LAS VEGAS (AP) - Andrew Bynum scored 20 of his 24 points in the first half to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 98-92 preseason victory over the Sacramento Kings on Thursday night.
Kobe Bryant had 18 points, four rebounds, four assists and four steals for the Lakers (2-1). Bryant was 6 of 16 from the field for Los Angeles, which led 85-63 in the third quarter only to see the Kings close within 95-92 with 1:48 left in the game.
Bynum, who scored a field goal on the Lakers' next trip for a seven-point lead, finished 7 of 13 from the field and 10 of 12 from the free-throw line. He scored 16 points in the first quarter on 5-of-8 shooting and is averaging 22.5 points in the preseason.
Jason Thompson led Sacramento (0-3) with 19 points and 14 rebounds. Spencer Hawes added 18 points and nine rebounds for the
Kings, whose other losses were to Portland. Tyreke Evans and Andres
Nocioni each added 13 points.
Pau Gasol of the Lakers made the trip, but didn't dress. He felt a twinge in his sore hamstring and did not practice Wednesday.
After the Lakers took a 22-point lead and benched their starters, the Kings went on a 17-2 run.
Los Angeles was coming off a disappointing 110-91 loss to Golden
State on Saturday in Inglewood, Calif. There was a team meeting after that game.
There were 12 lead changes and eight ties in the first quarter before the Lakers took the lead for good at 23-22 with a minute left on two free throws by Bynum. The Lakers made all 12 free throws in the first quarter.