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Clippers cruise past Kings 122-108 for 3rd straight win

LOS ANGELES (AP) Without Danilo Gallinari lately, the Los Angeles Clippers have gone small. Their sparkplug has been Patrick Beverley.

The veteran guard had 16 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists on Sunday, helping the Clippers beat the Sacramento Kings 122-108 for their third straight victory.

''Pat has been MVP or key to us in this run,'' coach Doc Rivers said. ''He's a tough-guy competitor and holds every guy accountable on the floor.''

Missing Gallinari for five games due to lower back spasms, the Clippers went 3-1 on their recent road trip. They opened with a win at San Antonio in which Beverley became the only player 6-foot-1 or shorter to log 18-plus points, 12-plus rebounds, five-plus assists, four-plus steals and one block or more in over 25 seasons.

''We're sharing the ball and everybody is playing well,'' Beverley said. ''We're just hanging our hat on defense. We're locked in from shootaround to the end of the game.''

Montrezl Harrell led the Clippers with 25 points in Sunday's victory. Tobias Harris added 18 points, and Lou Williams had 12 points and 10 assists. Rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 17 points.

Sacramento never led, but made a run to start the fourth. Down 87-76, the Kings twice closed within five. They got a basket and rim-rattling dunk by Willie Cauley-Stein and six straight points by Bogdan Bogdanovic.

Then the Clippers took off.

Harris' 3-pointer beat the shot-clock buzzer, Avery Bradley tossed in a 3 and Harrell reeled off seven in a row as part of a run that kept the Clippers ahead 110-97.

The Clippers had 35 assists on 42 field goals.

''That's who we have to be,'' Rivers said.

De'Aaron Fox led Sacramento with 21 points. Bogdanovic added 19 points off the bench and Cauley-Stein had 12 rebounds.

The Kings are 0-3 against the Clippers this season despite rallying in each game.

''It's one of the best scoring teams in the league,'' Fox said of the Clippers. ''It's hard to stop them when they get rolling offensively.''

The Kings cut their deficit from 16 points to seven in the third. Fox and Iman Shumpert combined to score 15 of Sacramento's 17 points to start the period. Fox hit a 3-pointer and Shumpert added two from long range.

The Clippers got a 3-pointer from Harris and a dunk by Harrell to lead 87-76 going into the fourth.

Los Angeles got off to a fast start. The Clippers shot 52 percent from the floor in the first half and led by as many as 25 points.

TIP-INS

Kings: They fell to 11-15 on the road and 5-10 vs the West.

Clippers: F Gallinari likely will return in the next game or two. He has missed five in a row. ... Harrell turned 25 on Saturday. ... Williams' first triple-double at Chicago on Friday occurred in his 904th career game. Only Zach Randolph at 974 games logged his first later in his career.

ALL-STAR BID

Harris came in averaging a team-leading 21.1 points for the Clippers, who at 28-22 are holding down the eighth spot in the rugged Western Conference. The eighth-year pro is seeking his first All-Star berth.

''I feel like I've been playing at that level,'' he said.

Rivers said Harris' numbers plus the fact that he's playing on a winning team in the West solidly state his case.

''I just hope he gets voted on,'' the coach said.

UP NEXT

Kings: Host Atlanta on Wednesday in the opener of a six-game homestand.

Clippers: Host Atlanta on Monday in the second game of a back-to-back.

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Key Players
D. Fox
5 PG
T. Harris
34 SF
34.6 Min. Per Game 34.6
21.1 Pts. Per Game 21.1
2.5 Ast. Per Game 2.5
8.0 Reb. Per Game 8.0
46.3 Field Goal % 50.1
46.1 Three Point % 50.1
72.9 Free Throw % 88.5
+ 1 Iman Shumpert made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:15
+ 1 Iman Shumpert made 1st of 2 free throws 0:15
  Shooting foul on Tyrone Wallace 0:15
  Offensive rebound by Iman Shumpert 0:20
  Bogdan Bogdanovic missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:23
  Offensive rebound by Iman Shumpert 0:24
  Buddy Hield missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:27
+ 1 Shai Gilgeous-Alexander made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:35
+ 1 Shai Gilgeous-Alexander made 1st of 2 free throws 0:35
  Personal foul on Iman Shumpert 0:35
+ 1 Bogdan Bogdanovic made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:45
Team Stats
Points 108 122
Field Goals 37-93 (39.8%) 42-88 (47.7%)
3-Pointers 8-36 (22.2%) 11-29 (37.9%)
Free Throws 26-30 (86.7%) 27-29 (93.1%)
Total Rebounds 51 57
Offensive 15 14
Defensive 29 38
Team 7 5
Assists 18 35
Steals 12 6
Blocks 6 1
Turnovers 12 18
Fouls 26 28
Technicals 0 0
16 PTS, 4 REB, 5 AST
16 PTS, 10 REB, 8 AST
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away team logo Kings 25-25 21302532108
home team logo Clippers 28-22 34332035122
Team Stats
away team logo Kings 25-25 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Clippers 28-22 114.7 PPG 40.2 RPG 25.3 APG
Key Players
D. Fox PG 17.3 PPG 3.8 RPG 7.3 APG 45.8 FG%
M. Harrell PF 16.6 PPG 6.5 RPG 2.0 APG 61.5 FG%
Top Scorers
D. Fox PG 21 PTS 4 REB 3 AST
M. Harrell PF 25 PTS 7 REB 2 AST
39.8 FG% 47.7
22.2 3PT FG% 37.9
86.7 FT% 93.1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Fox 21 4 3 8/16 1/4 4/5 5 31 1 0 4 1 3 -12 28
I. Shumpert 16 6 2 5/13 3/9 3/4 5 31 0 2 0 2 4 -25 28
B. Hield 16 4 5 6/17 2/7 2/2 3 38 2 0 1 2 2 0 31
W. Cauley-Stein 9 12 3 2/5 0/1 5/6 4 31 2 0 1 3 9 +3 28
N. Bjelica 3 4 0 1/6 1/3 0/0 3 18 1 1 1 0 4 -12 8
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Fox 21 4 3 8/16 1/4 4/5 5 31 1 0 4 1 3 -12 28
I. Shumpert 16 6 2 5/13 3/9 3/4 5 31 0 2 0 2 4 -25 28
B. Hield 16 4 5 6/17 2/7 2/2 3 38 2 0 1 2 2 0 31
W. Cauley-Stein 9 12 3 2/5 0/1 5/6 4 31 2 0 1 3 9 +3 28
N. Bjelica 3 4 0 1/6 1/3 0/0 3 18 1 1 1 0 4 -12 8
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
B. Bogdanovic 19 1 2 5/13 1/7 8/9 2 31 3 0 1 0 1 -20 26
M. Bagley III 14 5 0 5/10 0/2 4/4 0 19 0 3 2 2 3 -1 20
Y. Ferrell 6 1 2 3/4 0/0 0/0 1 9 1 0 0 1 0 -7 12
H. Giles 4 3 0 2/5 0/0 0/0 1 11 1 0 0 3 0 -3 8
J. Jackson 0 4 1 0/4 0/3 0/0 2 16 1 0 2 1 3 +7 5
K. Koufos - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. McLemore - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Mason III - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Labissiere - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Gabriel - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. Randolph - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 108 44 18 37/93 8/36 26/30 26 235 12 6 12 15 29 -70 194
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
T. Harris 18 6 3 6/17 2/8 4/4 4 33 0 0 0 1 5 +9 30
S. Gilgeous-Alexander 17 4 5 5/9 0/1 7/7 3 31 2 0 1 2 2 -2 32
P. Beverley 16 10 8 5/10 4/5 2/2 4 35 1 1 2 2 8 +20 42
A. Bradley 12 6 6 4/8 2/3 2/2 4 36 1 0 2 1 5 +14 29
M. Gortat 4 7 1 2/3 0/0 0/0 2 13 0 0 3 0 7 0 10
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
T. Harris 18 6 3 6/17 2/8 4/4 4 33 0 0 0 1 5 +9 30
S. Gilgeous-Alexander 17 4 5 5/9 0/1 7/7 3 31 2 0 1 2 2 -2 32
P. Beverley 16 10 8 5/10 4/5 2/2 4 35 1 1 2 2 8 +20 42
A. Bradley 12 6 6 4/8 2/3 2/2 4 36 1 0 2 1 5 +14 29
M. Gortat 4 7 1 2/3 0/0 0/0 2 13 0 0 3 0 7 0 10
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
M. Harrell 25 7 2 11/13 0/0 3/4 3 29 0 0 2 5 2 +18 34
L. Williams 12 6 10 2/16 1/7 7/7 1 27 2 0 5 1 5 +16 35
M. Scott 8 1 0 3/4 2/2 0/0 0 13 0 0 2 0 1 +5 7
J. Motley 6 2 0 2/3 0/0 2/3 3 5 0 0 1 1 1 -4 7
J. Robinson 4 3 0 2/5 0/3 0/0 3 12 0 0 0 1 2 -6 7
T. Wallace 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
L. Mbah a Moute - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Gallinari - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Delgado - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Marjanovic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Thornwell - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Teodosic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 122 52 35 42/88 11/29 27/29 28 235 6 1 18 14 38 +70 233