Cousins comes on strong as Kings stop Clippers’ win streak

Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins watches a shot by ;the Los Angeles Clippers go in. (Mark J. Terrill/AP)

LOS ANGELES — DeMarcus Cousins had 19 points and 13 rebounds, Omri Casspi added 17 points and the Sacramento Kings stopped the Los Angeles Clippers’ 10-game win streak with a 110-103 victory on Saturday night.

J.J. Redick scored 22 points, hitting five 3-pointers, and reserve Jamal Crawford added 20 points for the Clippers, who were tied with the idle Spurs for longest active win streak in the NBA.

Chris Paul, who finished with 15 points, hit two free throws that drew the Clippers to 104-101 with a minute left. Rajon Rondo turned the ball over on a bad pass, but his former Celtics teammate Paul Pierce missed a 3-pointer for Los Angeles and Sacramento’s Rudy Gay grabbed the rebound. Gay got fouled and made the first and missed the second.

Cole Aldrich dunked to get the Clippers to 105-103 before they fouled former Clipper Darren Collison. He made both for a 107-103 lead. Pierce’s inbounds pass was intercepted by Rondo, who got fouled and hit both free throws, helping the Kings improve to 7-12 on the road.

Aldrich had 19 points and 10 rebounds in his second start for the Clippers, who never led in the second half.

Gay added 18 points and Collison had 17. Casspi went 5 for 8 from 3-point range.

Sacramento twice led by nine in the fourth before Aldrich’s late scoring burst briefly rallied Los Angeles.

Pablo Prigioni’s 3-pointer pulled the Clippers to 82-79 going into the fourth quarter after they had trailed by eight. They outscored the Kings 19-18 in the third despite shooting 27 per cent in the period.

The Kings erased a seven-point deficit midway through the second quarter, going on a 24-13 run that produced a 64-60 halftime lead. Collison scored nine points, including a 3-pointer and a three-point play, and the Kings had three other 3s in the spurt.


Kings: They shot 55 per cent in the second quarter. … The Kings lost twice to the Clippers in their first three games of the season. … F Duje Dukan missed his 10th straight game with a bone contusion.

Clippers: They dropped to 9-1 when Redick scores 20 or more points. … They had a season-high 39 3-point attempts. … They had won 15 of their previous 17 against the Kings. … C DeAndre Jordan missed his second straight game because of pneumonia. … Injured Blake Griffin was on his feet coaching from the bench in the fourth.


Kings: At Lakers on Wednesday.

Clippers: Host Houston on Monday.

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