Kings notes: Different game with Cousins, Robinson

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 3C
Last Modified: Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012 - 12:51 am

The Kings are looking for a fair fight this time.

When the Los Angeles Lakers beat Sacramento 103-90 on Nov. 11 at Staples Center, two key Kings were missing.

Center DeMarcus Cousins and forward Thomas Robinson both were serving NBA suspensions.

The Kings learned of Cousins' suspension just hours before tip-off and had no answer for Lakers center Dwight Howard, who had his way inside with 23 points, 18 rebounds and three blocked shots.

Power forward Pau Gasol had 18 points as he and Howard combined to shoot 15 of 28.

The Lakers also outrebounded the Kings 50-39.

"We were successful against them (in exhibition games) when we were all together," Kings forward Jason Thompson said. "That was preseason, but guys were going hard then. Obviously it counts now, but at full strength with guys to help me out in the frontcourt, it should be good."

The Kings beat the Lakers three times in the preseason. Howard missed one of those games and made his debut in another following back surgery.

Thanks in part to Howard and Gasol, the Lakers entered Tuesday's night's game against visiting Brooklyn with an 8.7 rebound differential, second best in the NBA.

The Kings were at minus-4.5, fourth worst in the league.

The Kings are 2-1 when outrebounding their opponent.

Pace watch – The Lakers hired Mike D'Antoni as head coach the morning after their last game against the Kings.

D'Antoni is known for coaching up-tempo basketball, and that could help the Kings' struggling offense. A faster game would be fine with the Kings, who have scored more than 100 points only once this season.

"They're obviously pushing the pace more so," Kings coach Keith Smart said. "We want to run the basketball, too. We want to get our pace up and down the floor."

D'Antoni coached his first game Tuesday against the Nets.

He had been recovering from knee surgery before being hired to replace Mike Brown.

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