National Basketball Association
L.A. Clippers 116, Sacramento 109
When: 10:00 PM ET, Friday, March 1, 2019
Where: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, California
#36 Brent Barnaky, #40 Leon Wood, #26 Pat Fraher
On a night that required balanced scoring, rookie Landry Shamet had 20 points and Danilo Gallinari added 19 as the visiting Los Angeles Clippers withstood a physical game between playoff contenders and earned a 116-109 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Friday.
Lou Williams scored 17 points as the Clippers solidified their hold on a playoff spot in the Western Conference with five weeks remaining in the regular season.
Buddy Hield scored 23 points despite 6-for-19 shooting, and Willie Cauley-Stein added 16 points and 12 rebounds for Sacramento. The Kings, who are now three games behind the seventh-place Clippers and 2 1/2 games back of the eighth-place San Antonio Spurs, could not take over down the stretch in their own arena.
It was the Kings who appeared to control the pace of the game with a quick offense and a physical nature, but the Clippers withstood the tempo and physicality even on a night when high-scoring reserve guard Williams had something of an off game.
As late as the final minute of the third quarter, Williams was stuck on four points as he struggled from both the field and the line despite being one of the better free-throw shooters in the NBA at 89.6 percent. Williams, who entered with a team-leading average of 19.9 points per game, scored 10 in the final quarter.
Gallinari took a key charging foul on Harrison Barnes with nine seconds remaining to preserve the victory.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Montrezl Harrell each scored 15 for the Clippers, while JaMychal Green had 11 rebounds. Barnes and Harry Giles III each had 15 for the Kings, while De'Aaron Fox had 12 points and 12 assists.
The first half was a tale of two quarters. The Clippers held a 26-23 lead after the opening quarter, and the Kings stormed back to take control for most of the second period, taking a 56-52 edge into halftime.
The Clippers, who lead the league in bench points with 53 per game, had just 16 from their reserves in the first half.
Los Angeles put together a 9-0 run midway through the third quarter to turn a deficit into a 71-64 advantage and held an 87-82 lead at the end of three quarters. Los Angeles then built the margin to 13 before the Kings closed in with a 10-0 surge.
The Clippers went a perfect 4-0 against the Kings on the season and have won each of the past nine meetings against Sacramento.
--Field Level Media
Top Game Performances
Landry Shamet 20
Buddy Hield 23
Lou Williams 4
De'Aaron Fox 12
JaMychal Green 10
Willie Cauley-Stein 12
Danilo Gallinari 8
||Free Throws Made
Buddy Hield 8
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 1
Bogdan Bogdanovic 1
Ivica Zubac 2
Willie Cauley-Stein 4
Team Stats Summary
Sacramento will play their next game at home against New York. The Kings have a W/L % of .452 after a win and .548 after a loss.
L.A. Clippers will play their next game at home against New York. The Clippers have a W/L % of .486 after a win and .621 after a loss.