After a tremendously slow start to the season, the Los Angeles Clippers seem to be hitting their groove.
Blake Griffin submitted another strong performance, scoring 25 points and 15 rebounds, while Eric Gordon chipped in with 28 points to help the Clippers to an easy 100-82 Turkey Day victory over the Sacramento Kings.
It certainly didn’t hurt that Tyreke Evans, last season’s Rookie of the Year, scored just eight points on dreadful 2-13 shooting from the field. In their last game, also a win, the Clippers held Hornets All-Star point guard Chris Paul to just 14 points and six assists.
It was by far Los Angeles’ best defensive performance of the season, as they held Sacramento to just 40 percent shooting from the floor, and won the rebounding battle by 10, 45-35.
Griffin, now averaging 19.3 points and 11.3 rebounds per game, shot 7-11 from the field, and it was the ninth time in 16 games that he grabbed 10 or more rebounds.
Gordon, whose 23.6 points-per-game average leads the Clippers, has had to take on more of the offensive load with Baron Davis sidelined with a knee injury.
Despite his strong start to the season, he’s curiously shooting just over 20 percent from three-point range this season, down from his career percentage of around 36.
After starting the season 3-1, the Kings have now dropped nine of their last 10 games, and sit just ahead of the 3-13 Clippers in the Pacific Division.
L.A. led by just four at haltime, but started the third quarter on a 15-6 run, and didn’t look back from there.
The Clippers will travel to Phoenix to take on the Suns Friday; a team fresh off of an excruciating double-overtime loss at the hands of the Chicago Bulls Wednesday night.
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Written by Taylor Smith
Taylor Smith is a writer for the Los Angeles Clippers.