Bogdan Bogdanovic stuns Lakers with buzzer-beating 3-pointer for Kings

first_img Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe final play swept aside an admirable three-and-a-half-quarter effort by the young core of the Lakers, who led by 15 points with 6:44 remaining. With the half-court offense struggling throughout a fourth quarter in which they scored just 21 points, it was clear that James – who can credibly drive into the paint nearly at will in those situations – was missed.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.“With him being hurt, this is the first close game we’ve been in that he’s not there,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “If LeBron James is playing in that game, it probably finishes a little differently.”The Lakers stretched their lead to double digits several times in the second half but could not convincingly build upon the margin. The Kings were hanging around in the fourth quarter when Bogdanovic pressed it into a tight affair.Ball ended up a rebound short of his second triple-double (20 points, 12 assists, nine rebounds). He snatched up a blocked De’Aaron Fox shot and took it the length of the court for a layup with 1:42 left to give the Lakers a 3-point lead then was promptly removed because of cramps in his left calf that had bothered him earlier in the game.That left the Lakers, already down James and Rajon Rondo, without their third play-maker and one of their more active on-ball defenders. Isolation plays and early pull-ups, which had been a problem for much of the fourth quarter, happened a little more. Walton noted with dismay that some players were slow getting back on defense while arguing calls, which led to more opportunities for the Kings on the other end. Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers PreviousSacramento Kings celebrate after Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic (8) hit a 3-point shot to win an NBA basketball game game against the Los Angeles Lakers in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018. The Kings won 117-116. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)Lakers forward Brandon Ingram (14) drives around Kings forward Nemanja Bjelica during the first half of Thursday’s game in Sacramento. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma shoots as Kings forward Nemanja Bjelica (88) looks on during the first half of Thursday’s game in Sacramento. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball (2) drives to the basket past Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield (24) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram (14) shoots as Sacramento Kings forward Nemanja Bjelica (88) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)Los Angeles Lakers center Ivica Zubac (40) is defended by Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein (00) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball (2) is defended by Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton gestures to players during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart (3) drives to the basket as Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox (5) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein (00) shoots around Los Angeles Lakers center Ivica Zubac (40) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018. The Kings won 117-116. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)Sacramento Kings forward Nemanja Bjelica (88) gets past Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart (3) for a dunk during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018. The Kings won 117-116. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)Sacramento Kings guard Iman Shumpert (9) shoots over Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram (14) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018. The Kings won 117-116. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox (5) looks for an opening as Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018. The Kings won 117-116. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma drives around Kings forward Nemanja Bjelica during the first half of Thursday’s game in Sacramento. Kuzma scored a game-high 33 points in the Lakers’ 117-116 loss. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox (5) drives to the basket past Los Angeles Lakers center Tyson Chandler during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018. The Kings won 117-116. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox (5) goes for a steal against Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball (2) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018. The Kings won 117-116. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)Sacramento Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic (8) hits a 3-point shot over Los Angeles Lakers center Tyson Chandler (5) to win an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018. The Kings won 117-116. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)Sacramento Kings players celebrate after guard Bogdan Bogdanovic (8) hit a 3-point shot to win an NBA basketball game game over the Los Angeles Lakers in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018. The Kings won 117-116. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)Sacramento Kings celebrate after Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic (8) hit a 3-point shot to win an NBA basketball game game against the Los Angeles Lakers in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018. The Kings won 117-116. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)Lakers forward Brandon Ingram (14) drives around Kings forward Nemanja Bjelica during the first half of Thursday’s game in Sacramento. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)NextShow Caption1 of 18Lakers forward Brandon Ingram (14) drives around Kings forward Nemanja Bjelica during the first half of Thursday’s game in Sacramento. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)ExpandSACRAMENTO — For the Lakers’ Thursday night potluck, Kyle Kuzma and Brandon Ingram brought the scoring. Lonzo Ball brought the playmaking. Everybody chipped in on the glass.If not for the scores of visiting fans to Golden 1 Center wearing No. 23 Lakers jerseys, without context, there were stretches where it might have been easy to forget that the Lakers were missing their star.But the struggles of winning without LeBron James, who counts clutch scorer among his many roles, were on display late in the Lakers’ 117-116 loss to the Sacramento Kings (19-16). No one could close, and Bogdan Bogdanovic hit a dramatic 3-pointer at the buzzer to leave the Lakers (20-15) throwing their hands in the air in frustration.The Kings’ winning play was drawn up with 4.6 seconds left, after Ingram missed a free throw that would have stretched a frail Lakers lead to three points. The Lakers switched 7-foot center Tyson Chandler onto Bogdanovic, who buried the last of his 12 fourth-quarter points with flair. A home crowd that had faced a raid of Laker fans was finally able to erupt.center_img A Kuzma 3-pointer with 41 seconds left appeared at one point to be the winning basket: While Fox made a pair of free throws afterward, a contested Shumpert look at the rim didn’t fall.The Lakers wanted to be pleased with the effort of the young group: Kuzma, Ingram, Ball and Josh Hart, who played admirably in stretches without James to lean on. But the finish overshadowed that performance.“It’s a tough way to lose,” Kuzma said. “The narrative could be that we won. Lose over one shot.”While the Lakers started out sluggishly, trailing by as much as 12 points in the first quarter, Ball got them rolling. He hit three of his first four attempts behind the arc, totaling 11 points in the first period alone while serving as the team’s chief playmaker in James’ absence.By the end of the first quarter, Ball already had five assists. Throughout the night, he made a number of heady passes: a tough bounce to Kuzma on a break; a pocket pass to Tyson Chandler; a long home-run pass to Josh Hart out of a timeout.Performing well against Fox (15 points, 12 assists, nine rebounds) was a nice edge for Ball. Fox’s sophomore season has drawn praise, which adds scrutiny to Ball, who was selected three picks ahead of him.Kuzma added to the mix with high-volume scoring, getting on the right end of Ball’s passes and getting 23 points by halftime. Ingram had 22 points in the game, albeit on 19 shots.The blessing of the schedule is that the Lakers return home Friday night. The problem is they face the Clippers, who have started surprisingly well. And while the Lakers have faith in their young group to compete, they’re still finding a way that will yield wins.“Everyone’s impressed with the way they played, and I still am,” Walton said. “I told them they played great tonight, but it did go in. And that happens in the NBA. The point you learn is you don’t let it get to that one shot.” How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years The Lakers were already playing with fire: The Kings had come back from double-digit fourth-quarter margins to win their previous two home games. The Lakers’ mistakes (and absences) added up.“We gave up our game plan, pretty much,” guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope said. “We didn’t stick to the game plan.”Kuzma (33 points, nine rebounds) hit a floater with a minute left, but he made a critical mistake by fouling Sacramento’s Justin Jackson on a 3-point attempt. Jackson tied the score with three makes at the stripe.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more