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Griffin's late jumper, 33 points lead Clippers over Kings

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Blake Griffin sent the Clippers home happy.

Griffin made a 10-foot jumper with 3.2 seconds remaining and had a season-high 33 points to lead Los Angeles over the Sacramento Kings, 97-95 on Saturday night.

The Clippers squandered a 10-point, fourth-quarter lead, but Griffin gave them a second straight victory to end their five-game road trip.

''We'll take the wins however we can get them,'' said Griffin, who made 13 of 25 shots and added five assists. ''We can play with anyone, no matter how banged up we are.''

It's been a difficult time for the Clippers in the post-Chris Paul era. After opening the season with four straight wins, injury-plagued LA has dropped 11 of 12 games before winning their last two.

After Buddy Hield made consecutive 3-pointers to tie the game at 95, the Clippers called timeout and designed a play for their perennial All-Star forward.

Griffin drove toward the basket, then pulled up for the jumper over Willie Cauley-Stein.

''It was the play we wanted, but it was too early,'' Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. ''But he knew he had to take the shot.''

On their final possession, the Kings went to Hield, who had 16 points in the fourth quarter. But DeAndre Jordan forced him to penetrate instead of taking a 3-pointer. Hield's wild left-handed runner at the buzzer wasn't even close.

''He could have blocked it? I don't know. I just couldn't get my right hand over the ball,'' Hield said.

Lou Williams made four 3-poiners and had 18 points for the Clippers, who have beat the Kings 10 straight times in Sacramento. Austin Rivers added 14 points and Jordan had 16 rebounds.

Hield had career highs of seven 3-pointers and 35 points. Zach Randolph added 17 points and seven rebounds, and Bogdan Bogdanovic and George Hill each had 10 points.

Sacramento had won four of its previous five games at Golden 1 Arena and appeared to be headed for another win after leading by 18 points early in the third quarter.

But the Clippers ran off 17 unanswered points, including three consecutive 3-pointers by Williams.

''The first four minutes of the third quarter, all we did is take jump shots,'' Kings coach Dave Joeger said. ''We were less aggressive and they were the aggressors. They came out and made shots, made plays, and got loose balls. That's why they got ahead and we had to chase them at the end.''

Both Williams and Griffin had 12 points in the third, when the Clippers outscored the Kings 29-10.

TIP-INS

Clippers: Ex-Clipper Baron Davis was among the crowd. ... LA was again without injured starters Danilo Gallinari (sore hip) and Milos Teodosic (foot injury). Patrick Beverley underwent season-ending microfracture surgery on his right knee.

Kings: Sacramento shot 4 of 19 in the third quarter and had eight turnovers. They shot 58.5 percent in the first half. ... Rookie DeAaron Fox struggled, hitting 2 of 9 shots and finishing with four points and three assists.

HIELD A SPARK OFF THE BENCH

Hield began the season as a starter, but has blossomed coming off the bench. He's a primary reason why the Kings second unit often outscores the starters. That was the case against the Clippers when the bench held a 51-44 edge.

''Buddy Hield is a scorer. We had trouble containing him. He does what he does,'' Rivers said.

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UP NEXT

Clippers: Play the Lakers on Monday.

Kings: Visit Golden State on Monday.

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Key Players
B. Griffin
32 F
Z. Randolph
50 F
24.1 Min. Per Game 24.1
12.9 Pts. Per Game 12.9
2.0 Ast. Per Game 2.0
5.9 Reb. Per Game 5.9
42.5 Field Goal % 47.4
41.4 Three Point % 46.8
77.9 Free Throw % 76.5
  Team rebound 0:00
  Buddy Hield missed floating jump shot 0:00
+ 2 Blake Griffin made fade-away jump shot 0:03
+ 3 Buddy Hield made 3-pt. jump shot 0:15
  Defensive rebound by Willie Cauley-Stein 0:30
  Lou Williams missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:33
  Team rebound 0:56
  Austin Rivers missed finger-roll layup 0:57
+ 3 Buddy Hield made 3-pt. jump shot 1:20
  Personal foul on Blake Griffin 1:34
  Defensive rebound by Garrett Temple 1:34
Team Stats
Points 97 95
Field Goals 38-80 (47.5%) 38-83 (45.8%)
3-Pointers 9-28 (32.1%) 11-21 (52.4%)
Free Throws 12-13 (92.3%) 8-9 (88.9%)
Total Rebounds 46 43
Offensive 6 8
Defensive 31 29
Team 9 6
Assists 23 19
Steals 11 9
Blocks 5 8
Turnovers 16 18
Fouls 13 17
Technicals 1 0
33 PTS, 4 REB, 5 AST
27 PTS, 5 REB, 2 AST
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away team logo Clippers 7-11 2522292197
home team logo Kings 5-14 3130102495
Team Stats
away team logo Clippers 7-11 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Kings 5-14 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
B. Griffin F PPG RPG APG FG%
B. Hield G 13.5 PPG 3.8 RPG 1.9 APG 44.6 FG%
Top Scorers
B. Griffin F 33 PTS 4 REB 5 AST
B. Hield G 27 PTS 5 REB 2 AST
47.5 FG% 45.8
32.1 3PT FG% 52.4
92.3 FT% 88.9
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Griffin 38 33 4 5 1 0 2 2 13/25 2/7 5/5 2 2 46 +7
L. Williams 36 18 3 8 4 1 6 1 6/14 4/7 2/2 0 3 36 +2
A. Rivers 37 14 1 7 1 0 4 3 6/14 1/5 1/1 0 1 26 +8
W. Johnson 39 8 4 0 1 1 0 0 3/5 2/3 0/0 0 4 14 +9
D. Jordan 28 5 16 0 1 1 2 4 2/4 0/0 1/2 2 14 21 -7
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Griffin 38 33 4 5 1 0 2 2 13/25 2/7 5/5 2 2 46 +7
L. Williams 36 18 3 8 4 1 6 1 6/14 4/7 2/2 0 3 36 +2
A. Rivers 37 14 1 7 1 0 4 3 6/14 1/5 1/1 0 1 26 +8
W. Johnson 39 8 4 0 1 1 0 0 3/5 2/3 0/0 0 4 14 +9
D. Jordan 28 5 16 0 1 1 2 4 2/4 0/0 1/2 2 14 21 -7
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Harrell 16 8 5 1 0 1 1 0 3/4 0/0 2/2 2 3 15 +15
S. Dekker 8 4 1 0 0 1 1 1 2/6 0/3 0/0 0 1 5 -4
J. Evans 5 3 0 2 1 0 0 1 1/2 0/1 1/1 0 0 8 -6
W. Reed 5 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 1 4 -7
S. Thornwell 19 2 1 0 1 0 0 1 1/3 0/1 0/0 0 1 4 -2
C. Williams 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 1 1 -5
D. Gallinari - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Beverley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Wilson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Teodosic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 97 37 23 11 5 16 13 38/80 9/28 12/13 6 31 180 +10
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
Z. Randolph 30 17 7 3 1 0 0 2 7/14 1/4 2/2 2 5 31 +4
G. Hill 23 10 3 3 0 0 1 2 4/7 1/2 1/2 0 3 18 +7
S. Labissiere 12 9 1 0 0 0 1 2 3/5 1/1 2/2 1 0 9 -6
G. Temple 32 4 2 1 1 3 2 3 2/7 0/2 0/0 0 2 10 +10
D. Fox 28 4 4 3 2 0 1 1 2/9 0/1 0/0 0 4 15 +4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
Z. Randolph 30 17 7 3 1 0 0 2 7/14 1/4 2/2 2 5 31 +4
G. Hill 23 10 3 3 0 0 1 2 4/7 1/2 1/2 0 3 18 +7
S. Labissiere 12 9 1 0 0 0 1 2 3/5 1/1 2/2 1 0 9 -6
G. Temple 32 4 2 1 1 3 2 3 2/7 0/2 0/0 0 2 10 +10
D. Fox 28 4 4 3 2 0 1 1 2/9 0/1 0/0 0 4 15 +4
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Hield 25 27 5 2 0 1 1 0 10/18 7/9 0/0 2 3 36 -4
B. Bogdanovic 22 10 1 1 2 1 5 2 4/8 1/2 1/1 0 1 11 -14
W. Cauley-Stein 29 9 6 3 2 3 2 0 4/10 0/0 1/1 2 4 24 +3
F. Mason III 9 5 2 1 0 0 3 3 2/2 0/0 1/1 0 2 6 -7
K. Koufos 22 0 6 2 1 0 2 2 0/3 0/0 0/0 1 5 9 -7
V. Carter - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Cooley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Sampson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Richardson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Papagiannis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Jackson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Giles - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 232 95 37 19 9 8 18 17 38/83 11/21 8/9 8 29 169 -10