Tonight was a history-changing night. Not only did we survive the apocalypse that the Mayans predicted, but the Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Sacramento Kings 97-85 for their 12th-straight win, setting a new franchise record for longest winning streak.
On April 17, 2000, Sports Illustrated deemed the Clippers “the worst franchise in sports history.” And in 2000, they were right. Heck, they still could have made a case up until a few years ago. But the level of play that the Clippers have been delivering this season, largely thanks to their incredibly deep bench, have shown that the Clippers mean business.
For the Clippers, Chris Paul led the team with 24 points and 13 assists, adding to his newly-achieved assist record. Blake Griffin followed with 21 points and 13 rebounds, and Matt Barnes put up 13 points and 5 rebounds.
For the Kings, Jimmer Fredette led the team with 16 points, and Isaiah Thomas followed with 12 points. In a scandalous turn of events, DeMarcus Cousins was forced to stay in the locker room the entire second half. The only thing Coach Keith Smart would say about the matter was that it was “a conduct issue.” Interesting, considering Cousins has already been suspended twice by the league this season.
All in all, it was a good day. We have made it through the end of the world unharmed, and hopefully the Clippers will be ready to face the Phoenix Suns on the road this Sunday.