It wasn’t easy, but the Los Angeles Clippers did enough to notch win No. 5 on the season Monday night at Staples Center.
Despite leading by 17 points on three separate occasions in the third quarter, the Clippers had to overcome a late four-point deficit to take down the Sacramento Kings 98-91.
Eric Gordon led all scorers with 28 points on 10-17 shooting, including the go-ahead three-pointer to put L.A. ahead for good inside the final minute of the fourth quarter.
It was Sacramento’s eighth-consecutive loss, and they’ve now dropped 15 of 16 since opening the season 3-1.
Omri Casspi led the Kings with a season-high 21 points off the bench on 8-11 shooting. He also grabbed 10 rebounds.
The game appeared to be all but over with the Clippers leading by 16 points entering the fourth quarter, but the Kings were able to battle back, and eventually led by as much as four late in the quarter before L.A. fought back.
Backup point guard Pooh Jeter helped lead the charge for the Kings, scoring all of his 11 points in the final period. He replaced the ineffective Beno Udrih, who shot just 1-10 from the floor and scored two points.
Early Rookie of the Year frontrunner Blake Griffin’s 13-point, 11-rebound effort was highlighted by a pair of spectacular dunks, but it was Gordon, Eric Bledsoe, and backup Ryan Gomes that handled most of the Clippers’ scoring load down the stretch.
Gomes, who recently lost his starting job to rookie Al-Farouq Aminu, enjoyed his best individual performance of the season, scoring 17 points on 7-12 shooting to go along with nine rebounds.
Baron Davis, who came off the bench and contributed his fourth-straight strong effort distributing the ball, left in the fourth quarter with an apparent injury to his left hamstring. He’s already missed several games this season nursing a sore left knee.
Center Chris Kaman was inactive after re-aggravating his left ankle sprain Sunday night in Portland. He has already missed 11 games this season with the same injury. Brian Cook was serving the first half of his two-game suspension following an altercation against the Blazers.
Sacramento now has the fewest wins of any team in the league, with four.
The Kings will now head home to face the Wizards on Wednesday, while the Clippers will “host” the Lakers that same night at Staples Center.
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Written by Taylor Smith
Taylor Smith is a writer for the Los Angeles Clippers, and covers the Los Angeles Dodgers for ProSportsBlogging.com.