Without the four-time MVP, who saw his consecutive-games streak end at 156, the team slipped to a 117-116 defeat away to the Kings, despite leading by as many as 15 points in the fourth quarter.
Rondo, 32, is averaging 8.4 points and 6.7 assists in his first season with the Lakers. The teams will meet again in Los Angeles on Sunday.
The Lakers are already without LeBron James, who injured his groin against the Warriors. "If LeBron James is playing in that game it probably finishes a little differently". However, the Kings went on a insane run and tied the game at 112 when Kyle Kuzma fouled Kings forward Justin Jackson on a 3-point attempt.
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"I take a lot of pride in (staying healthy)", James said after the Warriors' game. "Hopefully, it is not a long thing and I can get back on the floor as soon as possible". Willie Cauley-Stein had 19 points and eight rebounds, while Iman Shumpert scored 18 points and matched his career high with six 3s. "We scrambled around and got loose balls and were able to get out in transition".
Sacramento swingman Bogdan Bogdanović then broke the hearts of Laker Nation when he hit a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer.
James grimaced and grabbed his left groin before leaving the game for good and heading to the Los Angeles locker room. James is expected to miss at least a few more games.