The Los Angeles Clippers got their second victory of the season and showed some toughness in the process against the Sacramento Kings 110-101 on Friday night. Blake Griffin led the team with 20 points, 17 rebounds and 6 assists and made key plays down the stretch as the Kings fought back from a 15-point deficit to actually take the lead late in the game.
The knock on the Clippers for the past few years has been their great ability to be frontrunners and maintain leads that they got early in the game but that they have knack for faltering when a team does manage to come back. That was not the case against the Kings, who were led by Isaiah Thomas (29 points in 31 minutes with 17 coming in the second half) and DeMarcus Cousins (24 points and 10 rebounds) and sparked a big comeback that the Clippers survived.
After a historic night against the Golden State Warriors the night prior, Chris Paul did show signs of fatigue until the fourth quarter when he was able to better control the pace of the game and make sure that his teammates were not getting ahead of themselves. He even managed to enrage Cousins enough to the point where the center picked up a totally unnecessary technical foul that was a contributing factor to them losing the game.
- The next Clipper game will be against the Houston Rockets on November 4
- Paul scored 26 points and handed out 10 assists
- Jamal Crawford hit three 3-pointers which moved him past Tim Hardaway for no. 16 on the all-time list
- The Clippers once again allowed a team to score 100 points, but this time they did a lot better with their perimeter defense, holding the Kings to only 35.3 percent shooting from the three-point line
- Sneaker Report: Blake Griffin and Chris Paul wore new colorways of the Jordan Super.Fly 2 and Jordan CP3.VII, Isaiah Thomas rocked the Reebok Shaqnosis, while DeMarcus Cousins and Jason Thompson both wore Nike KD 6 iDs