Instant Analysis: Kings rally late to tie it, but Clippers win in final seconds
KINGS CRUMBLE AFTER HALFTIME
SACRAMENTO -- Let up and let down. Despite the late game heroics of Buddy Hield, the Sacramento Kings couldn’t get the stop when they needed it and they came up short on a last second shot to fall to the Los Angeles Clippers by a final of 97-95.
Hield caught fire late, hitting 7-of-9 from long range for 27 points and Zach Randolph added 17 points and seven rebounds, but it wasn’t enough.
The trio of Blake Griffin, Lou Williams and Austin Rivers were too much for the Kings to handle as Sacramento dropped to 5-14 on the season.
Griffin put on a show. The five-time All-Star pounded the Kings for 33 points, four rebounds and five assists in the win for Los Angeles. He’s not the explosive player he once was, but Griffin is still a quality stat stuffer for the Clippers.
STANDOUT PERFORMER II
Hield struggled early for Sacramento, but his seven triples and hustle plays helped keep the Kings alive late in game.
Riding the hot shooting of Williams, the Clippers used a 17-0 third quarter run to wipe out a huge Kings lead. Los Angeles outscored Sacramento 29-10 in the period to take a big lead into the fourth.
TURNING POINT II
Griffin dropped in a baseline jumper over Willie Cauley-Stein with 3.2 seconds remaining in the game to give the Clippers the two-point lead. Hield missed a lean in jumper as time expired, sending the Golden 1 Center crowd home disappointed.
Harry Giles is out until January at the earliest due to bilateral knee rehab.
The Kings drive 90 minutes down the road where they’ll face off with the Golden State Warriors Monday evening. They come home to play the Milwaukee Bucks on the second night of a back-to-back before heading back out on the road.