(LOS ANGELES) — Even without Kobe Bryant, the Los Angeles Lakers managed an easy win.
Antwan Jamison scored 27 points to lead the Lakers past the Sacramento Kings, 113-102 on Sunday night at the Staples Center.
Bryant missed his first game of the season while dealing with his sprained ankle and a bout of the flu.
Jamison made up for Bryant’s scoring, and helped the Lakers shoot 56 percent from the field. “We’re just not making any excuses,” Jamison said. “We just looked ourselves in the mirror and said, `It’s up to us to turn this thing around.’ And I think we’ve been doing that since the All-Star break. We’re finally playing the way we’re capable of playing.”
Los Angeles (36-32) also got 17 rebounds from Dwight Howard as the Lakers kept their one game lead over the Utah Jazz for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Isaiah Thomas scored 26 points for the Kings.
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