As it turned out, the Sacramento Kings were just what the Lakers needed to end their four-game losing streak tonight. The Lakers led by as many as 35 points late in the game. They outscored the Kings, 68-30, in the paint. They held Sacramento to 31-for-77 shooting (40.3 percent). Kobe Bryant scored 22 points, and Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom each added 16 points. Bryant and Gasol left the game for good with 2:55 remaining … in the third quarter. Shannon Brown led the second unit with 14 points, and Steve Blake scored 11 and Derrick Caracter had a career-high 10.
Said Gasol of playing with a sore left hamstring: “It was a little sore, a little tight, but I managed it well during the game. I didn’t really push it too hard during the game. I was able to play through it.”