Bogdan Bogdanovic made a three-pointer at the buzzer and the Sacramento Kings rallied from a 15 point deficit in the final quarter to stun Los Angeles 117-116 in the Lakers’ first game this season without LeBron James.
Four-time MVP James missed the contest with a groin injury, ending his consecutive games played streak at 156.
James was injured during the Lakers’ 127-101 victory over two-time defending NBA champion Golden State on Christmas when he moved awkwardly while reaching for a loose ball.
Bogdanovic finished with 23 points and De’Aaron Fox added 15 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds in the win.
Willie Cauley-Stein had 19 points and eight rebounds, while Iman Shumpert equalled a career high with a half dozen three pointers.
Kyle Kuzma had 34 points and Lonzo Ball added 20 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds for the Lakers, who struggled down the stretch and lost their fourth game in the last six.
In the late game, Damian Lillard nailed a go-ahead three-pointer with six seconds left in overtime and finished with 21 points as the Portland Trail Blazers squeaked past the Golden State Warriors 110-109.
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— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) December 28, 2018
Kevin Durant missed a 13-footer as the final buzzer sounded but scored 26 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds.
Jusuf Nurkic finished with 27 points and 12 rebounds for the Blazers.
Durant hit a game-tying three-pointer with 19 seconds left in regulation, but the mistake-prone Warriors couldn’t overcome a series of errors in losing a second straight contest at home.
On Tuesday they were routed 127-101 by the Lakers.
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