Sacramento Kings forward Jason Thompson (34) is congratulated by guard Marcus Thorton (23) after making a basket against the Los Angeles Lakers in the fourth quarter at Sleep Train Arena. The Kings defeated the Lakers 113-97. (PHOTO: US PRESSWIRE)
SACRAMENTO, CA - Marcus Thornton scored a team-high 23 points off the bench and the Sacramento Kings cooled off the Los Angeles Lakers with a 113-97 victory to snap a five-game skid.
Thornton, who led a 49-point effort from the Sacramento bench, scored 12 in the final period, helping the Kings out to their highest point total of the season.
Tyreke Evans shot 7-for-11 and finished with 18 points, while John Salmons and Jason Thompson added 13 apiece for Sacramento, which notched its third win of the season. Thompson also hauled in 10 boards in the victory.
Kobe Bryant scored a game-high 38 points, but didn't get much help from the rest of the Lakers starting lineup. Dwight Howard finished with just seven points and Pau Gasol scored eight, as Los Angeles lost for the first time under new head coach Mike D'Antoni.
Metta World Peace tallied 13 points and Jodie Meeks scored 15 in the setback.
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