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Caldwell-Pope's season-high 34 points help Lakers top Kings

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) During a five-minute span in the third quarter, everyone in the Golden 1 Center knew where the ball was going when the visiting Los Angeles Lakers were on offense. That didn't mean the Sacramento Kings could do anything to stop Kentavious Caldwell-Pope from putting on a one-man shooting show.

Caldwell-Pope scored 17 of his season-high 34 points in the third and the Lakers snapped a three-game road losing streak with a 113-108 win Saturday night against the Kings.

Caldwell-Pope hit eight 3-pointers and the Lakers had 17 overall. Isaiah Thomas added 17 points off the bench in his fifth game since Los Angeles acquired him in a trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

''It's been a while since I've been that hot,'' said Caldwell-Pope, who is in his first season with the Lakers after spending his first four NBA seasons with Detroit.

Buddy Hield and Bogdan Bogdanovic each had 21 points to lead the Kings, who have lost eight of their last nine home games. Willie Cauley-Stein added 18 points and 15 rebounds.

The Kings took a 64-54 lead with two minutes gone in the third quarter, but Caldwell-Pope then hit five 3s in a five-minute span to lead the Lakers on a 33-19 run for the rest of the period.

''He got a couple in transition, but he's 6-foot-6 and he just shot it over the top of us,'' Kings coach Dave Joerger said. ''So once he got a catch, he could just get it up and he sent it over the top.''

The teams traded the lead early in the fourth before the Lakers took control, though the Kings pulled within a point in the final minute. Thomas and Josh Hart each hit a pair of free throws in the final 12 seconds to seal it.

''Those are easy points. I'm always willing to be that guy who takes those free shots,'' Thomas said.

Lakers rookie guard Lonzo Ball was held out after returning to the lineup and playing 17 minutes Friday night against Dallas. He had missed the previous 15 games with a sore left knee.

TIP-INS

Lakers: Caldwell-Pope's eight 3s were his most in a game this season and tied his career high. He also hit eight while scoring a career-best 38 points against New Orleans last season.

Kings: Sacramento is struggling at home over the last seven weeks, winning just once there during that stretch to fall to 8-19 at the Golden 1 Center this season. The Kings are 10-22 on the road.

ADVANTAGE LAKERS

Even though the Kings and Lakers had some epic Western Conference playoff battles a decade and a half ago, the Lakers have dominated the series since both teams landed in their current homes, with the Lakers now holding a 94-45 advantage.

FOX RETURNS

Kings rookie point guard De'Aaron Fox returned after missing a game with conjunctivitis. He started and played 30 minutes, scoring 13 points and handing out six assists without committing a turnover.

UP NEXT

Lakers: Play at Atlanta on Monday. Los Angeles won its only previous game against the Hawks this season, 132-113 on Jan. 7 at home.

Kings: Wrap up a three-game homestand against Minnesota on Monday. Sacramento has lost its two previous games this season against the Timberwolves, both of which were played in Minneapolis.

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Key Players
B. Ingram
14 SF
Z. Randolph
50 PF
25.9 Min. Per Game 25.9
14.9 Pts. Per Game 14.9
2.1 Ast. Per Game 2.1
7.1 Reb. Per Game 7.1
46.4 Field Goal % 48.5
46.4 Three Point % 48.6
68.8 Free Throw % 79.6
  Team rebound 0:00
  De'Aaron Fox missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:01
+ 1 Josh Hart made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:05
+ 1 Josh Hart made 1st of 2 free throws 0:05
  Personal foul on Buddy Hield 0:05
  Defensive rebound by Josh Hart 0:05
  Buddy Hield missed dunk 0:05
  Offensive rebound by Buddy Hield 0:05
  Bogdan Bogdanovic missed driving layup 0:05
+ 1 Isaiah Thomas made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:11
+ 1 Isaiah Thomas made 1st of 2 free throws 0:11
Team Stats
Points 113 108
Field Goals 41-91 (45.1%) 42-94 (44.7%)
3-Pointers 17-38 (44.7%) 13-25 (52.0%)
Free Throws 14-20 (70.0%) 11-17 (64.7%)
Total Rebounds 57 57
Offensive 12 17
Defensive 32 31
Team 13 9
Assists 26 28
Steals 5 5
Blocks 6 5
Turnovers 10 11
Fouls 18 21
Technicals 0 0
34 PTS, 7 REB, 2 AST
18 PTS, 15 REB, 1 AST
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away team logo Lakers 25-34 25253726113
home team logo Kings 18-41 29292525108
Team Stats
away team logo Lakers 25-34 113.1 PPG 46.6 RPG 23.9 APG
home team logo Kings 18-41 115.3 PPG 44.4 RPG 25.5 APG
Key Players
K. Caldwell-Pope SG 8.6 PPG 2.3 RPG 0.6 APG 38.7 FG%
B. Bogdanovic SG 15.4 PPG 3.4 RPG 3.6 APG 45.1 FG%
Top Scorers
K. Caldwell-Pope SG 34 PTS 7 REB 2 AST
B. Bogdanovic SG 21 PTS 6 REB 4 AST
45.1 FG% 44.7
44.7 3PT FG% 52.0
70.0 FT% 64.7
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Caldwell-Pope 38 34 7 2 0 0 0 3 12/20 8/14 2/3 0 7 45 +10
B. Ingram 38 13 7 8 0 1 1 2 5/12 1/3 2/2 2 5 36 +6
J. Randle 37 12 13 6 2 1 4 5 6/12 0/0 0/5 5 8 36 +20
B. Lopez 24 11 2 0 1 4 0 3 5/12 1/5 0/0 1 1 18 +11
J. Hart 30 10 6 5 1 0 1 1 3/10 2/4 2/2 3 3 26 +4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Caldwell-Pope 38 34 7 2 0 0 0 3 12/20 8/14 2/3 0 7 45 +10
B. Ingram 38 13 7 8 0 1 1 2 5/12 1/3 2/2 2 5 36 +6
J. Randle 37 12 13 6 2 1 4 5 6/12 0/0 0/5 5 8 36 +20
B. Lopez 24 11 2 0 1 4 0 3 5/12 1/5 0/0 1 1 18 +11
J. Hart 30 10 6 5 1 0 1 1 3/10 2/4 2/2 3 3 26 +4
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
I. Thomas 23 17 2 4 0 0 2 1 4/11 3/7 6/6 0 2 25 -1
K. Kuzma 22 10 5 1 0 0 1 2 3/9 2/5 2/2 0 5 16 -8
I. Zubac 11 4 2 0 0 0 1 0 2/4 0/0 0/0 1 1 5 -9
C. Brewer 13 2 0 0 1 0 0 1 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 3 -8
T. Ennis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Bryant - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Payton II - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Ball - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Caruso - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Deng - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Frye - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 113 44 26 5 6 10 18 41/91 17/38 14/20 12 32 210 +25
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Bogdanovic 30 21 6 4 1 1 2 5 8/16 4/7 1/1 1 5 35 -11
W. Cauley-Stein 37 18 15 1 2 2 2 2 6/14 0/0 6/11 6 9 37 -18
D. Fox 30 13 1 6 1 0 0 1 5/13 1/3 2/3 0 1 27 -13
Z. Randolph 19 7 2 3 0 0 2 2 3/6 1/1 0/0 0 2 13 -15
J. Jackson 14 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 1 1 -11
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Bogdanovic 30 21 6 4 1 1 2 5 8/16 4/7 1/1 1 5 35 -11
W. Cauley-Stein 37 18 15 1 2 2 2 2 6/14 0/0 6/11 6 9 37 -18
D. Fox 30 13 1 6 1 0 0 1 5/13 1/3 2/3 0 1 27 -13
Z. Randolph 19 7 2 3 0 0 2 2 3/6 1/1 0/0 0 2 13 -15
J. Jackson 14 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 1 1 -11
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Hield 31 21 8 1 0 0 3 4 8/17 5/10 0/0 4 4 28 +3
S. Labissiere 25 8 5 4 0 1 0 2 3/9 0/1 2/2 4 1 22 +13
K. Koufos 13 6 5 0 0 0 0 0 3/5 0/0 0/0 1 4 11 +10
F. Mason III 14 6 3 6 0 0 0 2 3/6 0/0 0/0 1 2 21 +5
V. Carter 6 5 1 0 0 0 0 1 2/2 1/1 0/0 0 1 6 +2
G. Temple 17 3 1 3 1 1 2 1 1/4 1/1 0/0 0 1 10 +10
I. Shumpert - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Caboclo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Cooley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Sampson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Giles - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 108 48 28 5 5 11 21 42/94 13/25 11/17 17 31 211 -25