NBA: Kings beat undermanned Clippers

FILE – Domantas Sabonis No. 10 of the Sacramento Kings. Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images/AFP

Domantas Sabonis led seven scorers into double digits with 24 points as the Sacramento Kings nearly led wire to wire in a 123-96 blowout against hosts Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday.

The Kings attacked the undermanned Clippers on the inside, beating Los Angeles 62-44 in the paint. Sabonis met Sacramento’s offensive approach with 10-of-11 shots from the floor and dished out six game-high assists.

All five starters from Sacramento scored in double digits. Keegan Murray broke out in the fourth quarter to effectively end any hope of a comeback in Los Angeles, scoring five field goals — including three 3-pointers — during that period.

Murray finished the tournament with 23 points and led the Kings with seven rebounds. De’Aaron Fox added 14 points, Kevin Huerter finished with 12 and Harrison Barnes shot 4 of 6 from the floor for 10 points.

Malik Monk came off the bench for 13 points, and Chimezie Metu — who played his college basketball just a few miles south of the Clippers’ Crypto.com Arena at USC — added 10 points on 3-of-3 shots from the floor .

The Clippers – once again playing without All-Stars Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, 3-point specialist Luke Kennard and spark-plug Norman Powell – were offensively off-balance throughout the competition.

Los Angeles shot just 33 of 93 off the floor and committed 17 turnovers. No clipper scored more than 18 points, which came off the bench from Brandon Boston Jr. with his season-high.

Boston shot 4-of-6 from 3-point range, but the rest of the Clippers only went 5-of-27 from deep.

Ivica Zubac finished with 13 points and 15 rebounds, which was a game high, and Terance Mann added another 13 points. John Wall completed Los Angeles’ double-digit tally with 12 points off the bench.

Jason Preston – a G League caller who helps the Clippers patch the various holes injuries have caused in the lineup – netted a career-high nine points. He had a total of five points in his NBA career as of Saturday.

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