— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) March 27, 2017
The Clippers were dominant throughout the first, second, and third quarters of the game, but ultimately fell short due to a late 20-3 run by the Kings in the fourth, and succumbed to a humiliating defeat.
Willie Cauley-Stein (18 points, 4 rebounds) grabbed the game winning layup with just 3.2 seconds on the clock, after he snatched an offensive rebound off of Ben McLemore’s (8 points) missed layup.
L.A. struggled to make their shots late, as Paul Pierce (2 points, 6 rebounds), Chris Paul (17 points, 9 assists), and several other veterans continued to throw up hopeful jumpers and layups in a crowded paint to no avail.
CP3: “It’s a bad loss, probably the worst one in the regular season in my career. It’s tough. That was a bad one. That was a bad loss.”
— Jason Jones (@mr_jasonjones) March 26, 2017
In fact, it would be fair to say that the Clippers looked sloppy and almost lazy in possession towards the final few minutes, as arrogance began to seep in. This was exemplified when the Kings had cut their opponents lead down from 18 with over five minutes remaining, to 3 in the final two minutes. Buddy Hield, who scored 11 of his 15 total points in the fourth quarter alone, was particularly busy during the run.
The rookie shooting guard was a heavy contributor to the play of the game, as he drained back-to-back threes. Hield caught the Clippers off-guard, as he chased down and intercepted the inbound pass intended for Wesley Johnson, took it to the corner and effortlessly made the three, cutting the Clippers lead from nine to three in a matter of seconds.
The Kings went into Sunday’s game burdened with the daunting possibility that a loss could see them tie the Orlando Magic and New York Knicks for the fourth worst record in the entire league – a stat that adds to the humiliation for the red-faced Clippers.