The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Sacramento Kings, 101-91, on Thursday night at the Golden 1 Center. After the game, an exchange of words was caught between Julius Randle and DeMarcus Cousins and some fans see it as the start of a new rivalry in the NBA.
DeMarcus Cousins took advantage of the young Lakers early in the game, giving them an eight-point deficit that forced coach Luke Walton to call a time out. D’Angelo Russell tried to raise the team’s spirit by hitting a three-pointer and stop the Kings 9-0 run. However, it is very noticeable that the Lakers were struggling to make baskets, resulting for the Kings to end the first quarter with 30-16.
Lou Williams, who scored 21 points, stepped up for the Lakers in the second quarter to cut the lead to nine. The Kings capitalized on the Lakers seven turnovers, scoring 11 points. Cousins continue to dominate under the basket with Timofey Mozgov on the bench.
Russell and Randle joined forces in the final minutes of the first half but were still unable to cut the lead to a single digit. The Kings ended the second quarter with 55-45. Things turned the opposite way in the third quarter as the Lakers became more aggressive.
Nick Young knocked down three-pointers and managed to cut the lead to five. The Lakers were on a 7-0 run before Cauley-Stein’s tip-dunk. The Lakers trailed by three, 73-70, heading into the fourth. Williams led the Lakers in the final quarter, giving them their first lead since the first quarter.
DeMarcus Cousins, who was scoreless in the third quarter, hit a three-pointer to tie the game at 80. “Boogie” tried to dominate under the basket, proving that he is one of the most dominant centers in the league. However, Mozgov and Randle made a huge stop that gave Cousins frustrations in the final minute of the game.
Lou Williams and Nick Young exploded in the remaining seconds and gave the Lakers their fifth victory, 101-91. Walton praised Williams for another incredible performance and admitted that he is one of the reliable scorers on the bench.
“He is one of those players who keeps getting better as the game progresses,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “He’s been doing this his whole career, making big shots.”
When the game ends, DeMarcus Cousins approached Julius Randle and an exchange of words was seen between the two big men. Is it the start of the Boogie-Randle rivalry?
The Lakers are set to face the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night at the Smoothie King Center while the Kings will play against the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night at the Moda Center.
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