Rudy Gay carried the Kings in the second half, scoring a team-high 16 of his 31 points in the Kings’ 107-102 win over the Los Angeles Lakers Wednesday night at Sleep Train Arena.
DeMarcus Cousins was dealing with foul trouble most of the night, and Gay was able to carry the offense.
“That was a big stretch for us,” said Kings coach Michael Malone. “Cuz was out and with no DeMarcus in the game we need to play through Rudy. Whether it’s pick-and-roll, iso or in the post. We kept on calling his number, he played for the dramatic flair, kept letting the shot clock go down to 1.0 a couple of times but he was able to score and be effective down there a couple of times and carry us for a little stretch until we could get DeMarcus back in the game.”
Gay said even as he’s playing well, he’s not content.
“I’m going to be home in a couple of days and guys are still going to be playing so no I’m obviously not where I want to be,” Gay said. “But I’m going to get better. I’m going to go to the gym this summer, work on some things, whether I’m here or not I’m going to be a better player.”
Gay can opt out of his contract after this season.
• The Kings are 22-6 when scoring at least 105 points.
• The King had eight turnovers, one more than their season low of seven Nov. 13 against Brooklyn.