Smart: Lakers vs Kings No Preseason Game
Just because preseason games don’t count in the standings doesn’t make the outcome completely irrelevant.
And Sunday night, the Kings faced a championship contender that was taking the game seriously, too.
The biggest name to change teams in the offseason – All-Star center Dwight Howard – made his debut for the Lakers at Staples Center.
The Kings decided not to be admirers of the Lakers’ new lineup. And by the end of the night, a preseason game had the look and feel of the regular season in a 99-92 Kings win.
“You look in the building, this was not a preseason game,” Kings coach Keith Smart said. “You had guys (for the Lakers) trying to get a win here and that didn’t happen. But our guys made that not happen because they made the right plays at the right time for our team.”