Kings fall further from final playoff spot in loss to Lakers

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kyle Kuzma scored 21 of his 29 points in the third quarter, LeBron James had 29 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists and the Los Angeles Lakers ended a five-game losing streak with a 111-106 win over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night.

JaVale McGee had 17 points and 14 rebounds to help the Lakers win for the third time in their past 15 games.

Marvin Bagley III had 25 points and 11 rebounds off the bench for the Kings, who have lost four straight on the road.

Kuzma was 7 for 8 from the field in the third quarter, making four of his five 3-point attempts. It was the fourth time this season Kuzma scored at least 20 points in a quarter, giving the Lakers an 87-77 lead after three quarters.

The Lakers started the third quarter on a 14-0 run with Kuzma completing a three-point play and James knocking down two 3-pointers, his second giving Los Angeles a 62-49 lead.

Sacramento pulled within 106-104 with 17 seconds left in the fourth quarter when Bogdan Bogdanovic hit a 3, but James hit four free throws down the stretch.

TIP-INS

Kings: Sacramento outscored Los Angeles 51-17 in bench points. However, Bagley, Bogdanovic and Yogi Ferrell were the only Kings reserves to score. Bogdanovic had 17 points, and Ferrell scored nine. ... F Harry Giles III missed his second straight game because of a thigh contusion. Coach Dave Joerger was hopeful Giles would be available at Dallas on Tuesday.

Lakers: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 16 points while starting in place of Reggie Bullock. Bullock did not play because of plantar fasciitis. ... Los Angeles had a 31-20 edge in fast-break points. ... Coach Luke Walton expects an update on F Josh Hart (knee) this week. Hart missed his second straight game.

UP NEXT

Kings: Visit Dallas on Tuesday.

Lakers: Host Washington on Tuesday.