LeBron James scores 37 points, Lakers beat Kings 136-134

Jan 7, 2023, 7:58 AM | Updated: 10:22 pm
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) shoots over Sacramento Kings forward Keegan Murray (13)...

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) shoots over Sacramento Kings forward Keegan Murray (13) during the first quarter in an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023. (AP Photo/José Luis Villegas)

(AP Photo/José Luis Villegas)

              Los Angeles Lakers coach Marvin Ham signals to the team on the defensive end during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in Sacramento, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023. (AP Photo/José Luis Villegas)
            
              Sacramento Kings guard Davion Mitchell (15), left, defends as Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook (0) drives the baseline during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023. Mitchell was called for blocking. (AP Photo/José Luis Villegas)
            
              Sacramento Kings forward Keegan Murray (13) and Los Angeles Lakers center Thomas Bryant (31) vie for the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023. (AP Photo/José Luis Villegas)
            
              Sacramento Kings guard Davion Mitchell (15) passes the ball past Los Angeles Lakers center Thomas Bryant (31) during the half of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023. (AP Photo/José Luis Villegas)
            
              Los Angeles Lakers guard Max Christie (10) and forward Wenyen Gabriel (35) defend against Sacramento Kings forward Trey Lyles (41) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023. (AP Photo/José Luis Villegas)
            
              Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) shoots over Sacramento Kings forward Keegan Murray (13) during the first quarter in an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023. (AP Photo/José Luis Villegas)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — LeBron James scored 37 points, Dennis Schroder made two free throws with 3.6 seconds left and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Sacramento Kings 136-134 on Saturday night for their fifth straight victory.

“Trending in the right direction and learning from our mistakes,” Lakers coach Darvin Ham said. “At the end of the day, everything we have gone through I think has been a huge education for us. We are trending in the right direction currently.”

De’Aaron Fox had 34 points and nine assists for Sacramento. He missed a halfcourt shot at the buzzer.

Schroder finished with 27 points to help the Lakers improve to 19-21 with their sixth victory in seven games.

James also had eight rebounds and seven assists. He drew Domantas Sabonis’ sixth foul with 48.1 seconds left and converted the shot and free throw to give the Lakers a one-point lead.

Thomas Bryant added 29 points and 14 rebounds for the Lakers.

“It says a lot about the confidence,” Bryant said. “Strong resiliency that we try and bring each and every night out. I know each and every last one of those guys are proud of each other out there.”

Sabonis had 25 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists. Harrison Barnes scored 18 points and Kevin Huerter had 17.

“Bottom line is we have to figure out somehow, someway to stop people,” Kings coach Mike Brown said. “Defensively we are not good, at all.”

TIP-INS

Lakers: Los Angeles ruled out G Lonnie Walker lV (left knee tendinitis), G Austin Reaves (left hamstring strain) and F Troy Brown Jr. (left quad strain) before the game. F Anthony Davis remains out with right foot soreness. … Lakers coach Darvin Ham received a technical foul with 11:03 left in the second quarter. …James got a technical foul with 6:26 left in the first half.

Kings: G Malik Monk was ruled out with a calf injury. Sacramento coach Mike Brown said pregame it was Brown’s decision to sit Monk. … All five Kings starters scored in double-digits for the 13th time this season.

UP NEXT

Lakers: At Denver on Monday night.

Kings: Host Orlando on Monday night.

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