The Kings were playing their second of a back-to-back and their fourth game in five nights and fell short 98-95 against a Lakers team that had lost three straight.
Nik Stauskas’s 3-point attempt was short at the buzzer and the Lakers clung to the victory.
Rudy Gay’s 3-point attempt with 19.9 seconds remaining with the Kings trailing 96-95 bounced out and Kobe Bryant’s two free throws iced the victory.
Sacramento (11-11) took an 81-78 lead into the fourth quarter and Jordan Hill’s putback gave the Lakers (6-16) a 94-93 lead at the 1:39 mark.
The teams then traded the lead as Darren Collison hit a reverse layup and Bryant drained two free throws setting the stage for Gay’s 3-point attempt.
The Kings led 29-20 with 34.5 seconds to go in the first quarter, but the Lakers went on an 11-0 run to take the lead at 31-29 at the 9:35 mark of the second quarter. The run featured six points from Young and started with Young’s 4-point play.
The Kings responded with a 26-15 run to head to the halftime break up 55-46. McLemore contributed eight points in the run and led Sacramento with 13 first half points while Bryant led the Lakers with 11 points.
Sacramento held the Lakers to 37 percent shooting from the field including 1-for-8 from downtown in the first half.
The Lakers bounced back going on a 27-18 run to start the third quarter to tie the score at 73 on a Young jump shot at the 3:45 mark.
Sacramento outscored Los Angeles 8-5 over the balance of the third quarter to enter the final quarter with an 81-78 lead.
Bryant powered the Lakers' comeback scoring 12 points in the third quarter.
Bryant’s 32 points led the Lakers.
Collison’s 26 points led the Kings and Gay contributed 23 points in defeat.
The Kings uncharacteristically missed 13 free throws, but were 7-for-15 from 3-point range.
It was the seventh game for Sacramento without DeMarcus Cousins and the Kings are now 2-5 without their starting center.
Kobe was Kobe and scored 32 points on 11-of-27 from the field.
The Lakers outscored the Kings 20-14 in a sluggish fourth quarter to secure the win.
Kings – C DeMarcus Cousins (viral infection) was out.
Lakers – G Xavier Henry (ruptured left Achilles tendon), F Ryan Kelly (torn right hamstring), G Steve Nash (sciatic pain) and F Julius Randle (tibia fracture, right leg) are out.
The Kings return home for another five-game home stand beginning with the Rockets on Thursday and the Pistons on Saturday.