NBA: Dennis Schröder ensures the spectacular victory of the Los Angeles Lakers against the Sacramento Kings

What a tragedy in Sacramento! The Los Angeles Lakers picked up their fifth straight win, winning a shootout with the Kings 136-134. The decision was made by Dennis Schröder from the free throw line, before De’Aaron Fox and LeBron James had a big duel.

Sacramento Kings (20-18) – Los Angeles Lakers (19-21) 134:136 (BOXSCORE)

The two attacking players dominated for more than 48 minutes in an entertaining exchange of blows, in which neither side was able to take a double-digit lead. Fox defended against the impending loss with 17 of 34 points (11/21 FG, plus 9 assists) in the lone fourth quarter and kept the Kings short with Domantas Sabonis, who had his 16th double-double d in a row in the return fault before the end (25, 12 rebounds, 7 assists), in the match.

Previously, the mighty LeBron James tried to take the bar, but Fox always responded with his mid-range pull-ups. In a crazy final phase, Schröder finally made the decision with a good drive seconds from the end. He drew a foul, increased his points tally to 27 points and made the final score 136:134.

The German confirmed his solid form, hitting 8/11 from the field and 4/5 from downtown. James had 37 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists, support was also provided by the extremely effective Thomas Bryant (29, 14 rebounds, 12/14 FG) and Russell Westbrook, who had 23 points, 15 assists and 5 rebounds – only as the second player such a bank statline since 1970/71 at all. Kings coach Mike Brown summed up the night well: “We can score, but defensively we’re terrible.

Lakers vs Kings: Offensive fireworks with strong Schröder

LeBron (ankle) said he was in good shape over time, so the visitors to the City of Angels started the game with the same starting five as in the win over Atlanta the night before. Schröder was hot in the opening minutes (8 in the first quarter), and the Lakers offense generally got off to a great start. The only flaw was the 5 turnovers and Sacramento was awake from the start – and red hot. Taken together, the two teams started on 13/21 from Downtown, the first period narrowly going to the Kings: 38:37.

It was much the same in the second quarter. The Kings again responded to a Westbrook hammer dunk from distance, while LA responded with a 9-0 run. Sabonis followed that up with a poster dunk, which was hugely entertaining for the offensive fanatics. The defense remained short until halftime, Schröder already had 4 converted triples in 4 attempts, the Lakers set a season record for most points in a half. 73:73!

The two offensives continued fortunately. Numerous attacks to the zone led to tons of free throws, the Lakers have already passed the 100-point mark just four minutes from the end of the third quarter. Even after three quarters played, LA had a field shooting rate of over 60%, but it remained balanced (109:109).

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