NBA Game Summary - LA Clippers at Sacramento
(Friday, December 7th)
Final Score: LA Clippers 97, Sacramento 87
Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) - Chris Kaman matched a career-high with 26 points and pulled down 12 rebounds as the LA Clippers snapped a seven-game skid by fighting back to best Sacramento, 97-87, at ARCO Arena.
Corey Maggette added 18 points and nine boards for the Clippers. Tim Thomas chipped in with 17 points, seven rebounds and five assists, while Cuttino Mobley had 12 points.
"I'm just glad to play a decent game on the floor," Kaman said. "We have been struggling lately. It is really good to get a win. We finally started shooting the ball well today."
Ron Artest had 21 points for the Kings, who lost for the first time in three games. Beno Udrih and Mikki Moore both added 13 points apiece while Brad Miller had 11 points and seven rebounds before fouling out.
"I think we missed a lot of shots around the basket," Kings coach Reggie Theus said. "It's about the energy level. I thought the energy level was bad and to me, that's preparation for the game."
The Clippers were down 11 points at the half but roared back with an excellent third quarter to take a one-point edge to the final frame.
Mobley drained a three and Ruben Patterson followed that with a driving layup with 55 seconds left in the frame to give the Clippers a 71-68 edge.
Quincy Douby stemmed the tide a bit by ending the stanza with a pair of free throws for the Kings but Los Angeles kept the pressure on early in the fourth.
Thomas dropped in three straight free throws, including one garnered from a John Salmons' technical foul, before Patterson got loose for a driving layup to make it a 76-70 game with 10:15 left.
The Clippers continued to pull away from there. Mobley dropped in consecutive buckets midway through the frame to give Los Angeles a 10-point cushion, 86-76, with 6:21 on the clock.
The Kings managed to close within eight points, 91-83, when Artest connected on a three with just 2:38 remaining.
But, Maggette answered with a pair of free throws to secure things.
The Kings raced out to a 28-22 advantage after the opening 12 minutes and extended their cushion to 11, 52-41, at the half.
Sacramento Kings forward Shareef Abdur-Rahim underwent arthroscopic surgery to remove bone spurs and joint lining from his right knee Friday and is expected to miss the rest of the year...The Kings are now 7-4 at home this season...The Clippers are 3-5 on the road...Kaman has recorded a double-double in four consecutive games.
12/08 01:34:52 ET