The Kings might actually be serious about winning this game. They came out incredibly hot after halftime, going on an 18-4 run thanks to some turnovers and bad shots by the Lakers.
Samuel Dalembert, somewhat surprisingly, has given the Kings a huge lift off the bench, scoring 17 in only 21 minutes. He hit a variety of jumpers, and combined with DeMarcus Cousins (24), the Kings centers have outscored the Lakers combo of Gasol/Bynum 41 – 14.
The Lakers were able to keep it relatively close with some timely threes by Derek Fisher and Ron Artest. Turnovers killed them in the quarter though, and they finished with 11, tied with the Kings.
Omri Casspi has also been an underrated player, scoring 18, including 3-5 from the three point arc. Carl Landry has been huge on the offensive glass, grabbing 6 offensive boards. Landry has also added 8 points.
Tyreke Evans still hasn't gotten much going, but did manage to stay out of further trouble.