February 2, 2020 / 5:56 AM / 16 days ago

Lakers blitz Kings early, cruise to victory

Anthony Davis had a team-high 21 points, LeBron James ran up a triple-double and the Los Angeles Lakers used a 44-point first quarter Saturday night to power a front-running 129-113 victory over the host Sacramento Kings.

Feb 1, 2020; Sacramento, California, USA; Jesse Reyes Zaragoza writes a messages on a art wall in remembrance of Kobe and Gianna Bryant before the game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports

Avery Bradley poured 16 of his 19 points into the first 12 minutes for the Lakers, who were coming off a 127-119 home loss that followed a tribute to the late Kobe Bryant on Friday night.

The Lakers improved to 7-0 on the second night of back-to-backs and 2-0 against Sacramento this season, riding Bradley’s four early 3-pointers to lead by as many as 24 in the first 12 minutes.

Danny Green, Kyle Kuzma and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope also nailed 3-pointers in the quarter, which ended with the visitors on top 44-22.

The Kings, who had won in Los Angeles against the Clippers in their most recent action on Thursday, got as close as 12 in the second quarter and 13 in the third period.

But Caldwell-Pope and James buried consecutive rally-killing 3-pointers just before the midpoint of the final quarter, extending the Lakers’ lead to 116-93 and paving way for a comfortable finish.

James’ triple-double consisted of 15 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. It was his 11th of the season, one off Luka Doncic’s league lead, and the 92nd of his career. Only Oscar Robertson (181), Russell Westbrook (146), Magic Johnson (138) and Jason Kidd (107) have more career triple-doubles.

Caldwell-Pope added 15 points, Rajon Rondo and Alex Caruso 13 apiece, and Kuzma 12 for the Lakers, who won for just the fourth time in their last eight games.

The Lakers shot 51.2 percent overall and 19-for-43 on 3-pointers, with Bradley leading the way with five threes.

De’Aaron Fox scored a game-high 24 points, and Buddy Hield had 22 for the Kings, who had won three of their last four.

Harry Giles III notched 16 points and a team-high eight rebounds, while Kent Bazemore added 10 points for Sacramento, which shot 42.9 percent overall and 14-for-44 on 3-pointers in the opener of a four-game homestand.

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