Artest, Kings dominate Clippers
Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) – Ron Artest scored 28 points and pulled down
eight rebounds, as the Kings continued their domination of the Clippers with a
Mike Bibby contributed 19 points and 10 assists for Sacramento, which beat Los
Angeles for a 14th straight time overall and 17th consecutive time at ARCO
The Kings, who won their third straight, played solid ball-control offense
with 21 assists against just seven turnovers. They ended the game on a 17-4
“I thought our defense in the fourth quarter was phenomenal,” Kings coach Eric
Musselman said. “I thought in the second half we did defensive rebound much
better than we did in the first half.”
Brad Miller, in his second game back from a left foot injury, had 12 points
and eight boards for the Kings.
Shaun Livingston had 20 points for the Clippers, who dropped their fifth
straight overall and fell to 0-6 on the road. Their last win over the Kings
came January 18, 2003, and their previous victory at Sacramento was November
Although Los Angeles outrebounded the Kings, 56-44, the Clippers shot an
abysmal 30.6 percent from the field.
“We couldn’t make any of our open shots,” Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said.
“But, we did a good job taking care of the basketball, making our free throws,
and keeping ourselves in the game for a long time.”
Cuttino Mobley’s three-pointer tied the game at 76 for the Clippers with 8:50
remaining, but the Kings responded with a 9-0 run to stay in front. Miller
drained a 21-foot jumper and Bibby hit a pair of shots, including a three.
Artest’s jumper capped the flurry with 4:34 left.
Mobley ended with 16 points, while Elton Brand totaled 13 points and 18 boards
for the Clippers, who also got 12 points from Tim Thomas.
It was tied at 23 after one quarter and the Kings led 47-45 at the half and
70-67 going into the fourth.
The Kings have won 27 of the 32 meetings…The Clippers had 15 assists and
eight turnovers…The Kings next travel to Dallas and San Antonio for games
Friday and Saturday, respectively.