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Postgame notes: Kings fall apart in the fourth quarter

Postgame notes and quotes:

*Where to begin with the fourth quarter?

*The Kings were outscored 25-13 and had more turnovers (seven) than made shots (four). The Lakers closed the game on a 13-3 run.

*I had plenty of hits on Twitter about why Isaiah Thomas didn’t play more in the fourth. Thomas played 8:13 of the fourth before being benched. He missed all four of his shots (two of which were blocked on drives to the hoop) and had one turnover. He had 14 points and nine assists, no points and two assists in the second half.

*DeMarcus Cousins had three turnovers in the fourth and also missed all four of his shots. Cousins made three free throws in the quarter.

*The Lakers blocked five shots in the fourth. Wesley Johnson had two of his career-high five steals in the fourth.

*John Salmons actually had a a decent fourth, scoring five of his 13 points in the period.

*The Kings seemed to lack urgency in the fourth. Too much walking the ball up the court, the exact opposite of how they played in the first three quarters.

“Personally I think we played very slow in the fourth quarter,” Thomas said. “I don’t know what it was.”

Here’s coach Michael Malone on the fourth:

“We felt we had a major advantage in the post. We were in the bonus and trying to get the foul line. DeMarcus Cousins did a great job at finding the open man on the perimeter. When you try to go for a matchup or establish a guy in the post then it takes away from some of the ball movement. I think until we started turning the ball over in the game, we got whatever we wanted offensively.”

*The Kings were also slow on defense. How many times did Lakers get wide-open looks?

*Derrick Williams had nine points and nine rebounds, but played only 2:58 of the fourth quarter.

*Ray McCallum played 13 seconds at the end of the game, his first regular-season action.