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
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
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
"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
Skinner blocked Maggette's bid for a game-winning layup at the
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