Bazemore scores 23 as Kings continue winning ways over Clippers
Los Angeles (AFP)
Reserve Kent Bazemore scored 23 points as the Sacramento Kings are off to a roaring start to the second half of the season with a 112-103 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday.
De'Aaron Fox and Bogdan Bogdanovic each scored 20 points for Sacramento, who were coming off Thursday's 129-125 win over Memphis in their first game back after the All-Star break.
Harry Giles had 14 points and 12 rebounds, while Harrison Barnes added 13 points for Sacramento. Nemanja Bjelica tallied 10 points and seven rebounds in front of the crowd of 19,060 at Staples Center arena.
Fox had a team-high eight assists for the Kings, who have won five of their last seven.
The Kings blew out the Clippers 124-103 in their most recent meeting in Los Angeles last month as Fox scored a career-best 34 points and the team set a franchise record for three-pointers made with 21.
The Kings overcame a solid performance on Saturday by Kawhi Leonard, who led the Clippers with 31 points.
But Leonard was the only starter to score in double figures as the Clippers starters were outscored 77-57 by the Kings' top five.
The Clippers are in second place in the Pacific Division but have been plagued by inconsistency and injuries this season. Saturday's defeat marked their first contest since the break and it extended their losing skid to three straight.
Lou Williams finished with 24 points and Montrezl Harrell had 16 points and 10 rebounds off the bench for Los Angeles.
The Clippers played without injured Paul George (hamstring) and Patrick Beverley (groin).
Giles finished off an alley-oop pass from Bogdanovic with 58 seconds left for a 109-101 advantage. After Leonard made a bucket to cut the deficit to six, Fox scored on a drive in the lane to put the lead back to eight and put it out of reach.
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