been restricted to nine points through the first three quarters of the game.
But Barnes responded with a three-pointer, and then he scored on two more over a 29-second span less than three minutes later, which put the Kings in lead for good at 107-91 with 6 minutes and seven seconds remaining.

Despite finishing with 18 points and leading the Lakers with 13 rebounds, James was unable to achieve his 111th career triple-double because he was short by one assist.

For Sacramento, who defeated the Lakers for the second game in a week, Murray had 11 rebounds, and Fox contributed seven assists. These two players helped Sacramento win. There has been a streak of five games in which the Kings have won four of them.

Three of Murray’s seven made baskets were three-pointers, which contributed to the Kings’ 57-42 advantage in points scored from beyond the arc over the visitors.

In addition to making seven of the Lakers’ fourteen three-pointers, Austin Reaves led the club in scoring with 28 points. Rui Hachimura contributed 20 points to the Lakers’ total, while Anthony Davis contributed 22 points and 10 rebounds to the team’s total production.

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