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NBA Game Summary - Sacramento at LA Clippers



(Saturday, February 20th)

Final Score: LA Clippers 99, Sacramento 89

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Eric Gordon scored a season-high 30 points, and the Clippers finally gave new head coach Kim Hughes a victory, 99-89 over the Sacramento Kings.

Chris Kaman had 22 points and 16 rebounds for the Clippers, who snapped a six- game skid and won for just the second time in the last 12 contests. Hughes had been 0-5 since taking over for Mike Dunleavy on February 4. Rasual Butler had 14 points, while Steve Blake contributed 11 points and 12 assists in just his second game in a Clipper uniform.

"I thought we played aggressive. Eric Gordon led us down the stretch," Hughes said. "I was pleased with our overall effort. I was not pleased with the 24 turnovers. I'm happy for the guys. They've been working hard."

Tyreke Evans totaled 21 points for the Kings, who have lost three straight and 21 of their last 25 games. Omri Casspi added 15 points and newcomer Carl Landry had 10 in defeat.

"We stopped guarding people in the second quarter and it got away from us," Kings coach Paul Westphal said. "We didn't have an answer for Gordon, Kaman and Butler all night. It's discouraging for us to be as flat as we were. Give the Clippers credit for shooting the ball well."

The game featured teams with rosters that were overhauled this week. On Thursday, at the trade deadline, the Clippers were involved in a three-team deal. They sent guard Sebastian Telfair to Cleveland and forward Al Thornton to Washington. Drew Gooden came to the Clippers, but he didn't play on Saturday.

The Kings dealt Kevin Martin to Houston on Thursday as part of the three-team transaction that sent Tracy McGrady to New York. The Kings obtained guard Larry Hughes from New York and forwards Landry and Joey Dorsey from Houston, and also got Dominic McGuire from Washington. Hughes and McGuire didn't play, and Dorsey was held scoreless in under two minutes.

Sacramento forced 24 turnovers, leading to 30 points, but the Kings were outrebounded 45-32 and couldn't contain the Clippers on the perimeter. Los Angeles finished 11-of-22 from beyond the arc, with Butler and Gordon each hitting four three-point shots.

The Kings held a 22-21 edge after one quarter, but Kaman and Gordon led a second-quarter charge for the home team as the Clippers gained a 60-45 lead at halftime.

Included in that was a 23-5 burst. Bobby Brown, Butler and Gordon each canned three-pointers during the spurt, which was capped by a Kaman jumper for a 44-29 lead at the midway point of the period.

The Kings got within seven midway through the third before falling behind 74-60 following a Blake three-ball with 3:22 left.

The Clippers carried a 77-68 lead into the fourth and then pulled away at the midway point. Andres Nocioni hit a bank shot for an 80-75 Kings deficit, but Los Angeles put in the next eight points, culminated by a layup from DeAndre Jordan with 6:55 to play. The double-digit lead remained the rest of the way.

Game Notes

Baron Davis (sore lower back) missed his second straight game for the Clippers...This was the first of four meetings this season. The Clippers have won two straight encounters...Sacramento fell to 5-24 on the road.

02/21 01:37:09 ET


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