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Clippers Withstand Late Comeback, Beat Kings 100-99

Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) - Eric Gordon scored 31 points and Blake Griffin added 24 points and 14 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Clippers escaped ARCO Arena with a 100-99 victory over the Kings despite a late lapse in judgement by Ryan Gomes. The Clippers were holding a 100-97 lead following Griffin's fastbreak dunk with 5.1 seconds left in regulation. A timeout moved the ball past midcourt, and the Kings put the ball in the hands of Tyreke Evans.

Gomes was closely guarding the reigning Rookie of the Year and was whistled for a foul outside the three-point line. The referees awarded Evans three free throws with 1.9 ticks remaining, and the first two went down. The third, however, rattled off the rim. DeMarcus Cousins nearly tipped in the miss, and Evans had a second try just before the buzzer, but his rushed attempt from just inside the foul line rimmed out to seal the crushing defeat. Three of the Clippers 10 wins this season have come against the Kings, who have dropped eight straight and fell to an NBA-worst 5-23. Evans ended with a game-high 32 points.

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