WATCH: Lakers trio post good outings, but Kings emerge triumphant

The LA Lakers put up a valiant effort, rallying from a 27-point deficit, but things just didn’t go their way down the stretch, and they lost to the Sacramento Kings, 118-115, in Kobe Bryant’s final trip to California’s capital.

Bryant posted a strong outing, scoring 28 points in 31 minutes. And he was efficient to boot! He converted 10-of-18 shots, and 6-of-8 free throws, in addition to registering two rebounds, three assists and one block.

His big scoring night also gave him 33,010 career markers.

However, the Lakers opted to rest him down the stretch, which actually didn’t turn out so bad.

That’s because Jordan Clarkson and D’Angelo Russell were there to pick up the slack.

Clarkson logged 15 markers on 6-of-14 shooting, with five boards and four dimes. His backcourt partner D’Angelo Russell was even better. The second overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft went off for a career-high 27 points on an 11-of-16 clip, with four assists and two swipes.

Rest assured guys, he is no bust.

Unfortunately, the good times didn’t last. Russell suffered an ankle sprain (thankfully it wasn’t anything worse), and the Kings were able to gut this one out and triumph.

DeMarcus Cousins top-scored for the home team with 29 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists.

Know what’s most amazing though? The win gave the Kings a 15-21 record. That’s just a half-game behind the 15-20 Utah Jazz who are currently eighth in the Western Conference. Sac-town back in the Playoffs? It could happen!

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