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Anthony Davis scored 25 points, Russell Westbrook added 23 and the Los Angeles Lakers overcame the absence of LeBron James to beat the Sacramento Kings 117-92 on Tuesday night. and secure protocol. Davis said James told him he was feeling fine and had no symptoms, but the Lakers would have to play at least a couple of games without him. “We still have to find a way to win,” Davis said. “We can’t let that affect us. Obviously, he’s a huge part of our team. But we’ve played a lot of games without him. So we know. We have to keep playing like we did defensively until he can come back. “The Lakers have more than enough from their other two big stars and go on with that. a dominant third half to win head-to-head matches for the first time since November . 8-10. The Kings took an early 66-52 lead in the third half before the Lakers beat them by 27 points to 9:15 in the final half to take a 13-point lead into the fourth. “Sometimes a coach has to light a fire for his team,” said coach Frank Vogel. “Today was one of those games. We didn’t put in the necessary effort to switch defenses and with our moves and rolls. … Sometimes you have to let them hear about it. there.” Westbrook scored 11 and Davis had 8 throughout the stretch, including the dunks that gave Los Angeles the lead. “My job and Russ’ is not that we feel we have to do it all, but we also have to do enough to help our boys,” Davis said. “I think we did enough tonight and The boys have also stepped up. It’s not just me and Russ. That is a common problem. But me and Russ as head of the snakes, we have to be able to keep leading these guys until LeBron returns. ” The Kings fell 2-3 under interim coach Alvin Gentry. Richaun Holmes scored 27 points from 12 to 13 in his first game back after missing three due to illness. De’Aaron Fox added 17 but also seven. “I want to apologize to all the Kings fans out there because you guys don’t deserve this,” Gentry said. “The second half was a disaster and it was an embarrassment. We couldn’t do what we did in the second half. … The fans don’t deserve it.” LOST LEBRONJames has missed 12 of the first 23 games of this season for the Lakers through injury, suspension and now this latest setback. The team is leading 7-4 with James and 5-7 without him after the win over Kings. out,” Vogel said before the game. “Hopefully we’ll be more successful this time around.” TIP-INSLakers: Avery Bradley (right thumb sprain) also missed the game… Malik Monk hit a 40-foot shot just before the halftime whistle to give Sacramento a 59-50 lead at half-time Monk finished with 22 points … Los Angeles turned the ball eight times in the first half. … Sacramento up 55.6% in first half and 28.6% in second .UP NEXTLakers: Host Los Angeles Clippers on Friday Kings: Visit Clippers on Wednesday.

Anthony Davis scored 25 points, Russell Westbrook added 23 and the Los Angeles Lakers overcame the absence of LeBron James to beat the Sacramento Kings 117-92 on Tuesday night.

The Lakers sent James home earlier the next day he has been included in the NBA’s health and safety protocol. Davis said James told him he was feeling fine and had no symptoms, but the Lakers would have to play at least a couple of games without him.

“We still have to find a way to win,” Davis said. “We can’t let that affect us. Obviously, he’s a huge part of our team. But we’ve played a lot of games without him. So we know. How it happened. We have to keep playing like we did defensively until he can come back.”

The Lakers have more than enough from their two other big stars and continued with a dominant third inning to win the head-to-head games for the first time since November 8-10.

The Kings opened up a 66-52 lead in the third inning before the Lakers trailed them by 27 points from the final 9:15 of the half to take a 13-point lead into the fourth inning.

“Sometimes, a coach has to light a fire for his team,” said coach Frank Vogel. “Today was one of those games. We didn’t put in the necessary effort to switch defensively and with our pick and roll measures. … Sometimes you have to let them hear about the thing. … there.”

Westbrook scored 11 and Davis had 8 throughout the stretch, including the dunks that gave Los Angeles the lead.

“My job and Russ’ is not to feel like we have to do it all, but we also have to do enough to help our people,” Davis said. “I think we’ve done enough tonight and the boys have stepped up too. It’s not just about me and Russ. It’s a common problem. But me and Russ as the head of the snakes, we are. I have to be able to keep leading these guys until LeBron comes back.”

Sacramento missed 17 of 18 shots from the field in the run-up to the fourth half. The Kings fell 2-3 under interim coach Alvin Gentry.

Richaun Holmes scored 27 points shooting 12 to 13 in his first game back after missing three points through illness. De’Aaron Fox adds 17 but also has seven turns.

“I want to apologize to all the Kings fans out there because you guys don’t deserve this,” Gentry said. “The second half was a disaster and it was an embarrassment. We couldn’t do what we did in the second half. … The fans didn’t deserve it.”

MISSING LEBRON

James has missed 12 of the first 23 games this season for the Lakers through injury, suspension and now the latest defeat that has sidelined him for multiple games. The team is 7-4 with James and 5-7 without him after the win over Kings.

“We are different now than we were three weeks ago or when he first came out,” Vogel said before the game. “Hopefully we’ll have more success this time around.”

CAT

Lakers: Avery Bradley (right thumb sprain) also missed the game. … Malik Monk hit a 40-foot long shot just before the halftime whistle to give Sacramento a 59-50 lead at halftime. Monk finished with 22 points. … Los Angeles rotated serve eight times in the first quarter.

Kings: F Marvin Bagley (non-COVID-19 illness), F Moe Harkless (knee) and F Harrison Barnes (leg) all missed the game. … Sacramento shot 55.6% in the first half and 28.6% in the second.

NEXT

Lakers: Hosts the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday.

Kings: Visit the Clippers on Wednesday.

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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