Young scores 21 as Lakers rally past Kings, 101-91
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Lou Williams scored 13 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter to help the Los Angeles Lakers rally for a 101-91 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Thursday night.
The Lakers took control by breaking away from a tie game with 10 straight points, the final five by Young, to go ahead 92-82 with 3:36 left. Los Angeles has four wins in a five-game stretch for the first time since November 2013.
DeMarcus Cousins had 28 points and nine rebounds, and Rudy Gay had 15 points and eight rebounds for the Kings, who had their modest two-game win streak snapped. Sacramento had won the last seven meetings with the Lakers.
D'Angelo Russell had 17 points and Nick Young 16 for the Lakers. Julius Randle had 15 points and eight rebounds, and Timothy Mozgov added 10 points.
With the Lakers trying to hold on, Young drove the lane and was fouled while making an off-balance shot. He converted the free throw for a three-point play and a 97-88 lead.
The Kings led by double digits in the first half but their offense grew stagnant in the third quarter and continued halfway through the fourth, when they were outscored 28-21.
Both Young and Russell had eight points in the third quarter, when the Lakers outscored the Kings 23-18 and pulled within 73-70 heading into the fourth.
Lakers: The Lakers opened the game making their first five shots, then missed 12 of 14 the remainder of the quarter and trailed 30-16. … Larry Nance Jr. entered the game in the first quarter. He missed Tuesday's game against Dallas due to concussion symptoms. .. Los Angeles committed 21 turnovers that led to 27 points.
Kings: Ty Lawson made his first field-goal attempt. In the previous three games Lawson had missed 15 straight shots and scored six points in 77 minutes. … Cousins made two 3-pointers in the game's opening four minutes. He entered the game 5 of 22. … Playing in his second game following an eight-game suspension, Lawson missed nine of 11 shots and had six points.
Lakers: Play at New Orleans on Saturday. The Pelicans got their first win of the season Thursday at Milwaukee.
Kings: In Portland on Friday night, facing a tough back-to-back.