Clippers manhandle Kings 116-81
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jamal Crawford scored 17 points off the bench, leading seven Clippers in double-digit scoring, and Los Angeles rested all of its starters in the fourth quarter of a 116-81 blowout of the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night.
The Clippers beat Sacramento for the fourth straight time. Blake Griffin had 14 points and nine rebounds, Chris Paul had 14 points and five assists, and DeAndre Jordan had 13 points and six boards. The 35-point margin of victory was the Clippers’ largest ever against the Kings’ franchise, four more than the previous best on April 10, 2009, at Staples Center.
Marcus Thornton scored 20 points for the Kings, and Jason Thompson had 16 points and 12 rebounds. Tyreke Evans missed his second straight contest with a bruised left knee.
Sacramento is 0-6 on the road — the club’s worst start since 2007-08, when the Kings lost their first nine to tie a franchise record. The league’s only other winless road team is Washington (0-7).
Chauncey Billups scored only six points in his second game since recovering from a torn left Achilles’ tendon that sidelined him for the final 38 games of last season and the first 14 this season. But the Clippers outscored the Kings 41-22 while he was in the game.
DeMarcus Cousins finished with eight points and six rebounds in just 18 minutes after sitting out the entire second and fourth quarters. The Kings are 1-7 in head-to-head matchups between Cousins and Griffin. In the seven previous meetings, Griffin averaged 20.6 points, 12.0 rebounds and was shooting 60.2 percent from the field while Cousins averaged 11.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 35.7 percent shooting.
Los Angeles led 58-34 at halftime — with no one scoring in double digits. The bench had 25 points in the half, including nine by Matt Barnes, who made his first five shots and finished 5 for 7 with 12 points.
The Clippers opened the game with a 17-6 run, led by Jordan’s six points and four rebounds. Paul went to the bench after picking up his second foul with 5:15 left in the first quarter, but backup point guard Eric Bledsoe and the rest of the reserves held Sacramento in check — building the lead up to 46-24 by the time Paul reported back in with 6:25 left in the half.
Coach Vinny Del Negro sat his entire starting unit to begin the second quarter, and Crawford gave the Clippers a 37-21 lead on a 3-pointer with 9:33 left in the half. It was his first basket of the game after starting out 0 for 4.
NOTES: A moment of silence was observed for Clippers public address announcer David Courtney, who died Thursday of a pulmonary embolism at age 56. Staples Center’s game-night crew put together a photo montage in his memory and showed it on the video board, and a tape of Courtney’s voice was used to introduce the Clippers’ starting lineup one final time. … Courtney also handled the p.a. duties for the Angels and the reigning NHL champion Kings, but was denied a chance to preside over the raising of the Stanley Cup banner to the Staples Center rafters because of hockey’s lockout. … Eric Smith, the Dodgers’ p.a. announcer, has returned to his old job at the Clippers’ courtside table for the rest of the season. … Sacramento is 0-12 when trailing after three quarters. The Clippers are 8-0 when taking a lead into the fourth.