The Kings appeared on their way to ending their losing streak until their offense failed them late again.
The Los Angeles Lakers closed the game on an 13-3 run over the final 3:35 to hand the Kings a sixth consecutive defeat, 106-100, Friday night at Sleep Train Arena.
The losing streak is a season worst for the Kings.
The Kings were outscored 25-13 in the fourth quarter.
DeMarcus Cousins and Ben McLemore each had 20 points for the Kings (4-13). That was a season high for the the rookie, McLemore. Cousins also had 11 rebounds.
Pau Gasol and Jodie Meeks each had 19 points for the Lakers (10-9), who were playing the last game before Kobe Bryant returns Sunday in Los Angeles against Toronto.