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Clippers 104, Kings 98 (OT)

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SACRAMENTO -- On a night when he shot the lights out, Los Angeles Clippers guard Jamaal Crawford also showed he can make a dazzling pass or two. As a result, the Clippers survived without their two starting guards.

Crawford's 11th assist of the game, a dish to forward Blake Griffin alone under the basket for an easy dunk, provided the 17th and final lead change of the game, and the Clippers scored the game's final 10 points to beat the Sacramento Kings 104-98 in overtime on Friday at Sleep Train Arena.

The victory for Los Angeles was its third this season over the Kings without a loss. The Clippers did it this time without point guard Chris Paul (strained hamstring) for the entire game, and shooting guard J.J. Reddick (sprained wrist) for the entire second half.

Crawford canned a 3-pointer on the Clippers' next possession after Griffin's dunk and finished with a game-high 31 points. Griffin added 21 points and 12 rebounds and center DeAndre Jordan had 10 points and 15 rebounds for the Clippers (12-5).

Forward DeMarcus Cousins had 25 points and nine rebounds for the Kings (4-10), who have lost 12 of their past 14 to Los Angeles. Forward John Salmons and guard Ben McLemore added 14 points each for Sacramento. Point guard Greivis Vasquez had 11 points and seven assists.

Crawford's performance was especially timely for Los Angeles because the Clippers were more short-handed in the back court than they anticipated. Paul was ruled out before the contest started, but Reddick scored 13 points in 17 minutes during the opening half before landing hard on his back late in the second quarter and injuring his wrist.

Without them, the Clippers rode the scintillating shooting of Crawford, who torched Sacramento from inside and out. The 14-year veteran, on his sixth NBA team, made nine of his first 12 shots and made all four 3-pointers he attempted en route to his highest point total in two seasons.

NOTES: With G Chris Paul out, G Darren Collison made his first start of the season for the Clippers. Collison averaged 5.9 points in 14.9 minutes per game off the bench in Los Angeles' first 16 games. ... Kings F Derrick Williams made his first start of the season in his first appearance since being acquired from the Minnesota Timberwolves for Luc Mbah a Moute on Nov. 26. ... Clippers F Blake Griffin became the 24th active player to reach 5,000 points before the end of his fourth season in the NBA. He entered Friday night's game needing 12 points. He finished the game with 21 points. ... G Marcus Thornton, who did not play as a coach's decision in the previous four games, was the first man off the bench for Sacramento.
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