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Kings blow huge lead but beat Lakers 118-115

Sacramento Kings guard Rajon Rondo (9) goes to the basket against the Los Angeles Lakers guard D'Angelo Russell (1) on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento.
Sacramento Kings guard Rajon Rondo (9) goes to the basket against the Los Angeles Lakers guard D'Angelo Russell (1) on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento. hamezcua@sacbee.com

Player of the game: DeMarcus Cousins had 29 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists as the Kings held off a Lakers rally from 27 points down for a 118-115 win Thursday night at Sleep Train Arena. The Lakers came back in the fourth quarter while Kobe Bryant sat out the fourth quarter after scoring 28 points in his last game in Sacramento.

Turning point: Rajon Rondo made a floater in the lane with 21.7 seconds left to give Sacramento a 116-115 lead, and the Kings avoided an epic collapse.

X-factor: The Kings helped keep the Lakers in the game by allowing them to shoot 54.7 percent. The Lakers entered the game shooting 41.1 percent this season.

Records: Kings 15-21, Lakers 8-29

Key injuries: Omri Casspi missed his third straight game because of a sore upper back. Willie Cauley-Stein was out for the second consecutive game because of a lacerated right middle finger.

Jason Jones

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