They call Ben McLemore “Flight 16” when it comes to his high-flying dunks. With the way the Sacramento Kings played Friday night, they may need to add some additional numbers to the fleet. Derrick Williams threw it down with a reverse dunk and DeMarcus Cousins added a thunderous dunk in the lane, but the Kings fell to the Los Angeles Lakers 106-100.
“Sir” McLemore scored a career-high 20 points and has proven that the Kings made a excellent choice on draft day while the addition of Williams cannot be understated. He’s really galvanized the team into playing with more energy and had some highlight reel dunks in the first half. Isaiah Thomas continues his sixth man campaign scoring 14 points in the first half — but went scoreless after the break.
Sacramento is now 4-10 at home, but have managed to stay in games late — even as they endure the toughest schedule in the league. Though the Kings faltered at the end, head coach Michael Malone had to have been impressed with the defense in the third quarter. Jason Thompson showed great footwork on defense as he rolled over on the help-side defense, effectively shutting down Lakers center Robert Sacre, who was clearly frustrated by the pesky Kings defenders.
Laker fans had no problem getting tickets last year, but the yellow was sparse Friday at the Arena formerly known as Arco. The Kings handed out white t-shirts to the home crowd before the game and the Lakers were met with “Beat L.A.” chants throughout. The Kings end their homestand with a loss and now head out on the road Saturday to play the Utah Jazz. While the product on the court is not a throwback to the Kings’ glory days, the energy inside is.