Chris Paul scored 22 points, dished out nine assists, grabbed six rebounds and hit the game-winning free throw with two seconds left to give the Los Angeles Clippers a 103-102 victory over the Sacramento Kings Saturday afternoon.
DeAndre Jordan chipped in with 17 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks, including a swat of DeMarcus Cousins’ attempt at a game-winning jumper at the buzzer.
Cousins scored 23 points, grabbed 19 rebounds and dished out seven assists to lead the Kings.
The Clippers raced out to a 29-13 lead at the end of the first quarter, but as the game progressed, the Kings continued to slowly chip away at the Clippers’ lead. They finally took an 81-79 lead (it was their first lead since they went up 8-5 in the first five minutes of the game) on a Cousins layup at the 7:31 mark in the fourth quarter. However, the Clippers used an 11-4 in the last three minutes to take a late lead and held on for a one-point win.
The Kings got virtually no production out of their starting lineup outside of Cousins, but Patrick Patterson and Isiah Thomas combined to score 43 of the Kings’ 60 bench points. All five Clippers’ starters were in double figures.
The Clippers will be back at it on Sunday afternoon at 3:30 pm EST when they host the Derrick Rose-less Chicago Bulls. The Kings will also be back in the Staples Center Sunday night to take on the Los Angeles Lakers at 9:30 pm EST.