April 7, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin (32) dunks against the Sacramento Kings in the first half of the game at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

Clippers Vs. Kings: L.A. Beats Sacramento Again

The Clippers are 3-0 against Sacramento this season.

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Clippers Vs. Kings Final Score: Blake Griffin, Randy Foye Key 109-94 Win

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Blake Griffin scored 27 points and pulled down 14 rebounds as the Los Angeles Clippers closed out a home-and-home sweep of the Sacramento Kings with a 109-94 victory at Staples Center.

The Clippers earned a 93-85 win on Thursday behind 20 points by Randy Foye.

Foye connected on seven three-pointers on Saturday to finish with 25 points, while Chris Paul added 19 points, 15 assists and seven steals for Los Angeles, which won for the eighth time in nine games.

"Chris Paul is a wonder," Kings head coach Keith Smart said. "He got us a couple of times and [Griffin] was able to get in transition and was able to get easy shots."

Also with the win, the Clippers moved to a half game behind the Lakers for the top spot in the Pacific Division after the Lakers lost to Phoenix on Saturday.

DeMarcus Cousins paced Sacramento with 15 points and 20 rebounds, and Tyreke Evans finished with 14 points in the Kings' third straight loss.

Francisco Garcia recorded 13 points for Sacramento before leaving the game early in the fourth quarter with a concussion.

Sacramento trailed, 56-51, heading into the third quarter before Caron Butler opened the frame with a jumper that was followed by a Foye three-pointer to stretch Los Angeles' lead up to double digits before Sacramento reeled off eight straight points to get within two, 61-59.

The Clippers managed to extend their lead back up to seven before Garcia capped a 9-2 spurt with a three-pointer to bring the Kings back within one, 72-71, with less than three minutes left in the third.

But Foye answered with a triple at the other end to keep Los Angeles on top and spark a 10-3 spurt to close out the third that gave them an 82-74 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Sacramento never threatened again as the Clippers held at least a nine-point lead for the remainder of the game and led by as much as 23 on an Eric Bledsoe three-pointer with less than four minutes left in the contest.

"In the second half, we did a lot better job defensively. All games are important to us right now," Griffin said. "We want to keep it going and improve on what we're doing."

After an early 6-2 run by Sacramento gave the Kings a 6-4 advantage, the Clippers answered with a 9-2 push to take a lead they would not relinquish.

Los Angeles stretched its lead to as much as 13 in the first quarter when Butler capped a 10-0 spurt with a driving layup to give the Clippers a 27-14 edge, but Sacramento closed out the opening frame with an 8-2 run to get within 29-22 entering the second quarter.

The Kings carried some of that momentum into the second when Donte Greene's three-pointer was followed by a Jimmer Fredette jumper to close the gap to four, 31-27.

But the Clippers regained their double-digit lead with a 10-1 swing and kept Sacramento at arm's length until a late 8-3 run by the Kings made it a 56-51 game at the break.

Game Notes

Los Angeles improved to 21-9 at home this season, while Sacramento fell to 2-23 on the road...Kings guard Marcus Thornton missed his third straight game with a thigh bruise...The Clippers held a 44-42 advantage on the glass and outscored the Kings in the paint, 52-40.

For more news and notes on Clippers basketball, be sure to read Clips Nation.


Clippers Vs. Kings: Game Time, TV Info And More

The Los Angeles Clippers look for their eighth win in their last nine games on Saturday night as they host the Sacramento Kings at Staples Center. Here are the details of Saturday's game, the second meeting between these two teams in the last three days.

Records: Clippers (33-22); Kings (19-36)

Location: Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles

Time: 7:30 p.m. PDT

TV: Fox Sports West, with Ralph Lawler and Michael Smith on the call.

Series History: The Clippers are 2-0 against the Kings this season, and this is their third and final meeting this season. The previous two games between them this season were played in Sacramento.

Home vs. Road: The Clippers are 20-8 at home this season, while the Kings are just 5-22 on the road.

Pacific Chances: The Clippers trail the Lakers by one game in the loss column in the Pacific Division with 11 games to play, but the Lakers hold the tiebreaker advantage over the Clippers. In addition, after Saturday night the Clippers play seven of their final 10 games on the road.

For more news and notes on Clippers basketball, be sure to read Clips Nation.


Clippers Vs. Kings Game Preview: L.A. Can Move Closer In Pacific Division

The Los Angeles Clippers have won seven of their last eight games, and return home Saturday night to host the Sacramento Kings at Staples Center. The Clippers have beaten the Kings in both matchups this season, including a 93-85 win Thursday night in Sacramento.

A win for the Clippers Saturday night would pull them to within a game of the Los Angeles Lakers in the Pacific Division with 10 games remaining, though the Lakers own the tiebreaker by virtue of winning the season series with the Clippers (33-22).

Randy Foye scored 20 points to lead the Clippers to victory on Thursday over the Kings (19-36) in Sacramento. The Clippers had five players score in double figures in the win, their 33rd of the season, surpassing last season's win total. At 33-22, the Clippers have their second best record after 55 games in franchise history, surpassed only by the 1974-1975 Buffalo Braves, who were 36-19 after 55 contests.

Sacramento has lost two straight and seven of their last nine games.

For more news and notes on Clippers basketball, be sure to read Clips Nation.

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