Three former Kentucky Wildcats lead Kings to 132-114 win over Lakers

Kings guard Rajon Rondo, left, talks with center DeMarcus Cousins (15) and center Willie Cauley-Stein during their preseason game on Oct. 8 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento. Hector Amezcua
Kings guard Rajon Rondo, left, talks with center DeMarcus Cousins (15) and center Willie Cauley-Stein during their preseason game on Oct. 8 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento. Hector Amezcua
Kings guard Rajon Rondo, left, talks with center DeMarcus Cousins (15) and center Willie Cauley-Stein during their preseason game on Oct. 8 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento. Hector Amezcua

Critics have been doubting that Rajon Rondo can ever become an elite player again. The veteran point guard, now with the Sacramento Kings, proved Friday night he still has some game.

Rondo had 21 points and eight assists and DeMarcus Cousins had 21 points and 11 rebounds as the Kings beat the Los Angeles Lakers 132-114.

Running frequently behind the leadership of Rondo and benefiting from Lakers turnovers, the Kings had a 24-point lead at halftime and continued to pad it in the third quarter in evening their record at 1-1.

“That was the Rondo of old,” teammate Omri Casspi said.

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