Kings suffer holiday hangover, blown out by Clippers
Kings falls apart
Ugly in LA. The Sacramento Kings looked like they had a holiday hangover Tuesday evening at the Staples Center and the Clipper made them pay. After a competitive start to the game, Los Angeles pounded the Kings for a 122-95 post-Christmas victory.
The game turned in the second quarter when Sacramento gave up 41 points to the hot shooting Clippers. Willie Cauley-Stein played well, but he was one of the few Kings players to perform as Sacramento dropped to 11-22 on the season.
STANDOUT PERFORMER I
Jamil Wilson lit the Kings up. In just his 15th NBA game, the undrafted 27-year-old out of Marquette dropped a career-high 17 points on 5-of-7 shooting from behind the arc in 18 minutes of action. Sacramento left him open and the unknown forward made them pay.
STANDOUT PERFORMER II
Willie Cauley-Stein ran the floor hard and finished above the rim. He sat out the second quarter when things got out of hand, which limited his overall impact. He finished the 17 points on 8-for-10 shooting and added seven rebounds, three assists and four steals in the loss.
Dave Joerger turned to the young group of Bogdan Bogdanovic, Malachi Richardson, Justin Jackson and Frank Mason, along with veteran Kosta Koufos in the second quarter and the Clippers took advantage. After a 30-30 first quarter score, the Kings were outscored 41-23 in quarter number two and trailed by 18 at the half. Game over.
De’Aaron Fox is sidelined for the next two weeks with a slight tear of the right quadricep muscle. Harry Giles is out until January at the earliest due to bilateral knee rehab.
The Kings board a plane for Sacramento following the game where they’ll kick off a six game homestand against the Cleveland Cavaliers Wednesday at Golden 1 Center. Over the next two weeks, the Suns, Grizzlies, Hornets, Nuggets and Spurs roll through town.