Kings add to woes of James-less Lakers

    GRITTY: Kings guard De’Aaron Fox shoots over Lakers center Damian Jones in first half action. REUTERS PHOTO

    HARRISON Barnes scored the decisive basket with 30.1 seconds left to help the Sacramento Kings wrap up a 123-120 victory over the visiting Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night (Thursday in Manila).

    Buddy Hield registered 29 points, six rebounds and six assists as Sacramento won for just the second time in the past 12 games. De’Aaron Fox had 23 points and eight assists before fouling out, Barnes scored 20 points and Richaun Holmes added 16 points and nine rebounds.

    Dennis Schroder had season highs of 28 points and nine assists as Los Angeles played without LeBron James for the first time this season. Montrezl Harrell matched his season high of 26 points and collected 12 rebounds, while Kyle Kuzma scored a season-best 25 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.

    The Lakers have dropped seven of their last 10 games and are just 3-6 since Anthony Davis (Achilles, calf) was sidelined.

    James wasn’t with the team and was listed him as out with a left ankle injury. Marc Gasol (health and safety protocols) missed his second straight game.

    In other games, it was the Nets 132, Rockets 114; Sixers 131, Jazz 123 (OT); Blazers 108, Warriors 106; Pacers 114, Cavs 111; Mavericks 87, Thunder 78; Pistons 129, Raptors 105; Bulls 128, Pelicans 124; Hawks 115, Magic 112; and Hornets 135, Wolves 102.

    Nets 132, Rockets 114

    James Harden recorded his eighth triple-double of the season in his return to Houston, leading the Brooklyn Nets to a win and handing the Rockets their 13th straight loss.

    Harden finished with team highs in points (29) and assists (14) while adding 10 rebounds and three steals. Two nights after becoming the first player to record a 30-point, 10-rebound and 15-assist triple-double without a turnover, Harden committed eight giveaways against Houston.

    John Wall finished with a season-high 36 points for the Rockets. Victor Oladipo added 33 points, including 18 in the third quarter. Kyrie Irving finished with 24 points and six assists, and Bruce Brown added 17 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for the Nets.

    Sixers 131, Jazz 123 (OT)

    Joel Embiid scored 40 points and grabbed 19 rebounds to lift host Philadelphia past Utah in overtime. The Sixers capitalized on a late 8-0 run in OT to seal the victory.

    It was the fifth game this season that Embiid posted at least 40 points and 10 rebounds in a game. Tobias Harris scored 11 of his 22 points in overtime to go along with 10 rebounds, and Ben Simmons added 17 points.

    Donovan Mitchell led the Jazz with 33 points and eight rebounds but was ejected in the final minute of overtime after receiving his second technical foul. – Field Level Media