With one team focus on developing their young core and the other looking ahead to the postseason, the Sacramento Kings and Los Angeles Clippers locked up Wednesday night at the Staples Center for the season finale. The Clippers found their rhythm in the second half, pulling away from Sacramento for the 115-95 victory.
All five starters scored in double-figures for the Clippers, including a team-high tying 18 for J.J. Reddick. The sharpshooting guard knocked down 3-for-7 from long range and chipped in four assists as LA locked up the fourth seed in the Western Conference playoffs.
DeAndre Jordan shot 8-of-10 from the field to score 18 points and added 17 rebounds. Chris Paul went for 17 points and dished out nine assists. Blake Griffin barely missed the triple-double, finishing with 15 points, nine rebounds and eight assists and Luc Mbah a Moute added 14 points.
Arron Afflalo came to play against his hometown Clippers. The veteran wing scored 18 points on 8-for-11 shooting and added six assists in the loss.
Willie Cauley-Stein finished the season on a strong note, stuffing the stat sheet with 19 points, 14 rebounds, six assists and a block.
Buddy Hield went for a career-high 30 points against the Suns on Tuesday and he backed that up with 16 points on 7-for-15 shooting against Los Angeles.
With both Darren Collison and Ty Lawson sitting, Langston Galloway picked up another start. Galloway finished with 14 points and six assists in 41 minutes of action.
Ben McLemore chipped in 15 points on 6-for-13 shooting and Skal Labissiere added seven points and three rebounds as the Kings finished the season 32-50.
The Kings lost the game, but Cauley-Stein put up big numbers again for Sacramento. The second-year big plans on heading to Navy Seal training next month as he looks to add strength and endurance for next season.
The Kings kept it close through the first half, but the Clippers experience won out after the intermission.
Veterans Garrett Temple, Kosta Koufos, Ty Lawson and Tyreke Evans sat out for scheduled rest. Darren Collison missed his second straight game with a migraine headache. Rookie Malachi Richardson is officially out for the season with a right hamstring thickness tear. Rudy Gay is out for the year with a torn left Achilles.
The Kings season is officially over.