LOS ANGELES -- Forward Xavier Henry came off the bench to score 21 points, guiding the Los Angeles Lakers to a 100-86 victory over the Sacramento Kings before a sellout crowd of 18,997 at Staples Center on Sunday.
Henry hit seven of his 11 shots from the floor in only 20 minutes of play.
Lakers forward Pau Gasol scored 14 of his 20 points in the first half and grabbed 10 rebounds. Point guard Steve Blake added nine points and 12 assists. Guard Jodie Meeks had 14 points, while forward Jordan Hill added 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Point guard Greivis Vasquez led Sacramento with 20 points and seven assists. Center DeMarcus Cousins had 17 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Rookie guard Ben McLemore finished with 15 points.
The Lakers (7-7) won their third in a row -- a first this season -- and sent the Kings (4-9) reeling to their second loss in as many days and their fourth in the last six games.
The Lakers led by as much as 13 in the first half before settling for a 55-48 lead at the half. But the Kings' ineffective offense cost them in the second half as the Lakers buried them.
Sacramento managed just 25 percent shooting (5-for-20) in the third quarter compared to 40.9 percent (9-for-22) for the Lakers. Though the Lakers didn't dominate offensively in the quarter, they took advantage of a poor stretch by Sacramento.
The Kings closed to within 63-61 with 4:33 left in the third after a layup by forward Luc Mbah a Moute, but failed to score again for the rest of the quarter. The Lakers closed with a 10-0 spurt for a 73-61 advantage heading into the fourth.
Los Angeles maintained its distance in the fourth quarter as Sacramento never made a run dent in its double-digit lead.
The Kings, who dropped a 102-101 decision to the Clippers on Saturday, have lost 10 of their last 11 games at Staples.
NOTES: Kings C DeMarcus Cousins was the only NBA player to lead a club in scoring, rebounding, steals and blocks entering the game, averaging 21.7 points, 10.7 rebounds, 1.75 steals and 1.25 blocks. ... Lakers PF Chris Kaman missed his second consecutive game with a sore back. ... Sacramento PG Isaiah Thomas, the league leader in points off the bench at 18.7 points per game, had 12 straight double-digit scoring performances heading into Sunday. ... The Lakers recalled reserve PF Elias Harris and SF Ryan Kelly from the D-League on Saturday. ... The Lakers embark on a three-game road trip at Washington on Tuesday, Brooklyn on Wednesday and Detroit on Friday. ... After four days off, the Kings begin a four-game homestand Friday against the Los Angeles Clippers. They host the Golden State Warriors on Dec. 1, the Oklahoma City Thunder on Dec. 3 and the Lakers on Dec. 6.