January 6, 2017, 10:05 pm
The Sacramento Kings were unable to pull out the win Friday night while hosting the Los Angeles Clippers Friday night, losing 106-98. Sacramento made a great comeback attempt in the fourth, but they were unable to execute late in the game.
The Kings jumped out to an early lead, leading 29-19 after the fourth quarter, but after scoring just 12 points in the fourth, the Clippers fully regained control.
Here are some notes from the game:
- DeMarcus Cousins rebounded nicely in this game, finishing with a 25/11/7, and also had three steals and two blocks. After a tough game against the Heat, it was good to see Cousins get back to his old levels of production.
- Rudy Gay returned and was able to make an impact in his first game back, scoring 18 points and grabbing seven rebounds. Gay likely need more time before fully returning to the player he was before the injury, but his play tonight was encouraging.
- Willie Cauley-Stein and Ben McLemore didn’t see the floor tonight, and it appears that both are out of the rotation at the moment. Coach Joerger has been fairly inconsistent with minutes this season, but with both players struggling, their reduced role isn’t entirely surprising.
Sacramento has now lost two straight, and four of their last five games. The Kings will need to turn things around soon to stay in playoff contention, but with their next game against the Golden State Warriors, that won’t be easy.