Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 1/15

Game 1: Saturday, January 15th
Game 2: Monday, January 17th
Game 3: Friday, March 11th
Game 4: Saturday, March 19th

Kings 111

(41-26, 17-17 away)

Clippers 107

(29-37, 22-13 home)

    Coverage: CSNS

    7:30 PM ET, March 19, 2005

    STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA

    1 2 3 4 OT T
    SAC 19 28 19 35 10111
    LAC 24 21 30 26 6107

    Top Performers

    Sacramento: C. Mobley 24 Pts, 5 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl

    Los Angeles: C. Maggette 28 Pts, 12 Reb, 7 Ast, 1 Blk

    Sacramento defeats Clips for ninth straight time

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Sacramento Kings and Los Angeles Clippers played four games this season that could have gone either way -- and the Kings won them all.

    Cuttino Mobley scored 15 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, Mike Bibby had two key baskets in overtime and the Kings swept the season series from the Clippers with 111-107 victory on Saturday night.

    The Kings have beaten the Los Angeles nine straight overall, but this season's wins were by a combined total of 15 points.

    "They played us tough," Mobley said. "It's not like we've blown them out or anything. That's a good team."

    Peja Stojakovic had 24 points and Kenny Thomas added 16 for the Kings, who are three games behind Dallas in the race for fourth place in the Western Conference standings and homecourt advantage in the first round of the playoffs. They are is 7-7 since the trade that sent Chris Webber to Philadelphia for Thomas, Brian Skinner and Corliss Williamson.

    Corey Maggette had 28 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists for the Clippers, who are six games behind Denver for the eighth and final postseason berth in the West with 16 games remaining. Elton Brand scored 22 points after getting only six in Friday's 115-96 loss at Denver -- which ended his string of 39 consecutive games in double figures.

    Rookie point guard Shawn Livingston returned to the Clippers' lineup for the first time since Feb. 15, scoring six points with three assists in 27 minutes. He sat out 13 games because of torn cartilage in his right shoulder.

    "I felt fine, but my timing was off," Livingston said. "I have to get my legs back and my conditioning needs to get better."

    Livingston, picked fourth overall in the draft out of high school, has played in only 14 games. He was sidelined for 39 games because of a dislocated right kneecap, then played only twice before injuring his shooting shoulder.

    Livingston missed his first three shots and finished 2-for-7.

    "We had him out there just trying to get him comfortable," coach Mike Dunleavy said. "Basically, at the end we were using him for his length and his defense. I love his attitude, his I.Q. for the game, his tenacity."

    The Kings, who came in averaging a league-leading 24.5 assists, had only three in the half and finished with 16.

    The Kings never trailed in the extra period. Bibby, whose buzzer-beating 22-footer beat the Clippers 113-112 in their previous meeting, gave the Kings a 109-105 lead with a driving layup and 15-footer jumper 33 seconds apart.

    Livingston hit a running jumper at the other end with 1:59 to play, but the Clippers didn't score again. Mobley sank two free throws with 4.2 seconds left.

    Bibby scored 19 points and was 6-for-20 from the field in 40 minutes, his seventh straight game of at least 40 minutes.

    Playing in front of their fifth sellout crowd of the season, the Clippers led by 12 after Mikki Moore opened the fourth quarter with a three-point play. But Sacramento held them to just one basket during a 19-8 run that narrowed the gap to 86-85 with 3:02 left in regulation.

    "We started helping each other defensively, and then things just came around," Bibby said. "On offense, we just started getting people the ball in the right spot."

    "I was just trying to be aggressive," Mobley said. "Me and Mike want the ball in our hands. If one guy doesn't have it, the other one does. You've got to live and die with that."

    The lead changed hands six times in the final two minutes before Maggette's two free throws put the Clippers back in front 98-97 with 36.3 seconds left. But Bibby's 21-footer from the top of the key gave Sacramento a 99-98 edge with 32.1 seconds on the clock.

    "They've got three guys that can really stroke it -- Mobley, Stojakovic and Bibby," Dunleavy said. "They hit some incredible shots. Not many people can make those kind of shots."

    Maggette missed an off-balance 17-footer and Thomas sank two free throws at the other end, but Simmons drained a 26-footer from the left sideline to tie it at 101 with 10.4 seconds left in the fourth.

    Skinner blocked Maggette's bid for a game-winning layup at the fourth-quarter buzzer.

    Game notes

    Sacramento's next victory will make Rick Adelman the 15th coach in NBA history with 700 regular-season victories. ... Los Angeles placed G Kenny Anderson on the injured list because of back spasms. ... The differential in Sacramento's four-game sweep of the Clippers last season was 49 points. ... Clippers guard Marko Jaric missed his third straight game because of a hip pointer. ... Of Sacramento's 41 victories, 21 have been decided by six points or fewer.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 111 107
    FGM-FGA 40-97 (.412) 38-86 (.442)
    3PM-3PA 7-21 (.333) 2-5 (.400)
    FTM-FTA 24-27 (.889) 29-33 (.879)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 12-43 12-50
    Assists 16 24
    Turnovers 7 19
    Steals 8 1
    Blocks 4 10
    Fast Break Points 6 9
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (1/0) 28 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 6 12

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles
    Cuttino Mobley Mobley
    Points: 24
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Corey Maggette Maggette
    Points: 28
    Reb: 12
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1