Jamal Crawford came off the bench for the short-handed Los Angeles Clippers to score 31 points and dish out 11 rebounds and DeAndre Jordan nearly had a triple-double as the Clippers spoiled the Sacramento Kings debut of Derrick Williams with a 104-98 win in overtime at Sleep Train Arena Friday night.
The Clippers came into the game without All-Star point guard Chris Paul, out with a hamstring injury, and lost their other starting guard, J.J. Redick, to a wrist injury in the second quarter.
So Crawford logged 37 minutes and directed the offense. Sacramento scored the first four points of overtime on back-to-back baskets by Patrick Patterson, but went scoreless the final 3:55 of the extra session.
The Kings tied it with 17.7 seconds left in regulation on a pair of free throws by rookie Ben McLemore. The loss is the third straight for Sacramento against the Clippers in the first month of the season.
The game was close throughout, with neither team leading by more than eight points in the contest.
Williams’ debut had to be considered a success. Acquired in a trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday, the former No. 2 overall pick started and played 32 minutes, finishing with 12 points, six rebounds and four assists. One of the assists was a gorgeous alley-oop to McLemore for a two-handed slam dunk.
DeMarcus Cousins scored 25 points with nine rebounds, six assists and three blocks for the Kings, who fell to 4-10 overall and just 3-6 at Sleep Train Arena. McLemore had 14 points, as did John Salmons and Greivis Vasquez had 11 points and seven assists.
Jordan finished with 10 points, 15 rebounds and a career-high nine blocked shots for the Clippers (12-5), who also got 21 points and 12 rebounds from Blake Griffin, Redick had 13 points in 17 minutes before he was injured and Darren Collison, starting in place of Paul, scored 15 points.
It was the first game of a four-game homestand for Sacramento, which hosts the Golden State Warriors Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m.