Kings 100, Lakers 95

The Lakers paid for their out-of-sync play during the first three quarters in tonight’s loss to the lowly Sacramento Kings at Staples Center. Kobe Bryant scored 38 points on 13-for-27 shooting after he had 21 on 8-for-11 shooting in the first quarter. Shannon Brown added 17 points in a reserve role and Andrew Bynum scored 12. The Lakers trailed by as many as 20 points late in the third quarter and got as close as 98-94 in the closing minutes. Their comeback fizzled, however. DeMarcus Cousins had 27 points for the Kings.