LOS ANGELES (AP) — Being .500 is hardly a group’s aim, though with the sort of damage-wracked season the Clippers are having, it’s considerably of an accomplishment.
Lou Williams scored 26 factors within the Clippers’ 126-one hundred and five win over the Sacramento Kings on Saturday, giving Los Angeles a 21-21 mark on the season’s midpoint.
“With all the blokes which might be out, we’re simply making an attempt to carry the fort,” coach Doc Rivers stated.
Willie Reed added 14 factors and thirteen rebounds making his first begin of the season instead of DeAndre Jordan, who has a sprained left ankle. Blake Griffin had eleven factors and 9 assists as certainly one of eight Clippers in double figures.
“Everybody can step up, it doesn’t matter who it’s,” Reed stated. “I simply attempt to be prepared when the chance presents itself.”
Their second recreation in three days towards the final-place Kings was simply what the physician ordered for the Clippers.
Apart from Jordan, they have been with out Austin Rivers and Danilo Gallinari. Patrick Beverley had season-ending knee surgical procedure whereas C.J. Wilson is out indefinitely.
After the Kings scored the sport’s first 4 factors, it was all Clippers. They shot fifty five % in constructing a 21-level lead within the first half, and have been up sixty four-forty five on the break.
Willie Cauley-Stein had 23 factors and thirteen rebounds for the Kings of their fourth straight loss. De’Aaron Fox added 17 factors and 10 assists.
“Typically when a staff comes out and shoots the ball like the best way they have been doing, it’s type of troublesome to convey that power,” Fox stated, “particularly once we assume we’re enjoying good protection after which Lou hits the off-stability shot, however that’s what he does.”
The Kings picked up their scoring within the third, dropping the quarter 28-23, however they nonetheless trailed ninety one-sixty eight going into the fourth.
Reed and Griffin rested within the fourth, when the Clippers have been outscored 37-35.
Los Angeles shot fifty six % from the ground for the sport and outscored the Kings 60-50 within the paint.
Kings: They’ve misplaced 5 in a row to the Clippers and eight of the final 9. … The Kings misplaced 121-one hundred fifteen when the groups performed Thursday.
Clippers: Doc Rivers stated he didn’t assume Jordan will probably be out lengthy, however added, “I can’t assure it.” … Williams has scored 20 or extra factors off the bench in 9 straight video games, shifting forward of New Orleans’ Jrue Vacation for the longest such streak amongst lively gamers. … Jordan’s subsequent recreation will tie him with Randy Smith for many performed in franchise historical past at 715. … Jordan is already the primary participant in franchise historical past to be with the group for 10 seasons.
The Kings fell to thirteen-29 and 6-sixteen on the street, and misplaced all 4 of their video games towards the Clippers this season.
“Like, sufficient is sufficient,” Cauley-Stein stated. “Coach (Dave Joerger) is at that time the place he’s not going to play you should you’re not doing the appropriate factor, and that’s the way it ought to be. Type of like a university staff. Should you’re not doing the job proper, subsequent man up and…