Antawn Jamison -- one of just two Lakers to play off the bench -- had 27 points on 8-of-14 shooting and 5-of-8 from three. Steve Blake also had a big game off the bench, pouring in 16 points and handing out eight assists. Metta World Peace chipped in 19 points on 9-of-11 shooting. The healthy Lakers stars also got in on the fun, with Steve Nash and Dwight Howard both notching double-doubles.
Los Angeles and Sacramento were tied at 56-56 after a very entertaining first half, but the Lakers took control of the game by outscoring the Kings 30-20 in the third quarter. Sacramento made things interesting early in the fourth quarter with a 10-0 run to cut a 12-point deficit to two, but Los Angeles answered with an 11-0 run of their own to put the game out of reach.
The victory coupled with the Houston Rockets' loss earlier in the night has the Lakers just a half-game behind the Rockets for the seventh seed in the Western Conference.
Isaiah Thomas led the Kings with 26 points and six assists. Recent acquisition Patrick Patterson had a big game up front starting in place of the injured DeMarcus Cousins, scoring 22 points on 9-of-12 shooting and also grabbing five rebounds.