WATCH: Dramatic late buzzer-beater seals defeat for Lakers in the NBA

WATCH: Dramatic late buzzer-beater seals defeat for Lakers in the NBA

WATCH: Dramatic late buzzer-beater seals defeat for Lakers in the NBA

For the first time this season, the Los Angeles Lakers lined up for an NBA game without LeBron James in the lineup when they face the Sacramento Kings on Thursday.

James was nursing an injury picked up on Christmas day against the Golden State Warriors, as the Lakers picked up an emphatic 26-point victory over the reigning NBA Champions, who beat James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in last year’s Finals.

In his absence of LeBron, as well as Rajon Rondo and Javale McGee, it left the young core of Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo Ball to step up and the trio did so effectively, scoring a combined 75 points.

However, it still wasn’t enough to seal the win over the Kings, as the Lakers dropped to 20-15 on the year after a narrow 116-115 loss in California. The loss came in dramatic circumstances, as Kings forward Bogdan Bogdanovic hit a buzzer beater down three to seal the win.

Watch below as the Kings’ improved fortunes this season continued with a huge late shot to win the game.