Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E Sports) – Blake Griffin had 27 points and nine assists to lead the Los Angeles Clippers in clinically dismantling the Sacramento Kings, 117-101 Saturday at the Staples Center.
DeAndre Jordan had 21 points and nine rebounds, and Chris Paul added 17 points and 10 assists in helping the Clippers to its franchise record-tying 56th win of the regular season.
It was back-and-forth early on until free throws by Matt Barnes gave the Clippers the lead for the rest of the first quarter, which ended at 27-26.
A 15-foot jumper from Travis Outlaw triggered a 7-2 Kings run as they took a 33-29 at 10:07 of the second.
Jared Dudley’s 3-pointer and Hedo Turkoglo’s jumper gave the Clippers the lead at 9:00 of the quarter, which they kept for good.
Cousins and Ben McLemore combined to score 24 of the Kings’ 32 points in the third quarter but the Kings still trailed 85-79 going into the fourth.
A three-point play by Cousins got the Kings trailing by just two points with 8:55 left in the fourth.
The Clippers answered with a 12-2 run capped by Jamal Crawford’s back-to-back 3-pointers to go up 103-91.
DeMarcus Cousins had his seventh straight double-double with 32 points and 12 rebounds, Reggie Evans had 14 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Kings.