The game shifted from the Thomas & Mack Center to the MGM Grand Arena, hosting its first NBA game.
After Kings coach Michael Malone stated that the starting line-up would be different every game, Jimmer Fredette, Patrick Patterson and Travis Outlaw were inserted into the starting line-up with returning starters DeMarcus Cousins and Isaiah Thomas.
Without their superstar, Kobe Bryant, the Lakers’ frontline of Pau Gasol and Chris Kaman combined for 14 points in the first quarter but the Kings held a six-point lead at the end.
The Kings turned the ball over three times in the final 81 seconds of the first half a Lakers took a 50-48 after scoring seven unanswered points.
While Lakers' point guard Steve Nash sat the second half with a sore left ankle, Outlaw put his start to good use and drained three-straight three-point shots to set the tone for the second half.
While Los Angeles continued to miss 15 consecutive shots through the third and fourth quarter, Sacramento made seven-straight shots to start the final period. The Kings ran away with a 104-86 Kings victory.
DeMarcus Cousins had 16 points and a game-high 12 rebounds for the Kings and Isaiah Thomas finished with 10 points and nine assists. Outlaw finished with a team-high 18 points and rookie Ben McLemore came off the bench for 12 points and five rebounds.
The Kings (1-1) won by 18 points but Malone will expect more from the team. “We had a couple of stretches where it wasn’t where it needed to be,” he said in a postgame interview. “It’s a constant work-in-progress, by no means that we’re anywhere near where we need to be.”
After getting benched in the first game, Fredette scored all of his seven points in the first quarter and also had three assists and two steals. He was also given the opportunity to play both guard positions.
“It felt good,” he said. “I was able to play a little bit of point (guard) for a couple minutes, run the team a little bit, do some good things, some good passes.
"All in all, I think that we played well, I think that I played well and ultimately, we got a win.”
The Kings will come home to play their first home game of the preseason against the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday.
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