Not many expected the Sacramento Kings to knock off the Los Angeles Clippers on the road on Saturday night, but everyone expected to see the Kings’ battle as hard as they could.
That evidently did not happen, as the Kings were blown out by 35 points down at Staples Center. They were without starting guard Tyreke Evans due to a bruised knee, but he wouldn’t have made much of a difference anyways.
The Clippers led 28-11 at the end of the the first quarter, and even with their bench playing the majority of the second quarter, they led 24 points at halftime. The Kings simply looked dead on the court, having lost a close game the night before.
If you thought the first half was bad, the second half was horrific. The Clippers, who had seven players finish with double figures, pushed the lead to 34 at one point. When the buzzer mercifully sounded, the final score was 116-81 in favor of Los Angeles.
Sacramento was dominated in every facet of the game, shooting just 38.2 percent from the field and allowing the Clippers to shoot 54.7 percent. The Kings also committed 17 turnovers compared to the five for the Clippers, and outscored in the paint 50-32.
Marcus Thornton led all scores with 20 points, but finished with a dismal plus-minus rating of -25. Jason Thompson was the only King to have a decent game, putting in 16 points and grabbing 12 boards. DeMarcus Cousins was a non-factor, sitting out the second and fourth quarters, finishing with eight points.
The Kings are now 0-6 on the road and 4-12 overall on the season. They will look to regroup against Toronto at home on Wednesday.