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The Los Angeles Clippers had no answer for Sacramento King’s center DeMarcus Cousins last season where he averaged 26.5 points, 12.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists in 4 games against them. That theme continued in the Sunday afternoon game where Cousins scored a game high 34 points, 17 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 blocks, helping the Kings upset the Clippers at home by a score of 98-92.
From the perimeter it was Rudy Gay doing the damage for the Kings, scoring 25 points including 10 of 11 from the free throw line.
The Kings took the game from the Clippers in the 4th quarter where they outscored the Clippers 28-18. The Kings defended the 3-point line extremely well in the decisive 4th quarter, holding the Clippers scoreless on 12 attempts from deep.
The Clippers had well balanced scoring on the night with 6 players registering in double digits, lead by Blake Griffin and Spencer Hawes who each scored 17 points. However, the Clippers struggled as a team on the offensive end, shooting 37.5 percent from the field.
Jamal Crawford did not play due to sore ribs but it is reported as not being a serious injury.
X-rays were negative on Jamal Crawford but he is listed as doubtful for Clippers' game against Utah on Monday.
— Ben Bolch (@latbbolch) November 3, 2014
Chris Paul left the game at the end of the 1st quarter with a left foot sprain but returned to close out the game. Paul didn’t seem to be greatly affected by the injury having scored 16 points, dishing out 11 assists and registering 4 steals in 37 minutes of play.
The Clippers had beaten the Kings 5 straight times including all 4 last season and 7 straight times at Staples until Sunday’s loss.
The loss put the Clippers early season record to 2-1. The Clippers will play the Utah Jazz on Monday at Staples Center which is a 2nd night of a back to back.
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