Jordan Farmar scored a career-high 30 points. (Facebook/LA Lakers)
This is what a Hollywood Night should look like at Staples Center. Celebrities should be in the stands, records should be broken and career-highs should be scored. That happened Friday night as the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Sacramento Kings, 126-122.
Lakers’ Jordan Farmar scored a career-high 30 points and shot a career best 8-of-10 from the three-point line. Collectively, the Lakers were hot from behind the arc. They tied a franchise record for three-pointers made, coverting 19-of-27.
Despite trailing by as many as 15 points, the Lakers were 5-of-9 in threes (55.6%), but really turned it on in the second half. LA shot 77.8 percent from 3-point land, hitting 14 of their 18 3’s.
Entering the game, the Lakers held the worst record in the West, and the Kings had just one more win than them.
It wasn’t an easy win, but the Lakers’ 126 points secured the win and was a season-high for the team. Normally the Lakers energy dies down in the second half, but they had a big third quarter.
LA scored 41 points in the third quarter, and 72 points in the second half. Looking at the stats, the Lakers should have never trailed but turnovers hurt them early. The Lakers had 17 turnovers, which amassed 25 points from the Kings. Lack of defense in the paint also hurt them, as the Kings outscored them, 66-52.
Defense continues to be a point of weakness for the Lakers. Even with a functioning offense shooting 60 percent from the field, 70 percent from 3’s and 68.8 percent from the line, the Lakers allowed the Kings to shoot 50 percent from the field and sent them to the line 32 times.
One of the Lakers biggest stats was their blocks. The Lakers had 11 blocks and were led by Wesley Johnson, who recorded three. Jodie Meeks and Pau Gasol each scored 22 points, while MarShon Brooks added 23 points.
Although the Kings were without DeMarcus Cousins, they put up a big fight. Rudy Gay led all scorers with 32 points, while Isaiah Thomas and Derrick Williams each scored 26 points.
The Lakers will have a few days off before returning to action Monday night. The Lakers are still without key pieces, but a victory was crucial to a team full of frustration and doubt.