NBA Game Summary - LA Clippers at Sacramento
(Thursday, April 8th)
Final Score: Sacramento 116, LA Clippers 94
Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) - Tyreke Evans scored a game-best 28 points and added seven assists and six rebounds, as Sacramento lapped the Los Angeles Clippers, 116-94.
Jason Thompson notched 22 points and 15 rebounds, while Carl Landry also registered a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Beno Udrih and Francisco Garcia had 12 points apiece for the Kings, who snapped an eight-game losing streak.
"Well, that was a nice picture of how we want to play," Kings coach Paul Westphal said. "So I'm pleased that our guys have kept their focus and kept their intensity and came out and could play a game that efficiently. (We) did a great job on the boards, a great job with the turnovers, played decent defense, moved the ball around and got good performances from everybody that played."
Chris Kaman led the Clippers with 23 points to go with six rebounds, Eric Gordon added 21 points and Baron Davis had 11 points and 10 assists for the Clippers, who have lost seven in a row.
"It was dismal. It was unacceptable and cheating ourselves and our teammates by playing like that," Clippers coach Kim Hughes said.
Sacramento led 33-27 after one period and increased its advantage to a comfortable margin before halftime. An eight-point burst shortly into the second period made the score 41-29, and the Kings pushed their lead to 58-40 later in the quarter on Thompson's short jump hook in the lane.
The Kings made 61.9 percent of their shots in the second quarter and held a 63-47 lead entering the break.
Los Angeles fought back within seven, as Drew Gooden's three-point play made the score 72-65 with 4:16 left in the third stanza. The margin stayed in that area, and the Kings were up 84-76 entering the fourth quarter.
Sacramento took over quickly in the final period, needing less than four minutes to increase the margin by a dozen points. A 14-2 blitz to begin the fourth, capped by Donte Greene's layup, made the score 98-78. Udrih's mid- range jumper gave Sacramento its biggest edge moments later, at 104-80, and the home team rolled to victory from there.
Gooden scored 17 points in defeat...Omri Casspi chipped in 11 points for the victors...The Kings shot 54.3 percent from the floor and dominated the offensive backboards, gaining 14 second-chance opportunities and outrebounding the Clippers, 47-32, overall...The Clippers fell to 8-33 on the road this season...The Kings won three of four meetings with the Clippers this season.
04/09 02:57:11 ET