Clippers End Game With 11-0 Run, Defeat Sacramento

Eric Gordon had 29 points on 10-of-17 shooting from the field.

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Clippers Vs. Kings: Eric Gordon Leads Late Run To Give Clippers 98-91 Win Over Kings

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Eric Gordon scored 13 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter, including a go-ahead three-pointer in the final minute to help the Clippers survive a furious Kings comeback in a 98-91 victory. Los Angeles squandered a 16-point lead entering the fourth and trailed 91-87 with 2 1/2 minutes to play before scoring the final 11 points. Ryan Gomes totaled 17 points and nine rebounds for the Clippers, who had lost four of five coming in. Blake Griffin scored 13 points and pulled down 11 rebounds for the victors.

Omri Casspi posted 21 points and 10 boards to pace Sacramento, which is mired in an eight-game slump. Tyreke Evans netted 16 points, and DeMarcus Cousins and Carl Landry scored 15 apiece in defeat. Two Griffin free throws and a Gomes jumper in the final minute of the third quarter gave the hosts a seemingly comfortable 79-63 lead. The Kings, who shot 32.8 percent from the field in the first three quarters, made five of their first six attempts to start the final stanza. Casspi hit a three from the right corner to cap a 12-0 flurry over the first three minutes.

Casspi converted a three-point play the old fashioned way to complete the comeback with 5:13 left, as the free throw gave Sacramento an 86-85 lead. The visitors stayed in front before Gordon's scoop tied the game, 91-all, with 1:37 showing. After Cousins missed a tough reverse layup, Gordon spotted up from well beyond the three-point line and drained it with 47.5 seconds remaining.

Pooh Jeter missed a deep try on the next Kings possession, then turned it over after Gordon made two free throws with 16.3 seconds to go, all but sealing the decision. Gomes quickly erased LA's 20-16 deficit going into the second quarter with three consecutive buckets to start the frame. Eric Bledsoe's late three-pointer provided the Clippers with a 50-44 halftime lead, and another Bledsoe trey and Gordon three-point play to open the third stanza made it a double-digit game.

Both teams came in with just four wins on the season...Bledsoe scored 15 points in the win...Jeter scored 11 points in defeat...Griffin has notched nine consecutive double-doubles.

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Clippers Vs. Kings: L.A. Looks For Win At Home Against Struggling Sacramento

(Sports Network) - The Pacific Division cellar-dwellers tangle tonight at Staples Center when the Los Angeles Clippers entertain the Sacramento Kings. The Kings were competitive in their last outing but the results remained the same as the club lost its seventh consecutive game, a 105-103 setback at the hands of Dallas on Saturday. Jason Kidd made two key free throws with 28.7 seconds remaining and Jason Terry stole the ball at the end of regulation in that one as the Mavericks escaped California's capital with the win.

Tyreke Evans donated 25 points, eight assists, and five rebounds for the Kings, who have dropped 13 of 14 overall. Donte Greene chipped in with 19 points for Sacramento, which got 17 points and 11 boards from DeMarcus Cousins. The Kings haven't recorded a victory since November 19 -- their only win since November 1.

"I told [my players] that if this is baseball, everybody goes through a slump. What they tell batters is to go up there and take their hacks," said Sacramento coach Paul Westphal. "We don't have one player on this team that is living up to his lifetime shooting percentages across the board. Not one."

The Clippers, meanwhile, fell to an NBA worst 4-17 on Sunday when Andre Miller had two key steals during the final 36 seconds, sealing a 100-91 Portland victory over Los Angeles at the Rose Garden. Miller finished with five steals in the game and recorded 13 points and six assists for Portland, which ended a six-game losing streak.

Eric Gordon posted 24 points for the Clippers, who dropped their second game in a row. Blake Griffin notched his eighth consecutive double-double with 21 points and 15 boards, while Baron Davis recorded 14 points and eight assists in the loss.

"We're right there," Gordon said. "We have been in this situation many times, where it's coming down to the end of games. We just have to finish them off."

The Clippers snapped a three-game skid against the Kings with a 100-82 rout in LA on Nov. 25.

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