SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul didn't let a slow start against the Sacramento Kings throw him off course.
A quick pep talk by coach Doc Rivers and some encouraging words from his teammates convinced Paul to keep jacking up shots until they started to fall.
Just like that, Paul's sizzling start to the season rolled on.
Paul had 26 points and 10 assists for his third straight double-double, and the Clippers came back after blowing a 15-point lead in the second half to beat the Kings 110-101 on Friday night.
"I came out a little slow and tried to let the game develop, but I can't be that way," Paul said. "I have to be more aggressive. Once I got more aggressive, that opened up things for everybody."
Blake Griffin added 20 points, 17 rebounds and six assists while reserve Jamal Crawford had 18 points for the Clippers, who have won two straight since a season-opening loss to the Lakers.
Six players scored in double figures for Los Angeles, which trailed 92-90 midway through the fourth quarter before going ahead for good on a 3-pointer by Paul. The Clippers' point guard had nine points over the final 6 minutes, including four consecutive free throws to extend the lead to 108-101.
Paul got into it with Sacramento center DeMarcus Cousins. The two exchanged words and had to be separated in the first quarter after it appeared Paul tried to push on Cousins' face while the Kings' center was on the ground.
Cousins later drew a technical in the fourth quarter after blocking a shot by Paul when he appeared to taunt the guard. Isaiah Thomas, who led the Kings with 29 points, was also hit with a technical foul while Los Angeles reserve Matt Barnes was called for a flagrant foul.
"It was a track meet and it was physical, too," Rivers said. "It had a little bit of everything."
The Clippers led most of the game and were ahead 66-51 early in the third quarter before the Kings made their best run of the night behind Thomas.
Thomas, Sacramento's diminutive backup point guard, scored seven points including a driving layup as he crashed to the court. That helped the Kings trim the gap to single digits, and Travis Outlaw's tip-in following Cousins' missed 18-footer cut the Clippers' lead to 79-77 heading into the fourth quarter.
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