Short-handed Clippers manhandle Kings 138-100

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Kawhi Leonard had 27 points and 6 helps in 3 quarters, Paul George scored 26 and the short-handed Los Angeles Clippers manhandled the Sacramento Kings 138-100 on Friday night.

The Clippers have actually won 15 successive roadway video games versus the Kings. Los Angeles hasn’t lost in Sacramento given that March 19, 2013.

The 138 points were the most the Clippers had actually scored given that setting up 150 versus Washington on Dec. 1, 2019, although coach Tyronn Lue appeared more happy with his group’s defense.

”We challenged our people to be much better defensively,” Lue stated. ”I believed we played properly throughout the course of the video game. The entire 48 minutes we played the video game properly which was excellent to see.”

Playing without guards Patrick Beverley (individual factors) and Lou Williams (aching left hip), the Clippers led by 8 at halftime and after that broke the video game open in the 3rd quarter when they outscored the Kings 37-16.

Leonard had 11 points throughout the blitz, consisting of a disconcerting, one-handed dunk over Cory Joseph as part of a 17-2 run. Leonard remained the 4th duration as Lue cleared his bench.

Los Angeles’ backups showed up huge all video game to relieve the lacks of Beverley and Williams.

Reggie Jackson began in location of Beverley and had 11 points, 3 helps and 4 rebounds. Marcus Morris scored a season-high 18 points, Terance Mann had a season-best 13 points and 9 rebounds, and Luke Kennard scored 14.

”Pat and Lou are a huge part of our group. Missing them is certainly a lot, however we got other people to step up,” Morris stated. ”T-Mann stepped up and Reggie stepped up. Congratulations to them for remaining all set and being all set when their number’s called.”

Marvin Bagley III had 20 points and 5 rebounds for Sacramento. Richaun Holmes included 17 points and 5 rebounds.

”That group simply came and pressed us around,” Kings coach Luke Walton stated. ”We need to comprehend as a group we need to have the ability to secure individuals and rebound when we get stops. Today that’s something we need to determine. It appeared tonight. They got what they desired.”

Serge Ibaka followed Leonard’s container with a backdoor feed to Kennard, and Mann’s dunk made it 99-69.

2 nights after permitting Portland to match a franchise record for 3-pointers, Sacramento once again had a hard time with its boundary defense.

The Clippers made 7 threes in the 2nd quarter – 3 from George and 4 by Morris, another than his previous season high. They completed 18 of 35 beyond the arc.

MOVE IT, MOVE IT

Lue admired his group’s unselfishness as being crucial. Los Angeles had 29 helps, the 6th time this season the Clippers have actually had 28 or more. ”When the ball’s hopping like that, everyone’s a part of it,” Lue stated.

MLK HOMAGE

In a nod to Martin Luther King Day on Monday, gamers for both groups used black Tee shirts with the expression, ”Now is the time to make justice a truth for all” on the front and ”Honor King” on the back.

TIP-INS

Clippers: Morris shot 7 of 12 from the flooring. . Williams remained after playing 9 minutes versus New Orleans on Wednesday and not in the 2nd half.

Kings: With Hassan Whiteside nursing an aching hip, Chimezie Metu’s playing time has actually gotten as the backup center. A second-round choice of the Spurs in 2018 who is on a two-way agreement with Sacramento, Metu played in back-to-back video games for the very first time this season and matched his profession high of 10 points while taking down 8 rebounds.

UP NEXT

Clippers: Host Indiana on Sunday. The Pacers shot 35% from the flooring when the groups fulfilled last season.

Kings: Play the Pelicans on Sunday night at Golden 1 Center. Sacramento won 2 of 3 versus New Orleans last season however lost its only house video game in the series.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.