NBA Game Summary - LA Clippers at Sacramento
(Friday, March 30th)
Final Score: LA Clippers 105, Sacramento 101
Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) - Cuttino Mobley scored 26 points as the LA Clippers downed Sacramento, 105-101, at ARCO Arena.
Corey Maggette added 19 points and seven rebounds for the Clippers, who snapped a 17-game skid in Sacramento and remained in sole possession of the eighth spot in the Western Conference playoff race.
Tim Thomas and Jason Hart each chipped in with 16 points as Los Angeles also drew within one-half game of Denver for the seventh spot.
Ron Artest tallied 29 points and pulled down seven rebounds for the Kings, who fell 4 1/2 games behind the Clippers for the final playoff spot. Kevin Martin added 23 points and seven boards, while Mike Bibby had 16 points but was a miserable 5-of-19 from the floor.
The Clippers took an eight-point lead into the final frame and quickly tried to put the game away with a 5-0 run to start things. Chris Kaman stuck a turnaround jumper and Thomas followed by drilling a three to make it 83-70 with 10:33 left.
The Kings didn't give in, however. Artest capped a brilliant 16-2 run with a left-handed driving layup to make it 92-90 with 3:32 left.
Mobley stopped the bleeding momentarily by draining a jumper with just over three minutes left and Hart then converted a pair of free throws, with 1:49 remaining, to give the Clippers some breathing room, 96-90.
Artest refused to let the Kings die and dropped a three from the right wing to make it a one-possession game, 96-93, with 58 ticks on the clock.
But, Thomas put the game away with a brilliant offensive putback. The forward's left arm was pinned but he grabbed the board with one hand and converted a layup in the same motion. The contact drew a whistle and the ensuing free throw made it 99-93 with 33 seconds left.
Los Angeles then managed to make enough of its free throws in the waning seconds to hold on.
The Clippers raced out to a 30-19 lead after the opening 12 minutes and continued to play frontrunner at intermission, 57-50.
Los Angeles kept holding the Kings at arm's length, 78-70, through three quarters.
The Clippers last win over the Kings on the road came on November 7, 1997... The Kings fell to 19-16 at home this season...The Clippers are now 12-24 as the visitor this season.
03/31 01:24:49 ET