Clippers take fourth straight from Kings as Sacramento falls apart late
Tangled 'til the end
SACRAMENTO -- Different LA team, same result. After dropping Tuesday’s game to the Lakers, the Sacramento Kings couldn’t slow the red hot Clippers Thursday night at Golden 1 Center, falling by a final of 121-115.
The Kings made it a game late, taking the lead on multiple occasions. But with the team trailing by three with under 15 seconds remaining, a costly turnover gave the Clippers a breakaway dunk and the space they needed to finish the game.
Six of the nine players that took the floor for Sacramento scored in double-figures, but it wasn’t enough to come away with the win.
The tandem of Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell ate the Kings alive. Coming off a 50 point game the night before, Williams went for 30 points on 10-for-24 shooting, including five makes from behind the arc. Harrell hit the Kings for 25 points on 11-of-12 from the floor. His energy and athleticism gave Sacramento fits.
STANDOUT PERFORMER II
Rookie Bogdanovic went for a career-best 22 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field and 4-of-6 from long range. He’s developing into a big moment player for the Kings.
STANDOUT PERFORMER III
George Hill was having a quiet night until he took a shot below the belt in the third quarter. From that moment on, the veteran attacked the Clippers and looked like the Hill of old. He finished the game with 21 points, three assists and two steals in the loss.
Kosta Koufos picked up a steal with under 15 seconds remaining, which gave Sacramento a shot. But he gave it back on an errant pass seconds later and the Clippers finished it with a dunk to seal the deal. The Kings big man dropped in a 14-point, 14-rebound double-double, but the turnover hurt.
DeAndre Jordan finished off a bigtime dunk in the second quarter and rolled his ankle on the way down. The veteran big did not return to the game. George Hill returned after missing the precios three games after the birth of his daughter. Frank Mason III is out 4-6 weeks with a partial tear of the right plantar fascia. Harry Giles is out due to bilateral knee rehab and the team has yet to update his status moving forward.
The Kings hop a plane back to LA where they’ll face this same Clippers team Saturday for a matinee game at Staples. They’ll fly out to Oklahoma for a matchup against the Thunder on Monday evening and then host the Utah Jazz Wednesday at Golden 1 Center.