LOS ANGELES – Alvin Gentry said when he became Sacramento’s interim coach that it would take everyone if the Kings would stop their season from getting out of control.
Friday night, they got plenty of contributions up and down the guard. Seven players scored double-digit as Sacramento outscored the Los Angeles Lakers 141-137 in triple overtime.
“There are guys this season who have not played many minutes, but they are starting to give us a boost when asked,” Gentry said. “For us, it requires a village, and that is what we are trying to do. We continued to compete, plowed back a little at a time and took the lead. ”
De’Aaron Fox scored 34 points and Buddy Hield had 13 of his 25 under regulation for the Kings, who have won two just after losing eight of nine. They are 2-1 since Luke Walton was fired on Sunday.
In a game of 19 draws and 23 lead changes, the Lakers led 126-124 one minute into the third overtime as the Kings went on an 11-2 run to go up seven with 1:54 left. Marvin Bagley III had five points during the sprint, including a three-point game to give Sacramento the lead.
Carmelo Anthony struck a 3-pointer with 9.4 seconds left to get the Lakers within a basket, but Hield lowered a couple of penalty throws on the ensuing possession to put it away.
Tyrese Haliburton had 19 points for the Kings, who were in their first triple-OT match since 2009.
“It has been good to get those two wins, but we are still climbing,” Fox said. “We wanted to keep running and keep up the pace. We did not have fresh legs out there, but they were young legs. ”
The Lakers, who are 10-11 after losing five of their last seven, had four players with at least 20 points with the first time this season. LeBron James led with 30 points, Russell Westbrook added 29, Anthony Davis 23 and Malik Monk 20.
“When we get a chance to knock a team out, we just let them stay on,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. “We knew the early season would be uneven. You want to win games like this, but there is a big picture we are taking with this team.”
The Lakers scored the first six points in the first overtime and were up 110-103 before the Kings scored seven in a row, including the Hields 3-pointer to equalize with 28 seconds left. Davis had a run layout with 9.0 seconds left, but Sacramento forced another OT on the Hields 18-foot jumper.
The biggest lead anyone had in second overtime was three points. James made a run layout with 24 seconds left to equalize it to 124. Sacramento had the last possession but could not get a shot off.
“We are very frustrated. First match after road trip, this is a match we should have won,” said Davis. “We had control of it in the fourth and let it go. We need to be a better home team than we are right now. “