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|CLIPPERS AT KINGS RECAP ó Sean Nami|
After a rough shooting performance in their first preseason game, the Clippers fired back with a vengeance on Thursday night as they knocked off the Sacramento Kings by a score of 120-88. The Clippers were red hot from the field all night and shot 53.9 percent as a team. Even after putting up 120 points, the Clippers displayed what they can do on the other end of the court as they held Sacramento to just 41.3 percent shooting from the field.
Blake Griffin looked impressive throughout his 23 minutes on the court as he led the team in rebounds and finished second in points. The rookie finished a perfect 7-for-7 from the field with 18 points and 13 rebounds. Even more notable; all of Griffinís production came in the first half. In what was undoubtedly the play of the night, Griffin topped off his act by throwing down a monstrous dunk on one of his biggest fellow competitors for the Rookie of the Year title in DeMarcus Cousins.
Eric Gordon made his preseason debut and carried the way by shooting the ball with confidence, finishing the night with 12 points in 20 minutes. The Clipper offense was in full effect in the first half, scoring 63 points and taking a huge 25 point lead over the Kings.
With Baron Davis and first year point guard Eric Bledsoe inactive, Chris Kaman looked to play a more aggressive role on the offensive end in the post against Cousins. Kamanís 20 points came in just 22 minutes of action, as he shot an efficient 7-of-12 from the field.
The Kings were troubled by the Clippers defense all night as they couldnít seem to get things going on offense. Last seasonís Rookie of the Year, Tyreke Evans, finished the night with 11 points in limited minutes while Cousins led the Kings with 15 points. Carl Landry was another bright spot for the Kings, as he finished with a solid 14 points and 5 rebounds coming off the Kings bench.
The Clippers have been eager to play in coach Del Negroís up-tempo system throughout the summer, yet itís been clear from the start that Del Negro wanted to see a ton of effort on the defensive end and have his big men clean up on the boards. The Clippers answered the bell by winning the rebounding matchup 45 to 37.
Stepping into the starting point guard role tonight was Randy Foye. The ball movement was fluid with Foye as the conductor of the offense, and he finished with 7 points, 8 assists and no turnovers.
Another Clipper who shined with his performance was Al-Farouq Aminu. Aminu lit up his opponents shooting 6-13 from the floor and finishing with 17 points, including two 3s, with 8 rebounds to boot. This is an encouraging sign for the rookie, as he came out aggressive after a difficult first preseason game. The Kings also had no answer for big man Craig Smith, as he controlled the paint from the moment he checked in. Smith was one of seven Clippers to reach double figures and finished with 10 points.
The drastic improvement from the Clippers in just one preseason game shows the promise and potential that this roster has. Although the Kings are a young team, the Clippers ability to learn from previous mistakes and apply them to the next game speaks volumes about the teamís character. The Clippers wonít be shooting that high of a percentage from the field every game, but if they come out with the same energy and focus on defense as they had tonight, they wonít have to.
The Voice of the Clippers, Ralph Lawler provides the postgame audio recap.
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