Clippers get to .500 with win over lowly Kings
LOS ANGELES — Lou Williams scored 26 points and the injury-depleted Los Angeles Clippers beat the Sacramento Kings 126-105 on Saturday to get to .500 at the season’s halfway mark.
Willie Reed added 14 points and 13 rebounds starting in place of DeAndre Jordan, who has a sprained left ankle. Blake Griffin had 11 points and nine assists as one of eight Clippers in double figures.
Their second game in three days against the last-place Kings was just what the doctor ordered for the Clippers.
Besides Jordan, they were without Austin Rivers and Danilo Gallinari. Patrick Beverley had season-ending knee surgery while C.J. Wilson is out indefinitely.
After the Kings scored the game’s first four points, it was all Clippers. They shot 55 per cent in building a 21-point lead in the first half, and were up 64-45 at the break.
Willie Cauley-Stein had 23 points and 13 rebounds for the Kings in their fourth straight loss. De’Aaron Fox added 17 points and 10 assists.
The Kings picked up their scoring in the third, losing the quarter 28-23, but they still trailed 91-68 going into the fourth.
Reed and Griffin rested in the fourth, when the Clippers were outscored 37-35.
Los Angeles shot 56 per cent from the floor for the game and outscored the Kings 60-50 in the paint.
Kings: They’ve lost five in a row to the Clippers and eight of the last nine. … The Kings lost 121-115 when the teams played Thursday.
Clippers: Coach Doc Rivers said he didn’t think Jordan will be out long, but added, “I can’t guarantee it.” … …read more