"When he's out, everyone steps their game up," Bibby said.
"We were a little more aggressive."
Cuttino Mobley added 23 points and 10 assists, Maurice Evans
scored 16, Kenny Thomas 15 and Corliss Williamson 11. Stojakovic
had 14 points before leaving for good with a strained left groin.
Coach Rick Adelman said he'll sit out Saturday's game at Phoenix.
The playoff-bound Kings won the season series 3-1 and also their
third in a row away from home.
"We're going to have to win on the road because that's where
we're going to start (the playoffs)," Adelman said. "We played
well the first half. We really got stagnant in the fourth and
didn't run our offense. There was too much 1-on-1, but we were good
enough to pull it out."
Six Lakers scored in double figures, led by Caron Butler with 34
points and Jumaine Jones with 17. Chris Mihm had 15 points in his
return after missing five games with a sprained right ankle. Devean
George added 12 points and Chucky Atkins had 10.
"I tried to be more aggressive and go into attack mode,"
Butler said. "The effort was there, but we're not into moral
victories right now because we want to win."
Luke Walton barely missed a triple-double with 10 points, 12
rebounds and nine assists starting in place of Bryant.
Bryant missed the game to be with his ailing wife, who had an
ectopic pregnancy in which a fertilized egg implants outside the
uterus. His status for the Lakers' final three games is uncertain.
"We definitely picked up our effort," Walton said. "We have
to play like that for 48 minutes if you want to win against good
The Lakers lost their third straight overall and fourth in a row
"We were short without Kobe," Butler said. "The chemistry is
coming, but it's a little too late."
Playing their first game in five days, the Kings led by 19
points early in the third quarter. The Lakers whittled their
deficit to 12 by the end of the period, helped by Jones, who scored
14 points on 6-of-7 shooting and two 3-pointers.
The Lakers got to 96-91 on two free throws by Butler with 9:12
remaining. But Bibby answered with six in a row to put the Kings
He gave the Lakers an opening by missing two free throws with
the Kings ahead 104-99. But Jones' 3-pointer from the top of the
key missed and Williamson completed a three-point play for a 107-99
Brian Grant got the Lakers within five by making the second of
two free throws before Bibby and Mobley scored consecutive baskets
for a 111-102 lead with less than a minute to go, driving the fans
from their seats.
Adelman earned his 707th career victory, tying him with
John MacLeod for 14th on the NBA's list. He ranks fourth in wins
among active coaches, behind Detroit's Larry Brown, Utah's Jerry
Sloan and Denver's George Karl. ... The Lakers placed G Tierre
Brown on the injured list with left knee tendinitis. ... Lakers F
Lamar Odom, on the injured list, said he'll have surgery early next
week to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder and won't be able
to shoot a basketball for a few months. ... New Los Angeles Sparks
coach Henry Bibby attended the game to see his son, Mike.