Remember that Los Angeles Clippers team that won 6 games in a row earlier in the season? Yeah, it was that team that showed up to play tonight. They seem to have put their dismal 1-3 road trip performance in the past, building on the energy from Wednesday. The Clippers enacted complete domination, defeating the Kings 116-81 and hopefully gaining the momentum they will need for their upcoming road trip to Utah on Monday.
The Kings were never able to establish a rhythm of any kind, trailing from the beginning. By halftime, the Clippers had a 24-point lead. Perhaps the entire Kings team should be fined like the San Antonio Spurs for not even bothering to show up to play at all. Boom.
It was lopsided, to say the least, so let’s look at some lopsided stats. On offense, seven Clippers players had double figures, including four of the five starters. What’s more, none of the starters even played during the fourth quarter. They also scored 50 of their 116 points in the paint. On defense, they held the Kings to 38.2% from the field and forced 17 turnovers.
For the Clippers, Jamal Crawford led the team with 17 points. Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, and Eric Bledsoe followed with 14 points.
For the Kings, Marcus Thornton led with 20 points, and Jason Thompson followed with 16 points and 12 rebounds.
Hopefully, this win provided both the rest and momentum that the Clippers needed before their road trip to face the Jazz. There must have been an Easy Button in the Staples Center tonight. Yeah…I’ll be here all week. Try the veal.