Most teams would be reeling after losing four games in a row to fall below .500 for the first time in five weeks, but somehow, it still feels like the Kings are on the rise as they enter another pivotal portion of their schedule.,The Kings fought the two-time defending-champion Golden State Warriors to the end for the third time this season before falling 127-123 in a wildly entertaining game Saturday night at Golden 1 Center.,Sacramento’s last three losses came against three of the top seven teams in the Western Conference.,That stretch included eight games against teams currently in the top eight, including two against the Warriors, two against the Los Angeles Lakers and one against the Trail Blazers, Nuggets, Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Clippers.,The Kings will play their next eight games against six teams with a combined record of 137-168, five of them against an opponent on the second night of a back-to-back.

Gortat had not played in the fourth quarter in the first 36 games of the season until the calendar turned, and he responded with his first double-double of the season when the Clippers extended their dominance of the Phoenix Suns with a 121-111 victory Friday night.,Danilo Gallinari and Lou Williams scored 21 points apiece and four other Clippers finished in double figures as they won their third straight against the Suns this season and their 11th straight in the series.,Suns center Deandre Ayton had four points, tying a season low set in the first game against the Clippers on Nov. 28.,They entered the game averaging a league-high 52.4 Williams and Harrell have not started a game this season, and Beverley flip-flopped with Avery Bradley on Nov. 20.,All average at least 25 minutes a game, and Williams (18.2) and Harrell (15.7) are the Clippers' third- and fourth-leading scorers.

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That was the dumbest move that the Dodgers have made since dumping Roberto Clemente.Jonathan GoldsteinLa JollaHow low can the Bruins go?I have an idea for future sponsors for the UCLA basketball team.,I suggest Charmin or Pillsbury because their team is as soft as toilet paper and the Pillsbury Dough Boy.Richard KatzLos Angeles::While watching a UCLA basketball team full of elite talent lose at home to Belmont last Saturday, it occurred to me that elite coaches have a special quality that is lacking in Steve Alford.,Neither Alford nor Guererro seems to have the resources to wake up the team.Pauley was empty against a unknown Belmont team that stole a win with the back door wide open.,Knowing how much I learn in a two-hour Walton basketball broadcast, I can only image the breadth of knowledge that will come from a four-hour Academy Awards show.Jeff BlackLos AngelesOld schoolFor anyone who is student of the game, it is useful to recall that when the Dodgers swept the Yankees in the World Series of 1963, they used the exact same lineup each and every game.,But no worries, because irrespective of what they decide, two-thirds of the L.A. fan base will never be able to see the results.Bill WaxmanSimi ValleyFine whinesOne "fan" would not have a parade for the Chargers in Los Angeles if they won the Super Bowl.Others heap scorn and abuse on a Dodgers team that has made the World Series two years in a row.I've been following sports since the Dodgers were in Brooklyn, and I can't recall a bigger bunch of spoiled brats and whiners than some of those who appear on your letters page each week.Steve MehlmanBeaumontTrojan troubleIt seems that Lynn Swann is urgently trying to justify his retention of Clay Helton by doing some recruiting.

LeBron made ‘right decision’ to join Lakers LeBron James hit 24 points last night as the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 114-110 to register their fifth win of the season.,“LeBron James, now in game 11 for the Lakers, made the right choice,” Cowherd said on The Herd.,“The young players hitting threes last night, Tyson Chandler was introduced and proved key down the stretch… “LeBron made the right choice.,Steve Kerr raises eyebrows with LeBron comparison Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr compared college star Zion Williamson to James.,Franchises release new ‘City Edition’ kits Teams across the NBA have been releasing their City Edition kits for the 2018/19 season.