The Sacramento Kings got rattled early and late by the Los Angeles Clippers which resulted in a 126-105 loss for the purple and white.
A bad start just got worse for the Sacramento Kings as they fell behind quickly and never had a chance. A 4-0 run to open the game was the Kings only lead of the day, as the Los Angeles Clippers went on a 12-0 run to give them the lead for good.
Five turnovers and an abysmal 36% shooting clip had the Kings down 30-17 after the first period. The second quarter started much of the same with Sacramento allowing bucket after bucket and turning the ball over another five times en route to a 64-45 deficit at the half. Bogdan Bogdanovic led the Kings with nine points on 4-8 shooting going into halftime.
The Kings showed little fight in the third facing such a large deficit. More turnovers, little defense, and stagnant offense killed any hope of a comeback as they went into the fourth down 91-68.
The Kings were able to win the fourth mostly against Los Angeles’ reserves, but it mattered little in the box score as they were still short by 21 points. The poor shooting through the first three quarters and 16 turnovers were just too much for this Kings team to overcome, even with the Clippers sans DeAndre Jordan.
Next Up: Kings (13-29) take on the Oklahoma City Thunder (22-20) in OKC on January 15th
- Nearly every King struggled in this one, especially the starting five who combined to shoot just 40% from the field (21-52).
- Willie Cauley-Stein was the lone bright spot for Sacramento today as he had 23 points, 13 rebounds, and four assists on 10-16 shooting and 1-1 from the perimeter to boot. His double-double was his first since December 23rd and his sixth of the season per ESPN stats.
- De’Aaron Fox also had a double-double, going for 17 points and ten assists, albeit on 35% (6-17) shooting.
- The loss is Sacramento’s fourth against the Clippers this season, with three of the four losses coming by double digits.