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(JAIME A. FRIAS II)
JULIUS Randle contributed 22 points, 14 rebounds and six assists as the Los Angeles Lakers cruised to a 99-86 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Brook Lopez scored 18 points and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 16 for the Lakers, who have won backto-back games after losing nine straight.
Brandon Ingram scored 15 points, and Lonzo Ball had 11 rebounds, 11 assists and five steals despite scoring only five points on 2-of-10 shooting.
Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 19 points for Sacramento, which has lost seven of its last nine games.
De’Aaron Fox tallied 15 points and Buddy Hield had 13 for the Kings, who shot just 34.5 percent from the field and committed 16 turnovers.
The Lakers (13-27) committed 26 turnovers but won with their defense by holding the Kings to 12 fourthquarter points on 5-of-22 shooting.
Los Angeles made 48.1 percent of its field-goal attempts.
The consecutive wins are the first for Los Angeles since Dec. 7-9.
The Kings (13-27) began the third quarter with a 12-3 run, taking a 64-56 advantage on Vince Carter’s 3-pointer with 9:15 left.
Los Angeles answered with nine consecutive points to regain the lead, and later scored 12 in a row to take an 82-69 advantage on a dunk by Larry Nance Jr. with 2:21 left.
The Lakers held an 84-74 lead entering the final quarter before Sacramento pulled within five on a 3-pointer by Hield with 9:16 to play.
Los Angeles responded with an 11-3 burst and took a