A Wesley Johnson tip-in with a minute left cut the Lakers' double-digit deficit to three points, 105-102. The Lakers got a vital stop, but Kent Bazemore missed an driving layup that stalled the Lakers’ comeback.
Now with a record of 25-50, the Laker's loss was an important one in the NBA draft lottery standings, as the seventh-worst Kings improved to 27-48, two wins ahead of the Lakers, who have seven left to play.
The Sacramento victory should lock the Lakers into no lower than the sixth position in the lottery.
Sacramento also got a double-double from DeMarcus Cousins with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Ben McLemore scored 12 and Travis Outlaw 11. Jason Thompson grabbed 11 rebounds while scoring just two points off the bench.
The Lakers shot 38.5% from the field but 12 three-pointers on 28 attempts (42.9%) helped the team stay close. Sacramento shot 48.8% from the field, making five from behind the arc in 15 tries (33.3%).
Nick Young converted his seventh four-point play of the season, adding to his Lakers' franchise record.
Ray McCallum has 24 points and five assists, helping the Kings push ahead by 11 points to enter the fourth quarter.
Rudy Gay was right behind him with 22 for Sacramento, which is shooting 51.4% from the field against the depleted Lakers, playing short-handed on the second night of back-to-back games.
Nick Young has contributed 12 points off the bench for the Lakers, who are shooting only 38.6% from the field.
The Kings pulled ahead by as many as 12 points in the second quarter before the Lakers closed the gap to eight by halftime.
Ray McCallum has been a force offensively, with 17 points on 8-of-13 shooting and four assists, for Sacramento, which is shooting 53.2% from the field. Rudy Gay has 15 points and Ben McLemore 12 for the Kings.