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Sacramento Kings react to late-game issues in loss to Los Angeles Lakers

Sacramento Kings' Darren Collison, left, drives to the basket as he is defended by Los Angeles Lakers' Jordan Hill during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 98-95.
Sacramento Kings' Darren Collison, left, drives to the basket as he is defended by Los Angeles Lakers' Jordan Hill during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 98-95. AP

Deadlines being what they are with a 7:30 p.m. start, there wasn’t enough time to add player quotes into last night’s game story.

So here’s what some of the Kings had to say about Tuesday night’s 98-95 loss for the Kings.

There’s also some more Michael Malone.

Malone on the last play of the game:

“We ran two plays late in the game. The first one where we called a timeout, and got Rudy Gay the chance to catch on the right wing and make a play, with screening action on the weak side for Ben McLemore, who I think was open. But we’re gonna trust Rudy Gay to make plays. And that last play, you give them (Lakers) credit, they defended it well. It was a play with a lot of different options. The first look was for Nik Stauskas to come up, but if he didn’t have it, to have other screening action to get Ben McLemore and Darren Collison a look. So, the execution was just OK on that play. It needs to be a lot better. ”

Collison on the loss:

“I missed a lot of free throws down the stretch. We just couldn’t rebound the ball. It’s a tough loss but we just have to do a better job on the rebounding part. We have to be able to knock down our free throws.”

Collison on late-game execution:

“Execution is a big part of the game, especially down the stretch. We were subpar as far as execution. When we did execute, good things came out of it. When we didn’t, we didn’t come out the way we wanted to come out.”

Rudy Gay on the Kings’ performance:

“We just came up short. We played well for three quarters but three quarters isn’t going to win you a basketball game in the NBA. We need to have a little more continuity offensively. Obviously we needed to rebound. We needed to finish off plays. We played pretty good defense up until the fourth quarter. I don’t think we played bad defensively in the fourth quarter. I think they had the second chance points that allowed them to get easy shots.”

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