Buddy Hield only scored two points in the second half, but they came in the clutch and helped the Kings escape with an 84-83 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday at Staples Center.
Hield gave the Kings an 82-80 lead, turning a Lakers turnover into an easy score with 37 seconds to play.
Hield led the Kings (25-53) with 19 points. Bogdan Bogdanovic had 15 points, and De'Aaron Fox added 14 points and six assists.
Julius Randle led the Lakers (33-43) with 19 points. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 16 points.
It was a rough night offensively for both teams. The Kings shot 38 percent while the Lakers shot 40 percent.
Both teams also struggled from the free-throw line. The Kings made seven of 14 while the Lakers were 16 of 25.
Here are three takeaways from the game:
New lineups will lead to uneven games
With four games left in the season, the Kings are trying some new lineups, and at times that's evident in their play. That doesn't figure to change.
Skal Labissiere left Sunday's game in the third quarter with a sprained left ankle. Zach Randolph (personal reasons) was not with the team for a second consecutive game.
Even when he's back, there's no reason to put Randolph back in the rotation, given he has not played since March 19. That means more opportunities for players like Jack Cooley and JaKarr Sampson.
Getting his turn
Rookie forward Nigel Hayes made his Kings debut Sunday. He was signed Saturday for the rest of the season and has a non-guaranteed deal for next season.
With only four games left in the season, the Kings can get a head start on planning for the offseason by seeing if Hayes is a good fit.
Hayes had three points, three rebounds and an assist in 22 minutes, shooting 1 of 7.
Two of the biggest cheerleaders/instructors for the Kings were injured players Garrett Temple and Iman Shumpert.
Temple has missed six games with a sprained left ankle. Shumpert, who was acquired in February in a trade with Cleveland, has yet to play for Sacramento while recovering from left knee surgery earlier this season and left foot plantar fasciitis.
Both were constantly standing Sunday night to encourage and correct younger teammates.
Temple has been with the Kings all season, but younger players have praised the way Shumpert has come in later and been a positive influence, even while not playing.