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Lakers rally in 4th quarter, defeat Kings 121-114

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Lakers gave LeBron James a big present for his 34th birthday on Sunday - they proved they could win a game without him.

The Lakers trailed the Sacramento Kings by seven with 4:30 remaining in the fourth quarter before outscoring them 18-4 the rest of the way en route to a 121-114 victory. It is the first time in three games that the Lakers have won since James was sidelined with a groin injury.

James arrived at Staples Center a couple minutes after the game tipped off and got a rousing ovation. He left immediately after the game, and there is no timetable on when he will return to the court.

''When we feel comfortable on the basketball court it gives us a better chance to win,'' said Brandon Ingram, who scored 21 points, including nine in the fourth. ''We just continue to show growth in tight situations we are in.''

The Kings led 110-103 with 4:30 remaining when the Lakers scored 12 straight points over a three minute span to take control. Ingram, who had seven points during the run, tied it at 110 with a pullup jumper and then hit a 3-pointer with 2:13 remaining to give Los Angeles a 113-110 lead.

A steal and layup by Iman Shumpert brought the Kings within three, but Caldwell-Pope made a driving layup to make it a two-possession game.

Lakers coach Luke Walton said it was Ingram's most complete game of the season. The third-year forward also had a season-high nine assists and seven rebounds.

''He seemed to have a joy about him playing tonight that, when he has it, it is a lot of fun to watch,'' Walton said.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led the Lakers (21-16) with a season-high 26 points, and Josh Hart added 22.

Caldwell-Pope had 17 points during the second half, including going 4 of 9 on 3-pointers.

''Coach wants me to shoot more and that's what I did tonight. It felt good to get a rhythm,'' Caldwell-Pope said.

De'Aaron Fox led Sacramento (19-17) with 26 points, while Buddy Hield and Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 21 apiece.

''This is one we should have closed out and we didn't,'' Hield said. ''We had our minds on going into 2019 with 20 wins but we have more work to do. We can't just be happy with where we are at right now.''

Sacramento led by four at halftime and was up 85-74 with 5:35 remaining in the third quarter before the Lakers scored 12 straight points to take the lead. Caldwell-Pope keyed the run with nine points, including a pair of 3-pointers.

The Lakers' lead lasted only 15 seconds, however, as Hield hit a 3-pointer and the Kings outscored Los Angeles 11-6 over the remainder of the quarter.

Sacramento shot 53.8 percent from the field during the first three quarters and was 12 of 24 on 3-pointers. However in the final 12 minutes it was 8 of 24 from the field and just 1 of 10 from long distance.

BOUNCING BACK

It was the second time in four nights that the Kings and Lakers played. Sacramento won 117-116 on Dec. 27 on a 3-pointer by Bogdanovic at the buzzer. That was the first game James had missed since injuring his groin during the Dec. 25 game at Golden State. The Lakers were 0-2 in James' absence.

TIP-INS

Kings: Willie Cauley-Stein had 11 points and 12 rebounds. ... Fox also had seven assists, marking the 29th game he has had five or more, which is the fifth-most in the league.

Lakers: Kyle Kuzma added 18 points and Lonzo Ball 13. ... JaVale McGee scored eight points in his first game since Dec. 15. The 11-year center had missed seven games due to a respiratory infection. ... Hart's 17 first-half points is a career high, surpassing the 16 he had in the first 24 minutes against Memphis on Dec. 8.

UP NEXT

Kings: Host Portland on Tuesday.

Lakers: Host Oklahoma City on Wednesday.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:41 +3 Josh Hart made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kyle Kuzma 0-3
11:23   Iman Shumpert missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:17   Defensive rebound by JaVale McGee  
10:51   Defensive rebound by Buddy Hield  
10:46 +2 Willie Cauley-Stein made alley-oop shot, assist by De'Aaron Fox 2-3
10:23 +3 Kyle Kuzma made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Lonzo Ball 2-6
9:59   Out of bounds turnover on Brandon Ingram  
9:49   Buddy Hield missed jump shot  
9:48   LAL team rebound  
9:29 +2 JaVale McGee made hook shot 5-8
9:15 +2 Willie Cauley-Stein made reverse layup, assist by Iman Shumpert 7-8
9:02 +2 Brandon Ingram made floating jump shot 7-10
8:45   Buddy Hield missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:39   Defensive rebound by Brandon Ingram  
8:34   Kyle Kuzma missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:29   Defensive rebound by De'Aaron Fox  
8:23 +3 Iman Shumpert made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Willie Cauley-Stein 10-10
7:54 +2 Brandon Ingram made jump shot 10-12
7:37   Defensive rebound by JaVale McGee  
7:35 +2 Josh Hart made layup, assist by Brandon Ingram 10-14
7:35   Shooting foul on Buddy Hield  
7:35 +1 Josh Hart made free throw 10-15
7:27 +2 De'Aaron Fox made floating jump shot 12-15
7:12   JaVale McGee missed driving layup  
7:08   Shooting foul on Kyle Kuzma  
7:08 +1 Buddy Hield made 1st of 2 free throws 13-15
7:08 +1 Buddy Hield made 2nd of 2 free throws 14-15
6:52   Josh Hart missed fade-away jump shot  
6:48   Defensive rebound by Buddy Hield  
6:44 +2 De'Aaron Fox made layup 16-15
6:26 +3 Kyle Kuzma made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Brandon Ingram 16-18
6:11 +2 Willie Cauley-Stein made running Jump Shot, assist by De'Aaron Fox 18-18
6:01   Kyle Kuzma missed jump shot  
5:56 +2 Tyson Chandler made dunk 18-20
5:56   Offensive rebound by Tyson Chandler  
5:38 +2 Iman Shumpert made jump shot, assist by Nemanja Bjelica 20-20
5:29   Lonzo Ball missed driving layup, blocked by Willie Cauley-Stein  
5:29   LAL team rebound  
5:26   Kyle Kuzma missed layup  
5:23   Defensive rebound by Willie Cauley-Stein  
5:07   Unsportsmanlike technical foul  
5:07 +1 Buddy Hield made free throw 21-20
4:58 +2 Bogdan Bogdanovic made driving layup 23-20
4:39   Defensive rebound by Willie Cauley-Stein  
4:38   Shooting foul on Brandon Ingram  
4:38   SAC team rebound  
4:38   Iman Shumpert missed 1st of 2 free throws  
4:38 +1 Iman Shumpert made 2nd of 2 free throws 24-20
4:24   Personal foul on Buddy Hield  
4:20   Shooting foul on Iman Shumpert  
4:20 +1 Brandon Ingram made 1st of 2 free throws 24-21
4:20   Brandon Ingram missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
4:17   Defensive rebound by Kosta Koufos  
4:07   Personal foul on Kentavious Caldwell-Pope  
4:03   Bogdan Bogdanovic missed jump shot  
3:54   Brandon Ingram missed driving layup  
3:50 +2 Tyson Chandler made dunk 24-23
3:50   Offensive rebound by Tyson Chandler  
3:48   Personal foul on Josh Hart  
3:39   Bad pass turnover on Buddy Hield, stolen by Josh Hart  
3:31   Josh Hart missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:28   Offensive rebound by Tyson Chandler  
3:26   Offensive foul on Brandon Ingram  
3:06   Offensive rebound by Kosta Koufos  
3:04 +2 Kosta Koufos made hook shot 26-23
2:51 +3 Josh Hart made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kyle Kuzma 26-26
2:51   Shooting foul on Ben McLemore  
2:51 +1 Josh Hart made free throw 26-27
2:38   Out of bounds turnover on Bogdan Bogdanovic  
2:30 +2 Tyson Chandler made alley-oop shot, assist by Brandon Ingram 26-29
2:09 +2 Kosta Koufos made hook shot 28-29
1:52   Kentavious Caldwell-Pope missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:45 +3 Lance Stephenson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 28-32
1:34   Unsportsmanlike technical foul  
1:34 +1 Yogi Ferrell made free throw 29-32
1:26   LAL team rebound  
1:12 +2 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope made jump shot, assist by Tyson Chandler 29-34
1:00   Offensive rebound by Kosta Koufos  
0:57 +2 Yogi Ferrell made jump shot, assist by Kosta Koufos 31-34
0:45 +3 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Josh Hart 31-37
0:32   Kosta Koufos missed layup, blocked by Tyson Chandler  
0:29   Defensive rebound by Tyson Chandler  
0:26   Kentavious Caldwell-Pope missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:22   Defensive rebound by Kosta Koufos  
0:00   Tyson Chandler missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:00   LAL team rebound  
0:00   End of period  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:38 +3 Bogdan Bogdanovic made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Ben McLemore 34-37
11:20 +2 Lance Stephenson made jump shot 34-39
11:10 +2 De'Aaron Fox made driving layup 36-39
11:10   Shooting foul on Lance Stephenson  
11:10   De'Aaron Fox missed free throw  
11:07   Defensive rebound by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope  
10:53   Lonzo Ball missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:46 +2 Bogdan Bogdanovic made alley-oop shot, assist by De'Aaron Fox 38-39
10:26   Kentavious Caldwell-Pope missed driving layup, blocked by Bogdan Bogdanovic  
10:23   Defensive rebound by Bogdan Bogdanovic  
10:21 +3 Ben McLemore made 3-pt. jump shot 41-39
10:00   Lance Stephenson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:53 +2 Lance Stephenson made reverse layup 41-41
9:33   De'Aaron Fox missed jump shot  
9:31   Defensive rebound by Lance Stephenson  
9:22 +2 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope made jump shot 41-43
8:54   De'Aaron Fox missed layup, blocked by Johnathan Williams  
8:52   Offensive rebound by Justin Jackson  
8:52   Shooting foul on Johnathan Williams  
8:52 +1 Justin Jackson made 1st of 2 free throws 42-43
8:52 +1 Justin Jackson made 2nd of 2 free throws 43-43
8:42   Personal foul on De'Aaron Fox  
8:38 +2 Lonzo Ball made turnaround jump shot, assist by Lance Stephenson 43-45
8:22 +2 Nemanja Bjelica made layup, assist by Bogdan Bogdanovic 45-45
7:55   Johnathan Williams missed hook shot  
7:53   Defensive rebound by Nemanja Bjelica  
7:49 +2 Ben McLemore made dunk, assist by De'Aaron Fox 47-45
7:31 +2 Lonzo Ball made driving layup 47-47
7:14 +3 Bogdan Bogdanovic made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Nemanja Bjelica 50-47
7:00   Personal foul on Ben McLemore  
6:54 +3 Josh Hart made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Brandon Ingram 50-50
6:42   Nemanja Bjelica missed hook shot  
6:39   Defensive rebound by Kyle Kuzma  
6:29   Kentavious Caldwell-Pope missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:26   Defensive rebound by Nemanja Bjelica  
6:20 +2 Bogdan Bogdanovic made layup, assist by De'Aaron Fox 52-50
6:14   Offensive foul on Kentavious Caldwell-Pope  
6:14   Offensive foul on Kentavious Caldwell-Pope  
5:55   Bogdan Bogdanovic missed jump shot  
5:52   Defensive rebound by JaVale McGee  
5:37   Personal foul on Ben McLemore  
5:32   Shooting foul on Ben McLemore  
5:32   Josh Hart missed free throw  
5:29   Offensive rebound by JaVale McGee  
5:27   JaVale McGee missed hook shot  
5:26   Defensive rebound by De'Aaron Fox  
5:22 +2 Willie Cauley-Stein made running Jump Shot, assist by De'Aaron Fox 54-52
5:22   Shooting foul on JaVale McGee  
5:22 +1 Willie Cauley-Stein made free throw 55-52
5:06   Kyle Kuzma missed jump shot  
5:03   Defensive rebound by Ben McLemore  
4:57   Willie Cauley-Stein missed floating jump shot  
4:54   Defensive rebound by Brandon Ingram  
4:49 +2 Brandon Ingram made driving layup, assist by Lonzo Ball 55-54
4:45   Out of bounds turnover on De'Aaron Fox  
4:35 +2 Josh Hart made driving dunk, assist by Kyle Kuzma 55-56
4:14   Bad pass turnover on Ben McLemore, stolen by JaVale McGee  
4:10   Brandon Ingram missed layup, blocked by Willie Cauley-Stein  
4:06   Defensive rebound by De'Aaron Fox  
4:04 +2 De'Aaron Fox made layup 57-56
3:55   Bad pass turnover on Kyle Kuzma, stolen by Ben McLemore  
3:40   Defensive rebound by Josh Hart  
3:39   Bad pass turnover on Josh Hart, stolen by De'Aaron Fox  
3:35 +2 De'Aaron Fox made dunk 59-56
3:22   Lonzo Ball missed alley-oop shot  
3:18   Defensive rebound by Buddy Hield  
3:17   Out of bounds turnover on Buddy Hield  
3:04 +2 Lonzo Ball made layup, assist by Kyle Kuzma 59-58
2:50   Iman Shumpert missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:47   Defensive rebound by Kyle Kuzma  
2:38 +2 Kyle Kuzma made hook shot, assist by Josh Hart 59-60
2:24 +2 Bogdan Bogdanovic made layup, assist by Iman Shumpert 61-60
2:02 +2 JaVale McGee made hook shot, assist by Brandon Ingram 61-62
1:52 +2 De'Aaron Fox made floating jump shot 63-62
1:39   Lost ball turnover on Kyle Kuzma, stolen by Bogdan Bogdanovic  
1:35 +3 Buddy Hield made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Bogdan Bogdanovic 66-62
1:17   Bad pass turnover on Lonzo Ball, stolen by Iman Shumpert  
1:07 +2 De'Aaron Fox made floating jump shot 68-62
0:54 +2 Brandon Ingram made finger-roll layup, assist by Lonzo Ball 68-64
0:40   Bogdan Bogdanovic missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:28   Shooting foul on Willie Cauley-Stein  
0:28   Lonzo Ball missed 1st of 2 free throws  
0:28   LAL team rebound  
0:26   Defensive rebound by Iman Shumpert  
0:10   Personal foul on Kyle Kuzma  
0:05   Buddy Hield missed driving layup  
0:00   Lonzo Ball missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:00   LAL team rebound  
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:39   De'Aaron Fox missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:36   Defensive rebound by Lonzo Ball  
11:03   Willie Cauley-Stein missed driving layup, blocked by JaVale McGee  
10:59   Defensive rebound by Kyle Kuzma  
10:53   Personal foul on De'Aaron Fox  
10:39   JaVale McGee missed jump shot  
10:36   Defensive rebound by Nemanja Bjelica  
10:19 +2 Lonzo Ball made driving layup 70-68
10:08 +3 De'Aaron Fox made 3-pt. jump shot 73-68
9:51   Lost ball turnover on JaVale McGee, stolen by De'Aaron Fox  
9:46   Buddy Hield missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:41   Defensive rebound by Brandon Ingram  
9:37 +2 Josh Hart made layup, assist by Brandon Ingram 73-70
9:26   Bad pass turnover on De'Aaron Fox, stolen by JaVale McGee  
9:17   Defensive rebound by Nemanja Bjelica  
9:08   Defensive rebound by Josh Hart  
8:47   Defensive rebound by Willie Cauley-Stein  
8:42 +2 Buddy Hield made dunk, assist by Iman Shumpert 75-70
8:32   Out of bounds turnover on Lonzo Ball  
8:22   Iman Shumpert missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:17   Defensive rebound by Josh Hart  
8:09   Personal foul on De'Aaron Fox  
8:07   Shooting foul on De'Aaron Fox  
8:07   Lonzo Ball missed 1st of 2 free throws  
8:07   Lonzo Ball missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
8:04   Defensive rebound by Bogdan Bogdanovic  
7:58 +3 Nemanja Bjelica made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Buddy Hield 78-70
7:46   Brandon Ingram missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:44   Defensive rebound by Nemanja Bjelica  
7:33   Buddy Hield missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:30   Defensive rebound by Josh Hart  
7:18   Bad pass turnover on Tyson Chandler, stolen by Nemanja Bjelica  
7:03   Iman Shumpert missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:58   Defensive rebound by Kyle Kuzma  
6:52 +2 Lonzo Ball made layup, assist by Brandon Ingram 78-72
6:38 +3 Yogi Ferrell made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Iman Shumpert 81-72
6:24 +2 Brandon Ingram made fade-away jump shot 81-74
6:11 +2 Bogdan Bogdanovic made driving layup 83-74
5:59   Personal foul on Iman Shumpert  
5:54   Kentavious Caldwell-Pope missed jump shot  
5:52   Defensive rebound by Nemanja Bjelica  
5:35 +2 Yogi Ferrell made driving layup 85-74
5:20 +2 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope made layup, assist by Kyle Kuzma 85-76
5:20   Shooting foul on Yogi Ferrell  
5:20 +1 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope made free throw 85-77
5:00   Bad pass turnover on Buddy Hield, stolen by Josh Hart  
4:48 +3 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kyle Kuzma 85-80
4:27   Iman Shumpert missed jump shot  
4:23   Offensive rebound by Nemanja Bjelica  
4:23   Nemanja Bjelica missed hook shot  
4:23   Defensive rebound by Kyle Kuzma  
4:23   Personal foul on Nemanja Bjelica  
4:23 +1 Kyle Kuzma made 1st of 2 free throws 85-81
4:23 +1 Kyle Kuzma made 2nd of 2 free throws 85-82
4:10   Yogi Ferrell missed driving layup, blocked by Brandon Ingram  
4:07   Offensive rebound by Nemanja Bjelica  
4:06   Personal foul on Kyle Kuzma  
3:51   24-second shot clock violation turnover  
3:36 +3 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Brandon Ingram 85-85
3:26   Bogdan Bogdanovic missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:21   Defensive rebound by Josh Hart  
3:10   Defensive rebound by Iman Shumpert  
3:10   Personal foul on Josh Hart  
3:03   Willie Cauley-Stein missed jump shot  
2:54   Shooting foul on Ben McLemore  
2:54   Brandon Ingram missed 1st of 2 free throws  
2:54   LAL team rebound  
2:54 +1 Brandon Ingram made 2nd of 2 free throws 85-86
2:25 +3 Kyle Kuzma made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Brandon Ingram 88-89
2:13 +2 Bogdan Bogdanovic made floating jump shot 90-89
2:02   Offensive foul on Tyson Chandler  
2:02   Offensive foul on Tyson Chandler  
1:50   Bogdan Bogdanovic missed jump shot  
1:47   Defensive rebound by Tyson Chandler  
1:31   Kyle Kuzma missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:27   Defensive rebound by Justin Jackson  
1:23   Buddy Hield missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:21   LAL team rebound  
1:11   Svi Mykhailiuk missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:09   Defensive rebound by Willie Cauley-Stein  
1:00 +3 Justin Jackson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Bogdan Bogdanovic 93-89
0:51   Offensive foul on Tyson Chandler  
0:51   Offensive foul on Tyson Chandler  
0:42   Offensive foul on Bogdan Bogdanovic  
0:42   Offensive foul on Bogdan Bogdanovic  
0:42