NBA Game Summary - LA Clippers at Sacramento
(Tuesday, December 30th)
Final Score: Sacramento 92, LA Clippers 90
Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) - Kevin Martin returned from a 10-game absence due to a sore left ankle to collect a team-high 20 points and five rebounds, as the Sacramento Kings blew a big early lead but held on to clip the Los Angeles Clippers, 92-90, at ARCO Arena.
Brad Miller scored 15 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for the Kings, who snapped a six-game losing streak. John Salmons also chipped in 15 points and Beno Udrih added 13.
Eric Gordon paced the Clippers with a game-best 24 points, while Marcus Camby pulled down 24 rebounds to go along with 15 points. Paul Davis contributed 18 points, five boards and three steals for Los Angeles, which has dropped five of its last six contests.
Sacramento held a 27-12 lead after the opening 12 minutes, but the Clippers rallied in the second quarter and a Gordon three-pointer cut the deficit to 33-27 with about 7 1/2 minutes remaining. A slam by Mikki Moore restored a double-digit cushion for the Kings at 41-30 and Udrih hit a layup to push the margin to 49-34.
However, the Clippers finished the frame on a 7-0 surge and scored six straight points at the beginning of the third quarter to pull within 49-47 before an Al Thornton dunk gave LA a 58-56 lead with just under seven minutes remaining.
The clubs continued to trade baskets and LA entered the fourth quarter in possession of a slim 72-71 lead. The contest remained tight throughout the stanza and a jam by Jason Thompson put Sacramento ahead 90-88 with about 4 1/2 minutes to play.
After Baron Davis made a pair from the foul line with three minutes left on the clock, neither team could buy a basket. Miller eventually sank two free throws with 45.7 seconds remaining and Davis' 19-foot jumper in the dying seconds was off the mark.
Thompson had 10 points and 10 boards in the win...Moore registered nine caroms...Davis finished with 11 points, five rebounds and four assists...LA shot 35.7 percent from the field, although the Kings didn't fare much better, connecting at a 38.1 percent clip...Sacramento held a 52-46 edge on the glass.
12/31 02:08:40 ET