In a complete performance, Chris Paul scored 22 points and added 9 assists and 6 rebounds to help the Los Angeles Clippers squeak by the Sacramento Kings, 103-102. The Clippers shot really well, finishing 33-68 (48.5%) from the field and 26-45 (57.8%) at the free throw line. Los Angeles (9-5) picked up the win after falling to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday.
Paul went 7-13 (3-4 from three-point range) in an efficient offensive performance. Other key players for Los Angeles included DeAndre Jordan with 17 points and 12 rebounds, and Blake Griffin with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Despite the loss, DeMarcus Cousins put up 23 points for Sacramento on 10-22 shooting from the field and 3-6 from the free throw line. He also tallied 19 rebounds and 7 assists. Isaiah Thomas chipped in 22 points and 5 assists and Patrick Patterson finished with 21 points and 7 rebounds.
The Clippers combined an eFG% of 56.6% with 44.0% 3-point shooting. They are undefeated (4-0) this year when registering marks above 55% and 40% in those respective statistics. The Kings, on the other hand, are winless (0-3) when allowing opponents to hit those marks.
This drops Sacramento (4-8) to 0-2 against Los Angeles on the year.
Coming up next, the Clippers square off with the Chicago Bulls, who are 6-5 on the year. The Kings match up against the Los Angeles Lakers, currently 6-7 this season.