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                     === Paul leads Clippers over Kings ===
 Los Angeles, CA ( - Chris Paul split a pair of go-ahead free
 throws with 2.5 seconds left to lift the Los Angeles Clippers to a 103-102 win
 over the Sacramento Kings.
 Paul,  who  had 22 points,  nailed a  high-arching fadeaway 3-pointer from the
 right  corner with  the shot  clock  winding down  to  tie the  game at  98-98
 with  1:29  left and then  put the Clips  in front with  a layup on their next
 touch. He was fouled on the play, but missed the ensuing free throw.
 Isaiah  Thomas  sunk two foul shots  at the other  end to knot the tilt before
 Paul  split  two defenders with a  bounce pass from  the right elbow and hit a
 cutting Blake Griffin for a thunderous one-handed dunk with 44.4 ticks to go.
 Thomas  again  made two foul shots  to tie it  at 102-102 with 24.2 seconds on
 the clock. Paul then took the clock down before he was fouled.
 DeMarcus Cousins' shot at the buzzer from the left elbow came up well short.
 Paul  added nine  assists and six rebounds, while Jordan tallied 17 points and
 12 rebounds for the Clippers, who have won six of their last eight tilts.
 Cousins  had 23  points, 19 boards and seven assists for Sacramento, which had
 its  brief two-game  winning streak snapped. Thomas finished with 22 points in
 "Proud  of the effort we gave forth, it's disappointing we didn't pull it out,
 it  shouldn't  have come  down to  the last second,"  Kings head coach Michael
 Malone said.
 Los  Angeles built a 29-13 advantage after quarter of play and led 40-20 early
 in the second after Ryan Hollins threw down Darren Collison's alley-oop pass.
 "The  first quarter  that's the way we're  supposed to play defense. If we can
 play like that for the whole game we'll be ok," Jordan said.
 The  Kings countered  with a  14-4 run  and trailed,  57-48, heading  into the
 Patrick  Patterson capped  a 10-2  Sacramento swing  with a  reverse layup  to
 whittle  the gap to 66-64 midway through the third before he netted six points
 during  a 10-0 flurry  to put the Kings in front, 79-78, with 8:40 left in the
 final frame.
                                   Game Notes
 Griffin  had 16  points and 10 boards  ... The Clippers shot just 57.8 percent
 (26-of-45)  from  the foul line  ... Patterson  registered 21 points and seven
 rebounds ... Thomas was 11-of-13 from the foul line.
 11/23 20:20:18 ET