Clippers Fall To Kings In Sacramento

The Clippers fell to 5-25 on the road.

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Clippers Lose To Kings, 105-99

Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) - Marcus Thornton, fresh off a trade to Sacramento at the trade deadline, scored a season-best 29 points, as the Kings rallied past the Los Angeles Clippers, 105-99, at ARCO Arena. "Thornton is fitting in pretty well. Marcus was sensational tonight," Kings head coach Paul Westphal said. Beno Udrih added 19 points and seven assists, Omri Casspi donated 15 points and eight rebounds and Jason Thompson chipped in with 12 points in the victory, which snapped a two-game losing streak.

Blake Griffin posted a double-double with 27 points and 12 rebounds, Randy Foye posted 23 points and new addition Mo Williams added 16 points, five assists and five steals for the Clippers, who have dropped five games in a row. Trailing 83-78 entering the final quarter, Sacramento burst in front with a 10-4 stretch that included nine points from Thornton, who made the score, 88-87, on a short jumper with just over nine minutes to play.

The Clippers responded with the next four points, but the Kings rattled off the following nine capped by an Udrih jumper and a slam from Casspi off a deft pass from Thornton. Foye answered with a three, and Williams' triple about two minutes later sliced the margin to 98-97 with 49.2 seconds to go. Thornton then stepped to the charity stripe and made both free throws, then Foye missed a short shot at the other end. DeMarcus Cousins, who was 3-of-10 from the foul line on the night, made 1-of-2 for a four-point margin.

Williams misfired on a long three, and Thornton connected on four foul shots in the final 17-plus seconds to seal the win. The Clippers made just 30 percent of their shots in the final period, and Thornton scored 16 of his 29 points in the final 12 minutes. Sacramento staked itself to an early 9-4 lead, but the Clippers slowly worked their way back into a 29-29 stalemate after one period. The Kings held a 47-40 lead with just under four minutes to go in the first half, but the Clippers finished with a 12-4 flurry capped by Griffin's tip-in with under a second left for a 52-51 Los Angeles lead.

The Clippers led by as many as nine in the third quarter and closed with an 83-78 lead. Griffin had nine points in the quarter, as the Clippers made a scorching 13-of-19 from the floor.

Game Notes

The Kings made 47.5 percent of their shots to 45.7 for the Clippers...The tight contest featured nine ties and 18 lead changes...Chris Kaman finished with 12 points for the Clippers...Williams played his first game as a Clipper, making 7-of-18 shots in nearly 36 minutes...Thornton was playing his third game as a member of the Kings.

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Clippers Vs. Kings: Eric Gordon Could Play Wednesday

The Clippers may have lost 11 of their last 13 games, but they are starting to get some good news. New acquisitions Mo Williams and Jamario Moon are expected to see their first game action in a Clippers uniform tonight in Sacramento, but the biggest news came from their floor leader. Eric Gordon, who will miss his 18th straight game tonight with a sprain and small bone fracture in his right wrist, may be back in as soon as two days, per Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports:

Clips Eric Gordon said pregame he will practice tomorrow and could return to play as early as Wednesday versus Houston.

The Clippers have gone 4-13 in this stretch of game without Gordon, after a 14-7 stretch with him. In another roster move today, the Clippers officially waived Rasual Butler, buying him out today. Here are tonight's lineups from Sacramento:

Clippers (21-39)

Kings (14-43)

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Clippers Back On Road To Face Kings In Sacramento

The Los Angeles Clippers, after 10 games on the road, finally got to play two games at Staples Center over the weekend. However, those games happened to be against last year's NBA Finals participants, and the Clippers dropped games to the Lakers and Celtics. Now, trying to snap a four-game losing streak, Blake Griffin and the Clippers head back out on the road to face the Sacramento Kings at Arco Arena.

The Clippers have faced Sacramento three times this season, and the Clippers have won all three games. One of the Clippers' five road wins this season came in Sacramento, a 100-99 win on December 27. Since that road win in Sacramento, the Clippers have lost 13 of their last 15 road games.

Griffin looks to close out February on a high note. He has won the NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month in all three months so far this season, and he has had another stellar month in February. So far in February, Griffin scored 22.8 points, grabbed 11.6 rebounds, and dished out 3.5 assists per game. It was the fourth straight month for Griffin averaging 20-10, so it looks like a fourth monthly honor could be headed Griffin's way.

Now that Baron Davis has completed his physical in Cleveland, that means Mo Williams and Jamario Moon are now eligible to play for the Clippers. Look for them to make their Clipper debuts on Monday. As a result, Rasual Butler and the remainder of his $2.4 million salary is expected to get bought out today, per Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times. The Kings are 7-22 at home this season, while the Clippers are 5-24 on the road.

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