Kings blow 27-point lead, still edge Lakers
SACRAMENTO, CALIF. – DeMarcus Cousins had 29 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, and the Kings blew all of a 27-point lead in the second half before beating the Los Angeles Lakers 118-115 on Thursday night in Kobe Bryant's last Sacramento appearance.
Although the Kings were ahead 25-4 five minutes into the game, they needed to rally late for the victory to overshadow the 37-year-old Bryant, who thrilled the partisan crowd with 28 points. But he was on the bench for the night by the time the Lakers made a huge comeback to take the lead down the stretch.
Rookie D'Angelo Russell scored 11 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter for the Lakers, who have dropped five consecutive games to the Kings and have the NBA's second-worst record behind Philadelphia.
•MORE THAN THE GAME: Pau Gasol had 17 points and 18 rebounds, Derrick Rose scored 18 points, and the host Bulls beat the Celtics 101-92 for their sixth consecutive victory. Celtics coach Brad Stevens missed the game to visit cancer-stricken former Butler center Andrew Smith, who played on the Bulldogs' two runs to the national championship game.
•GOOD FOR 30 OR MORE: James Harden scored 33 points to lead the host Rockets to a 103-94 victory over the Jazz. Houston beat Utah for the second time in four days, following a 93-91 win Monday. Harden had 30 points in that one and has scored at least 30 in three of his past four games.