Los Angeles – Without DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin inside, the Clippers were forced to shoot jumpers. The Sacramento Kings were on the perimeter contesting shots and disrupting their looks.
DeMarcus Cousins had 19 points and 13 rebounds, Omri Casspi added 17 points and the Kings stopped Los Angeles’ 10-game winning streak with a 110-103 victory on Saturday night.
“It’s a big win for us,” Cousins said. “We’re still making a lot of mistakes as a team and still having a lot of ups and downs this season, so we’re just trying to find that consistency.”
Rudy Gay added 18 points and Collison had 17. Casspi went 5-for-8 from 3-point range for the Kings.
J.J. Redick scored 22 points, hitting five 3-pointers, and reserve Jamal Crawford added 20 points for the Clippers, who were tied with the idle Spurs for longest active win streak in the NBA.
Chris Paul, who finished with 15 points and five fouls, hit two free throws that drew the Clippers to 104-101 with a minute left. Rajon Rondo turned the ball over on a bad pass, but his former Celtics teammate Paul Pierce tripped and missed a potential tying 3-pointer for Los Angeles. Gay grabbed the rebound, got fouled and made the first before missing the second.
“I will take that 10 times out of 10,” Paul said, backing Pierce’s attempt.
Cole Aldrich dunked to get the Clippers to 105-103 before they fouled former Clipper Darren Collison. He made both for a 107-103 lead. Pierce’s inbounds pass was intercepted by Rondo, who got fouled and hit both free throws, helping the Kings improve to 7-12 on the road.
“They played great,” Paul said. “We knew they were a high-scoring team and we never slowed them down.”
Aldrich had 19 points and 10 rebounds in his second start for the Clippers, who never led in the second half.
“Chris Paul not playing a lot in the first half kind of gave us some confidence, and they never got the great shots that they normally get,” Kings coach George Karl said. “Our guards worked harder tonight than I think I’ve seen all year.”
Grizzlies 103, Knicks 95
In Memphis, the Grizzlies beat New York in the first game between the teams since the NBA suspended Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes for two games for his fight with Knicks coach Derek Fisher in October.
Pistons 113, Warriors 95
In Auburn Hills, Michigan, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope held his own against Stephen Curry for most of the night, scoring 20 points as the Pistons handed the Warriors their second loss in three games.
Hawks 114, Nets 86
In Atlanta, Paul Millsap scored 21 points and went past 10,000 for his career.
76ers 114, Trail Blazers 89
In Philadelphia, Jahlil Okafor had 25 points and 10 rebounds.
Jazz 109, Lakers 82
In Salt Lake City, Rudy Gobert had 18 points, 18 rebounds and five blocked shots.
Celtics 119, Wizards 117
In Washington, Jae Crowder had a go-ahead layup with 3.9 seconds left off a pass from Marcus Smart.
Bucks 105, Hornets 92
In Charlotte, Khris Middleton scored 24 points on 11-of-16 shooting.