Kobe Bryant and the Lakers beat the Kings

Lakers can’t hold on to lead late; lose to Kings 108-101

(Photo: AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

The Los Angeles had a 1 point lead in the 4th quarter before DeMarcus Cousins tip-in at the 5:34 mark put the Kings up 92-91. Cousins scored 6 points, including that tip-in, in the final 5 minutes to help the Kings hold off the Lakers and win 108-101. 

The talk after the game was about Kobe Bryant’s performance which was one of the worst of the season. Bryant scored 25 points but on 8 for 30 from the field; exacerbating the poor showing he added a game high 9 turnovers.

“Obviously, I have had tough moments,” Bryant told reporters after the game. “But the thing that I have always found effective is to focus on where you’re at in the moment and time.”

Where the Lakers are at the moment is falling farther from any chance of turning their season around and making a playoff run. The loss drops the Lakers to 8-19 which places them 13th in the Western Conference and 6 games back on the loss side from the 8th and final playoff spot.

Bryant has played his worst stretch of his career; in the last 5 games Bryant is averaging 20.6 points but on a horrid 29.9 percent shooting from the field and 4.4 turnovers per game. Bryant’s plays as been so bad that talk about sitting him for a game or two came up after Sunday’s loss.

The Lakers face a though stretch with facing Golden State on Tuesday at home then going on the road to Chicago on Christmas Day and then play in Dallas on the 2nd night of a back to back. Resting Bryant is understandable thought but not something that is likely to take place at this juncture of the season and through a very tough stretch of games.

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