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Lakers, minus Kobe Bryant, hand Sacramento 113-102 loss | Following the Kings

Kobe Bryant never even emerged from the Los Angeles Lakers' locker room, slowed by his sprained ankle and leveled by an apparent case of...

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Record: 23-44, fourth in the Pacific Division.

Next up: Tuesday, Los Angeles Clippers, 7 p.m.

Notable: The Kings fell to 2-7 without DeMarcus Cousins (quadriceps injury) this season.

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LOS ANGELES — Kobe Bryant never even emerged from the Los Angeles Lakers' locker room, slowed by his sprained ankle and leveled by an apparent case of the flu.

The Lakers didn't seem to miss him much in rolling to another win in what's turning into an interesting second half of the season.

Antawn Jamison scored 27 points, Metta World Peace had 22, and the Lakers beat the Sacramento Kings 113-102 Sunday night for their sixth victory in seven games.

With Bryant missing his first game of the season to rest his sprained left ankle, the Lakers tightened their resolve and their rotation. Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni used just seven players.

The Lakers (36-32) pulled away in the fourth quarter, stayed a game ahead of Utah (34-32) for eighth place in the West and moved a half-game behind Houston (36-31).

"We're just not making any excuses," Jamison said. "We just looked ourselves in the mirror and said, 'It's up to us to turn this thing around.' And I think we've been doing that since the All-Star break. We're finally playing the way we're capable of playing."

Former Husky Isaiah Thomas scored 26 points and Patrick Patterson had 22 for the Kings, who have lost 12 of 13 on the road. The Kings played without DeMarcus Cousins (quadriceps).

SACRAMENTO fg ft
min m-a m-a or-t a pf pts
Salmons 30:28 1-7 0-0 0-0 5 3 3
Patterson 36:01 9-12 2-2 3-5 0 2 22
Thompson 24:48 2-8 0-0 0-7 0 5 4
Thomas 34:19 9-20 5-5 0-1 6 3 26
Evans 41:44 6-19 0-0 0-5 7 2 13
Hayes 28:21 4-5 0-0 2-7 1 4 8
Thornton 20:49 6-15 1-1 1-3 1 2 15
Douglas 16:40 5-10 0-0 1-4 1 0 11
Aldrich 6:50 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0
Totals 42-96 8-8 7-33 21 22 102
Percentages: FG .438, FT 1.000. Three-point goals: 10-31, .323 (Thomas 3-10, Patterson 2-2, Thornton 2-6, Salmons 1-3, Douglas 1-4, Evans 1-6). Team rebounds: 10. Team turnovers: 6 (3 PTS). Blocked shots: 3 (Aldrich, Douglas, Evans). Turnovers: 5 (Aldrich, Evans, Thomas, Thompson, Thornton). Steals: 7 (Evans 3, Douglas 2, Thomas, Thompson). Technical fouls: Defensive three second, 6:07 first.
L.A. LAKERS fg ft
min m-a m-a or-t a pf pts
World Peace 39:56 10-13 1-1 0-0 4 2 22
Clark 27:00 4-10 3-4 0-8 2 1 11
Howard 40:32 4-6 4-10 3-17 1 2 12
Nash 35:04 7-12 4-4 0-4 12 2 19
Meeks 28:08 2-6 1-2 0-0 0 2 6
Jamison 34:47 8-14 6-8 1-9 1 1 27
Blake 34:34 6-11 0-0 2-5 8 2 16
Totals 41-72 19-29 6-43 28 12 113
Percentages: FG .569, FT .655. Three-point goals: 12-28, .429 (Jamison 5-8, Blake 4-7, Nash 1-2, World Peace 1-3, Meeks 1-5, Clark 0-3). Team rebounds: 9. Team turnovers: 15 (17 PTS). Blocked shots: 7 (Howard 5, Clark, World Peace). Turnovers: 13 (Blake 4, Nash 3, Clark 2, Howard 2, Meeks, World Peace). Steals: 2 (Blake, Meeks). Technical fouls: Defensive three second, 3:27 first.
Sacramento 27 29 20 26 — 102
L.A. Lakers 33 23 30 27 — 113
Attendance: 18,997 (18,997). Time: 2:12. Officials: Mike Callahan, JT Orr, Sean Wright.

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