Final Score: LA Clippers 110, Sacramento 101
Sacramento, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Chris Paul scored 26 points and dished
out 10 assists as the Los Angeles Clippers held off the Sacramento Kings,
110-101, Friday night.
Paul drained the go-ahead 3-point shot midway through the final quarter, and
Blake Griffin contributed 20 points, 17 rebounds and six assists.
Jamal Crawford ended with 18 points for the Clippers, who have won five of
their last seven in Sacramento.
"It was a track meet. It was physical too," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said.
Isaiah Thomas had 29 points and DeMarcus Cousins netted 24 points and 10
boards for the Kings, who were coming off a season-opening win over the
"Any time we play a division rival it's going to be a hotly-contested game. We
just have to have great mental toughness," Kings coach Michael Malone said.
A dunk from Jason Thompson put the Kings up 92-90 with 6:43 remaining, but
then came Paul's 3-ball, which put LA ahead for good.
The Clippers went 16-of-17 from the foul line in the final quarter. Griffin
and Paul combined to make all 17 of their attempts from the charity stripe in
Because of the accuracy at the line, the Kings were never closer than five
points in the final minute.
Crawford drained a jumper early in the second to open a 33-22 lead for the
visitors. LA was up, 54-45 at halftime.
The advantage grew to 15 early in the third, but the Kings closed within 79-77
going to the fourth. Travis Outlaw tipped in Cousins' miss from the left
baseline at the buzzer.
Crawford went 3-of-5 from 3-point range. He has 1,544 made threes in his
career, which is in 16th place all-time. He moved ahead of Tim Hardaway
(1,542). Eddie Jones (1,546) is in 15th place ... The Clippers made half of
their 24 3-point shots.
11/02 01:12:33 ET
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