Clippers manhandle Kings 116-81
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jamal Crawford isn't the only player who can provide offense and leadership off coach Vinny Del Negro's bench.
Matt Barnes and Eric Bledsoe were equally instrumental in leading the Los Angeles Clippers to their most lopsided victory over the Sacramento Kings franchise, while allowing all of the starters sit out the fourth quarter.
Crawford, Bledsoe and Barnes combined for 43 points, leading seven Clippers in double-digit scoring en route to a 116-81 blowout on Saturday night. Blake Griffin had 14 points and nine rebounds, Chris Paul had 14 points and five assists, and DeAndre Jordan had 13 points and six boards as they beat Sacramento for the fourth straight time.
"The goal of a bench is to increase the lead, or get the lead back," said Barnes, who made his first five shots — including a pair of 3-pointers — and finished with 12 points.
"It's something that's got to be done. You never want to give the lead up, and I think we did a good job of that tonight. It's a long season, and it's important to get the production out of your starters and your bench. That's an effective way to go far in the playoffs."
Chauncey Billups scored only six points in his second game since recovering from a torn left Achilles tendon that sidelined him for the final 38 games of last season and the first 14 this season. But the Clippers outscored Sacramento 41-22 while he was in the game. They finished with only five turnovers — while converting 17 turnovers by the Kings into 27 points.
"We just made the right plays," Paul said. "We didn't wait. When double-teams came, guys didn't hold onto the ball. When you make the right play and make the right passes, turnovers are limited. We got out in transition and just executed. The ball moved and everybody touched the ball. We're pretty dangerous when that happens."
Marcus Thornton scored 20 points for the Kings, and Jason Thompson had 16 points and 12 rebounds. Tyreke Evans missed his second straight contest with a bruised left knee.
"It was very frustrating," Thompson said. "They were pretty much getting anything they wanted on the offensive end, and we obviously didn't make it better by not scoring in the beginning. We got ourselves into a hole that we couldn't get out of. You know the focal points over there, the guys who are going to get most of the touches, and you try to limit that. But most of their guys couldn't miss a shot."
DeMarcus Cousins finished with eight points and six rebounds in just 18 minutes after sitting out the entire second and fourth quarters. The Kings are 1-7 in head-to-head matchups between Cousins and Griffin. In the seven previous meetings, Griffin averaged 20.6 points, 12.0 rebounds and was shooting 60.2 percent from the field while Cousins averaged 11.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 35.7 percent shooting.
Sacramento is 0-6 on the road — the club's worst start since 2007-08, when the Kings lost their first nine to tie a franchise record. The league's only other winless road team is Washington (0-7).
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