Dwight Howard watched the game in his preppy street clothes from the bench. Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Steve Nash joined him for the fourth quarter.
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The Los Angeles Lakers, expected to challenge the Miami Heat for the NBA title, fell to 0-5 in the preseason with a 103-98 loss to the Sacramento Kings (3-1) on Friday night before a near sellout crowd at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Bryant scored 22 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 29 minutes of action but despite pleas from the crowd to put him back in the game he watched the final minutes with the rest of the Lakers starters from the bench
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Gasol scored 20 points and 6 rebounds while Nash had 8 points and 6 assists in 28 minutes for the Lakers. Forward Devin Ebanks added 20 points, including 4 of 5 3-pointers, to make it close down the stretch.
Sacramento was led by guard Marcus Thornton’s 19 points while DeMarcus Cousins had 18 points and 10 rebounds.
The Lakers, who trailed 81-75 entering the fourth quarter, got as close as 81-79 with 9:52 left. But the Kings, thanks to a pair of 3-pointers by former BYU star Jimmer Fredette that keyed a 12-6 run, held on for the win.