The last time the Sacramento Kings faced the Los Angeles Clippers, they won. That game was the last win the Kings had before the losing streak began.
The Kings snapped a five-game losing streak at Arco and an eight-game losing streak overall.
The Sacramento Kings (25-54) beat the Los Angeles Clippers (27-52), 116-94.
In the last contest between these two teams, Beno Udrih recorded his first triple-double the game after Tyreke Evans went down with his concussion in Milwaukee. Udrih played well tonight, but he didn’t have to do nearly as much as the last time these teams met.
The Kings got the lead early, having a 33-27 lead after the first quarter. Evans had 10 points in the first, and Jason Thompson added eight.
The Kings didn’t slow down in the second quarter, scoring 30 while keeping the Clippers to 20 points.
In the third quarter the Clippers made a run and were able to cut the 19-point-lead to single digits. Chris Kaman and Drew Gooden chipped away at the lead after they began to make open shots and penetrate down low.
Kings Head Coach Coach Paul Westphal called a timeout, and that was the end of the Clippers’ run.
The Clippers scored just four points in the first 5:57 of the fourth quarter. At that point the Kings had the win in their grasp, as they had a 104-80 lead.
“That was a nice picture of how we want to play,” Westphal said after the game. “I’m pleased that our guys have kept their focus and kept their intensity and could come out and play that efficiently.”
The Kings shot 54 percent and out-rebounded the Clippers 47 to 32.
Thompson and Carl Landry combined for 36 points and 25 rebounds. It was one of the better games the two have played together.
Evans had his jumper going tonight, shooting 12 for 19 and scoring 28. He also added 7 assists and 6 boards.
“We’ve been struggling playing some tough teams,” Evans said. “We played (other teams) good, but down the stretch we couldn’t come out and get the win, but this one we didn’t let up.”