While many may have been filling out their college basketball brackets (myself included- let the trash talking begin!), the Los Angeles Clippers were losing to the Sacramento Kings last night, 116-101.
It was the Clippers’ game to lose. For one, the Clippers came into the game as the 3 spot in the Western Conference. They’ve also defeated the Kings in every game for the last two years. But some of the Clippers’ recurring problems ended up being their downfall– particularly their 3-point defense.
The Clippers took the early lead, but the Kings were able to keep it close for most of the game. By the end of the third quarter, the Clippers led 83-78. But in the fourth quarter, the Kings opened up their shooting game and rained down 3-pointers that the Clippers just could not defend. The Kings shot 50% from the 3-point line overall and over 62% in the fourth quarter alone.
Offensively, the Clippers just could not answer the Kings. They went cold in the fourth quarter, and Sacramento went on to score 38 points in the last 12 minutes that just sealed the deal.
For the Clippers, Blake Griffin led the team with 26 points. Jamal Crawford followed with 25 points, and Caron Butler contributed 13 points.
For the Kings, Marcus Thompson led the team with 25 points. Toney Douglas followed with 19 points and 7 assists, and both DeMarcus Cousins and Tyreke Evans put up 17 points.
Last night’s loss was the Clippers’ fourth loss in seven games, and the team fell to the fourth spot behind the Memphis Grizzlies. The Clippers take on the Philadelphia 76ers tonight at the Staples Center, hoping to maintain their current standing.