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Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 16 points (on 6/10 shooting), grabbed three rebounds, and tallied a steal in the Los Angeles Lakers’ 99-97 home victory over the Sacramento Kings on Friday night. LeBron James was asked about Caldwell-Pope and the criticism he has been facing this year:

This season, Caldwell-Pope is averaging 6.2 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 1.3 assists, while shooting at 39% from the field and 29.6% from three.

KCP after the game:

Dwight Howard’s support for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope:

The Lakers are 1st in the Pacific Division with a 10-2 record.