Lakers lose to Kings at Valley View Casino Center

Lakers make annual appearance in San Diego

SAN DIEGO - The Los Angeles Lakers ended a winless preseason with a 94-82 loss to the Sacramento Kings Thursday at Valley View Casino Center in their annual appearance in San Diego.

The Kings took the lead for good by scoring 13 unanswered points in a two-minute, 40-second span of the third quarter to pull ahead 53-42 with 6:45 remaining in the quarter.

Sacramento, 5-2, increased its lead to 20, 72-52, with 1:24 left in the quarter.

The Kings held their biggest lead, 83-60, with 9:22 to play in the fourth quarter. The Lakers made the final score more respectable with a late 7-0 run.

Kobe Bryant missed his second consecutive game for the Lakers, 0-8, because of a strained and bruised right foot.    Bryant suffered the injury when he accidentally made contact with a Sacramento player in the third quarter of Sunday's 99-92 loss at Staples Center.

DeMarcus Cousins and Isaiah Thomas led five Kings in double figures with 20 points each while Tyreke Evans added 14 and Jason Thompson 12.

Guard Devin Ebanks, who started in place of Bryant, was the only Laker in double figures scoring 14 points before a crowd announced at 11,200.

Center Dwight Howard had nine points and eight rebounds in 23:36 in his second game with the Lakers.

Howard missed the Lakers' first five preseason games because he was not medically cleared to play following back surgery. He missed Wednesday night's 97-91 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center because the team decided not to play him in back-to-back games.

The Lakers committed 21 turnovers to Sacramento's seven. The Kings scored 28 points off Laker turnovers while the Lakers scored 12 points off Sacramento turnovers.

The Lakers have been scheduled to play a preseason game in San Diego each year since 1999, but two games have been canceled.

The 2007 game was canceled because of the wildfires burning throughout San Diego County. A game planned for Oct. 25, 2011 against the Clippers was canceled because of the NBA's lockout of its players after it was unable to reach an agreement with the union representing its players on a new collective bargaining agreement.

The Lakers are 7-5 in their San Diego exhibition games since 1999.

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