The LA Clippers

Game Summary

In one of their final tune-ups before the postseason, the LA Clippers came out focused and ready. Paul George set the tone early starting of a perfect 4-4 from the field including 3-3 from three-point range. At one point, he had 14 points to the Kings total 13. Sacramento didn’t get on the scoreboard until about the eight minute mark. At the end of the first quarter, the Clippers had already built a double-digit lead, 31-16.

In the second quarter, the Clippers continued their strong play and built up a 56-36 lead at one point. Ivica Zubac had it going in the first half and he had a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds at halftime.

While the Clippers lead 59-45 at the half, things got a little careless in the third quarter. A few Clipper turnovers helped start a 16-3 Sacramento run that pulled them to within single digits at 59-52. But the Clippers had a response and Reggie Jackson, who had been off all game, finally got a shot to drop that pushed the Clippers lead back up to 67-54.

The Kings never seriously challenged from that point on and the Clippers were able to get the starters a little bit of rest in the fourth quarter.

What was important for the Clippers was how in sync both George and Powell have been since returning from injury. Neither one has shown any signs of lingering effects. George tied his career-high with 12 assists to go along with his 23 points and was three rebounds away (eight) from a triple-double.

Powell has done well in his bench role and against the Kings he had another strong game with 20 points on 4-6 shooting. With George and Powell back in the lineup, the Clippers have arguably the deepest team in the NBA.

This pretty much served as the Clippers last tune-up before heading to Minnesota on Tuesday for their play-in game as the team will likely rest multiple players in their regular season finale against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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