The Sacramento Kings Kent Bazemore (26) gestures after making a bucket against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center Saturday afternoon (photo from ap)
By Jeremiah Salmonson
The Kings were coming off a solid performance against the Memphis Grizzlies. The Kings were able to beat the Grizzlies coming off of the All-Star break to start the home stretch off right. On Saturday, the Kings were looking to continue to good play against the LA Clippers at Staples Center for a 12:30 PM PST.
In the first half, it appeared both teams were on autopilot. Neither team really seemed to lock into a grove. However, the Kings consistent defense and enough offensive output led the Kings to a first half lead over the Clippers. The Kings, led by Kent Bazemore managed to build a 54-48 lead going into the half.
Leading the way for the Kings in the first half was Bazemore who managed to score 15 points. The Clippers received the largest contribution of the first half from Kawhi Leonard who scored 14 points. The Kings needed to keep up the defensive intensity in order to win the game.
In the second half, the Kings were able to keep it up in the early going. However, the Clippers managed to come back and take their first lead of the game midway through the fourth quarter. The Clippers had found a lineup in which they were able to score. The question would be who could continue their success and win the game. That would be the Sacramento Kings. The Kings were able to lock out the Clippers the rest of the way and win by a final of 112-103.
It was a great win for the Kings who received a tremendous performance from Kent Bazemore who scored 23 points with four steals and a block. The Kings are flying high on both needs of the floor. Beating the Clippers on the road could go a long way in how this team ends the season. It could help spark a surge.
Next: Kings travel to the Bay Area to take in the Warriors on Tuesday night.