Clippers Hit Snag Against Kings

Matt Barnes of the Los Angeles Clippers chase down Rudy Gay of the Sacramento Kings during a contest at Staples Center on Sunday, Nov.2, 2014. Gay and the Kings triumphed over the Barnes and the Clippers by the score of 98-92. Photo Credit: Jevone Moore/News4usonline.com
Matt Barnes of the Los Angeles Clippers chase down Rudy Gay of the Sacramento Kings during a contest at Staples Center on Sunday, Nov.2, 2014. Gay and the Kings triumphed over the Barnes and the Clippers by the score of 98-92. Photo Credit: Jevone Moore/News4usonline.com

LOS ANGELES – DeMarcus Cousins game high 34 points and 17 rebounds, lead the Sacramento Kings to victory against the Los Angeles Clippers handing them their first loss of the season, 98-92 Sunday in front of a sellout crowd.

Midway through the first quarter, Blake Griffin was on a breakaway when Sacramento’s Ben McLemore grabbed Griffin from behind sending Griffin crashing to the floor.  McLemore would receive a flagrant-1 foul sending Griffin to the free-throw line missing them both.

The Kings defense held their third straight opponent to under 100 points.  The Clippers offense struggled shooting 33-88 37.5% from the field and 9-31 29% from 3-point range.  Chris Paul stated, “Were getting great looks…the right people shooting, the shots are just not falling.”

Wearing their Clippers light blue uniforms for the first time of the season Blake Griffin and Spencer Hawes both had 17 points to lead the Clippers, while Chris Paul picked up his second double-double of the young season with 16 points and 10 assists. Hawes ended the first half with 13 points off the bench.

Cousins scored Sacramento’s first eight points to begin the game and had a double-double at half time with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Griffin shot 6-20 from the field and only took five shots in the second half,  “I had some poor possessions and I missed a lot of shots,” he said.  “I need to set the tone early.”

Chris Paul tallied 16 points and 11 assists for the Clippers against the Sacramento Kings on Sunday. However, Sacramento used a big fourth quarter to hand the Clippers their first lost of the young NBA season. Jevone Moore/News4usonline.com
Chris Paul tallied 16 points and 11 assists for the Clippers against the Sacramento Kings on Sunday. However, Sacramento used a big fourth quarter to hand the Clippers their first lost of the young NBA season. Jevone Moore/News4usonline.com

Former Clipper, Darren Collison scored 14 points in his first game back after leaving for Sacramento.  Collison hit a big shot to put the Kings up 94-90 with less then a minute in the game, he said, “It felt good, I can’t complain it’s always good to get a win in front of family and friends.”  When the shot went down he pounded his chest while looking over at the Clippers bench.

The Clippers went into the fourth quarter with a four-point lead thanks to their second unit, but the starters came back and couldn’t keep hold of the lead while going 0 for 12 from behind the 3-point line.  “We had too many empty possessions,” said Clippers coach Doc Rivers.  “We played well for two and a half quarters.”

Rudy Gay finished with 25 points and 7 rebounds and 6 assist while, shooting 50% from the field. Head coach Mike Malone and his Kings are 1-4 in head to head matchups with Head coach Doc Rivers and the Clippers are 4-1. The Clippers were without their 2014 sixth man award winner Jamal Crawford.

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