Bogdanovic's buzzer beater denies Lakers

Bogdanovic's buzzer beater denies Lakers

The Sacramento Kings sunk the Los Angeles Lakers with Bogdan Bogdanović’s heart-breaking buzzer beater which cost them a 117-116 loss at Golden 1 Centre.

The Lakers stepped into the game without team-carrier Lebron James (groin injury) and Rajon Rondo (finger injury). Kyle Kuzma attempted to fill in their absence as he led the team with 33 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 assists.  Brandon Ingram added 22 points and Lonzo Ball dropped a double-double with 20 points and 12 assists.

The Lakers’ free-throw percentage (69.6%) was a serious let-down.

Despite putting up a tough and high-paced fight for three and a half quarters, the absence of Lebron could be felt as the Kings fought back with a 33-21 fourth quarter. Coach Luke Walton believed that the loss was attributed to the Lakers’ failure to keep the fight going till the end to clinch a solid win.

“Those type of things (rebounds and defense) are what cost us the game, not not having him (Lebron James) at the end or that shot that Bogdanovic hit,” Walton claimed.

After Justin Jackson made three free throws to tie the score at 112, Kuzma made a clutch 3-pointer with 41 seconds remaining. Fox calmly put in two free throws for Sacramento, and Kyle Kuzma made one of two to put the Lakers up by two with 4.6 seconds to go. Bogdanovic then launched the game-winner over Tyson Chandler for the win.

Kings had four of their starting line-up players that contributed double digits to their win. The buzzer-beater stardom Bogdanović scored 23 points off the bench.  Willie Cauley-Stein cruised 19 points and 8 rebounds. Both Nemanja Bjelica and Iman Shumpert dropped 18 points with De’Aaron Fox’s season-high 15 points.

Their determination and aggressiveness sealed a tight win over the Lakers.

“We keep things interesting,” Kings coach Dave Joerger said. “We scrambled around and got loose balls and were able to get out in transition. Heck of a win.”

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