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                === Clippers welcome Kings to Staples Center ===
 (  - The  Los Angeles  Clippers are  back home  and hope  to
 rebound  from a  recent loss Saturday afternoon versus the Sacramento Kings at
 Staples Center.
 The  Clippers split  their two road games against Minnesota and Oklahoma City,
 and  suffered a 105-91 loss to Kevin Durant and the Thunder on Thursday. Blake
 Griffin  led the way with 27 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, while Chris
 Paul had his usual double-double with 17 points and 12 assists.
 Jamal  Crawford added  18 points off the  bench for Los Angeles, which had won
 five  of  six games before running  into the Thunder  and was coming off a win
 over the Timberwolves the night before.
 "The  way we played the last couple games with the ball movement and all that,
 that  was  all gone," Clippers  coach Doc Rivers said  after the OKC loss. "We
 never established any pace. We walked the ball up the floor.
 "It  may have something  to do with last night's game, too. I don't know that.
 (But) it was disappointing."
 Clippers  forward Matt Barnes will undergo surgery to repair a retinal tear in
 his left eye and will be out approximately two weeks.
 Paul has a double-double in each of his first 13 games this season, matching a
 career-best  dating back to  April 17. The 13 games with 10-plus points and 10
 or more assists to start a season is an NBA record.
 Griffin has 20-plus points and 10-plus rebounds in 10 of his last 12 games for
 the  Clippers, who  are 5-1 at home  and 4-1 against the Western Conference as
 the  host. The Clips are second in the NBA with 107.3 points per game, but sit
 near the bottom in opponents' scoring at 105.1 ppg.
 Los Angeles will also welcome Chicago and New York to Hollywood.
 Sacramento  is averaging just 96.1 ppg, but has eclipsed the 100-point mark in
 each of the last two games -- both wins over the Phoenix Suns.
 The  Kings completed  the home-and-home  sweep  of the  Suns with  Wednesday's
 113-106  triumph  thanks to Isaiah Thomas's  23 points off the bench. DeMarcus
 Cousins  compiled 19 points with 12 rebounds and Greivis Vasquez chipped in 13
 points  and  six assists for Sacramento,  which outscored the Suns at the free
 throw line 32-15 and held them to 12 points in the third quarter.
 "We  played great defense in the third quarter," Cousins said. "(We) gave up a
 lot  in  the fourth  but stayed  poised and  composed and  we finished out the
 fourth quarter strong."
 Phoenix managed to have a 44-39 scoring edge in the final frame.
 Thomas  has  scored 10 or more  points in 11  straight games off the bench and
 helped  the  Kings build  an 88-68 lead.  The Suns, though,  closed the gap to
 102-96 and couldn't get over the hump.
 Sacramento  is 1-2  on the  road and  will also  visit the  Lakers. The  Kings
 dropped  a 110-101  decision at home to  the Clippers on Nov. 1, as Paul ended
 with  26  points and 10  assists. Thomas had 29  points and Cousins tallied 24
 points  and 10 boards  for the Kings, who have lost 10 of the past 12 meetings
 with the Clippers.
 Sacramento  has  lost five  straight, seven of  eight and nine  of its last 11
 games at the Clippers.
 11/23 10:40:42 ET