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Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Blake Griffin posted 25 points and 15 rebounds to help the Los Angeles Clippers take a 100-82 win over Sacramento and start their first winning streak of the season.
Eric Gordon scored 28 points for the Clippers, who were coming off Monday's win against New Orleans and improved to 3-13 this season. Los Angeles' only other win outside of this two-game streak is a November 3 defeat of Oklahoma City.
"We did a better job on the glass," said Clippers head coach Vinny Del Negro. "We still had too many turnovers , but it's a win and we'll take it."
Carl Landry paced Sacramento with 18 points, while Luther Head added 15. Tyreke Evans shot just 2-of-13 and finished with eight points in the Kings' third consecutive loss.
The Clippers took a 30-25 lead after the first quarter and held a 54-50 edge at halftime, but the game came down to the pivotal third period.
After Head opened the second half with a three-pointer, Los Angeles went on an 15-3 run. Griffin and Gordon capped it with a bucket each, giving the Clippers a 69-56 edge with 6:45 to go.
Los Angeles shot 9-of-13 in the quarter overall and made 12-of-15 free throws, while the Kings made only five of their 15 shots.
"That was a big step backwards, especially in the third quarter," said Kings head coach Paul Westphal. "They hurt us with their penetration. We stopped moving the ball and the momentum shifted."
The third quarter performances allowed the Clippers to take an 84-69 lead into the fourth quarter, and they were in front by double digits the rest of the way.
Griffin posted his third consecutive double-double...LA made 50.7 percent of its shots, but only 2-of-13 from beyond the arc...The Clippers held a 45-35 rebounding edge.
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(Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Clippers hope to build on just their second win of the season when they celebrate Thanksgiving Day by welcoming Pacific Division rival Sacramento to Staples Center. The Clips snapped a lengthy losing streak to New Orleans on Monday when Eric Gordon scored 27 points and hit two game-sealing free throws with 4.7 seconds left, as Los Angeles topped the Hornets, 99-95, in the middle contest of a three-game homestand.
Rookie of the Year candidate Blake Griffin added 24 points and 13 rebounds for the Clippers, who halted a 14-game skid to the Hornets and a nine-game losing streak coming in. The last Los Angeles win against New Orleans came on January 8, 2007, when the Hornets were displaced to Oklahoma City due to Hurricane Katrina.
"We weren't smooth at the end, but we got it done," said Clippers head coach Vinny Del Negro. "Give my guys credit, they played hard. A great win for us. I'm happy for the guys."
Al-Farouq Aminu contributed with 16 points, while DeAndre Jordan had 12 for Los Angeles, which prevailed despite shooting 17-of-34 from the free throw line and improved to 2-13 on the year, their worst start to a season since beginning the 1998-99 campaign a dismal 0-17.
The Kings, meanwhile, lost for the eighth time in nine games on Monday in Salt Lake City when C.J. Miles scored 20 points in a little under 24 minutes of action to spark the Utah Jazz to a 94-83 victory over Sacramento.
Rookie DeMarcus Cousins posted 18 points and nine rebounds for the Kings, who also got 12 points from Carl Landry. Star swingman Tyreke Evans finished with just 11 on 3-of-12 shooting.
"We really kind of just let the flow of the game and the situation of the game get to us and we got out of sync," Cousins said. "We didn't match their physicality and we got outplayed tonight."
Sacramento has won three straight over the Clips and seven of the past nine meetings. LA, meanwhile, hasn't won consecutive games since a three-game winning streak from Feb. 20-24 of last season.