Game Recap: Kings vs. Clippers- The Thanksgiving edition.

Starting Line-ups

Kings

  • Luther Head
  • Tyreke Evans
  • Donté Greene
  • Carl Landry
  • Samuel Dalembert

Reserves:  Beno Udrih, Antoine Wright, DeMarcus Cousins, Jason Thompson, Omri Casspi, Darnell Jackson, Pooh Jeter.

Inactives:  Hassan Whiteside, Francisco Garcia (illness).

Clippers

  • Eric Bledsoe
  • Eric Gordon
  • Al-Farouq Aminu
  • Blake Griffin
  • DeAndre Jordan

Reserves:  Randy Foye, Rasual Butler, Jaron Collins, Brian Cook, Ryan Gomes, Craig Smith, Willie Warren.

Inactives:  Chris Kaman, Baron Davis.

First Quarter Recap

The game started with an attempted poster dunk by Blake Griffin over Samuel Dalembert.  Dalembert picked up the foul, but the call should have gone the other way when Griffin clearly cleared out Dalembert with his off arm.  The Kings responded on the other end with a Luther Head to Donté Greene ally-oop.  The Kings got off to an early 13-6 lead at the eight minute mark, using a three by Greene and a quick eight by Carl Landry.  The Clippers stormed back, taking the lead at 19-15 at the four minute mark of the quarter after an Aminu put-back stuff.  The first was a series of runs.  The Clippers led by five on the strong performance of their young starters.

Kings  25  Clippers  30

Leaders

Kings-   Landry (9) Points;   Landry (3) Rebounds;  Head (5) Assists.

Clippers-   Aminu (9) Points;  Jordan/Griffin (4) Rebounds;  Bledsoe (2) Assists.

Second Quarter Recap

The second quarter looked very similar to the first.  Both Carl Landry and Blake Griffin continued to go at each other, leading their teams in most offensive categories going into the half.  Omri Casspi came in and gave the Kings a nice lift off the bench with eight points and four rebounds, but he was one of the few bright spots for the reserves.  The Kings struggled to defend the pick and roll for the entire half and the Clippers took advantage.  Samuel Dalembert scored on a dunk in the second, ending a streak of fifteen consecutive missed shots.  Dalembert is a career 52.4% shooter from the field, but this season he is struggling, shooting just 34.9% over his first thirteen games of the season.  The Kings outscored the Clippers by one in the quarter but still trailed by four at the half.

Kings  50  Clippers  50

Leaders

Kings-  Landry  (15) Points;  Landry (6) Rebounds;   Head (6) Assists.

Jazz-   Griffin (15) Points;  Griffin (9) Rebounds;   Gordon/Bledsoe (3) Assists.

Team                 Kings         Clippers
FG%                     48.8                 52.6
Rebounds           20                     23
Assists/TO        14/3                 9/8

Third Quarter Recap

The Clippers used the third quarter to pull away from the Kings.  Guard Eric Gordon went off for twelve points and Blake Griffin continued his strong play, scoring ten points and dunking at will.  The Kings went away from what was working- mainly Carl Landry.  After scoring fifteen in the first half, Landry finished the quarter with only three more added to his total.  Tyreke Evans’ struggles continued.  The Kings guard was credited with his first basket at the four minute mark of the third when DeAndre Jordan goal tended a shot that had no chance of going in.  At the end of three, the Clippers led by fifteen.

Kings  69  Clippers  84

Leaders

Kings-   Landry (18) Points;  Landry (6) Rebounds;  Head (7) Assists.

Clippers-   Gordon (26) Points;  Griffin (13) Rebounds;  Griffin (5) Assists.

Fourth Quarter Recap

The fourth quarter was a continuation of the third.  The Kings repeatedly  ignored Carl Landry and the Clippers pushed the lead up to twenty, where it hovered for most of the quarter.  By the mid-way point, the loss was imminent and Coach Westphal went heavily to his bench.  Guard Luther Head (15 points, 7 assists) was one of the few Kings bright spots, not only having an effective offensive game, but also playing stellar defense on rookie Eric Bledsoe.  The Kings gave up way too many easy dunks on the night and fell to the Clippers by eighteen.

Kings  82  Clippers  100

Leaders

Kings-   Landry (18) Points;  Landry/Cousins (6) Rebounds;   Head (7) Assists.

Clippers-   Gordon (28) Points;  Griffin (15) Rebounds;  Gordon (6) Assists.

Team                    Kings         Clippers
FG%                        40.8                50.7
Rebounds              35                    45
Assists/TO          21/12             19/17

Player of the Game: Blake Griffin.  The Clippers “rookie” killed the Kings, going for 25 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists.  The Kings had no answer for the Clippers pick and roll, allowing the guards to break down the defense and feed Griffin for wide open hammer dunks.

The Difference Maker: Eric Gordon.  Gordon torched the Kings for 12 points in the critical third quarter.  Overall, he totaled 28 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds, killing the Kings both inside and out.

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James Ham provides coverage through news analysis and in-depth interviews with Kings players and staff. James is also one of the producers behind the award-winning, independent documentary "Small Market, Big Heart". James graduated UC Davis with a degree in history and is happily married with two children.