Clippers try to stay in hunt for playoff berth versus Sacramento
(Sports Network) – The playoff-hopeful Los Angeles Clippers conclude a two-
game homestand, as they host the Sacramento Kings this afternoon at the
The Clippers and Warriors are tied for the eighth and final playoff spot in
the Western Conference. They are just a half game behind the seventh-seeded
Lakers, who host the SuperSonics this evening.
On Friday, Cuttino Mobley scored 22 points and the Clippers stayed right in
the thick of the playoff chase with a 107-89 rout of the Portland Trail
Blazers at the Staples Center.
Elton Brand scored 20 points, while Corey Maggette and Chris Kaman ended with
17 points apiece for the Clippers, who have won two straight after dropping
three in a row.
The Clippers are 25-14 as the host this season. They will visit the Phoenix
Suns on Tuesday at US Airways Center before returning home to face the Hornets
at the Staples Center.
Sacramento plays its final road game of the campaign. On Friday, Stephen
Jackson scored 26 points and grabbed eight rebounds and Baron Davis tallied 25
points to lead the Golden State Warriors to an easy 125-108 victory over the
Kings at ARCO Arena.
Shareef Abdur-Rahim had 23 points and 14 boards to lead the Kings, who have
lost two straight contests. Kevin Martin registered 18 points and Francisco
Garcia netted 16 in defeat.
The Kings are just 12-28 on the road this season. Sacramento will finish the
season with a pair of home games against the Hornets on Monday and the Lakers
on Wednesday at ARCO Arena.
The Clippers are 2-1 against Sacramento this season. The Kings have won eight
of their last 10 at the Clippers.