Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/28

Game 1: Tuesday, November 28th
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Kings93
Game 2: Friday, December 29th
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Clippers102
Game 3: Friday, March 30th
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Kings101
Game 4: Sunday, April 15th
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Clippers100

Kings 93

(12-15, 4-8 away)

Clippers 102

(13-16, 11-6 home)

    Coverage: KXTV

    7:30 PM ET, December 29, 2006

    STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    SAC 24 21 24 2493
    LAC 25 21 34 22102

    Top Performers

    Sacramento: M. Bibby 26 Pts, 3 Ast

    Los Angeles: E. Brand 22 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast, 3 Blk

    Clippers get first win over Kings since January 2003

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- There was plenty of talk after the Los Angeles Clippers ended a 14-game losing streak to the Sacramento Kings. None of it came from Corey Maggette, who did a good job advertising himself in the midst of trade rumors.

    Elton Brand scored 22 points and Maggette added 21 in the Clippers' 102-93 victory Friday night in a matchup of the Pacific Division's two worst teams.

    It was the Clippers' first victory over the Kings since Jan. 18, 2003, when they won 112-107 in Los Angeles. The Kings' string of victories was the third-longest overall in the league.

    "The streak's over," Brand said. "There's no better time to win than right now. We've been struggling, so it's a big win for us."

    Los Angeles had lost seven of its last nine and 14 of 20.

    Mike Bibby scored 26 points to lead the Kings, who had their two-game winning streak snapped. Brad Miller added 15 and Kevin Martin 14.

    The game between Western Conference underachievers included the disgruntled duo of Maggette and Sacramento's Ron Artest, who was held to five points and three rebounds after scoring 28 in the Kings' win last month over the Clippers.

    There have been reports that Sacramento may deal Artest to the Clippers for Maggette, who is unhappy about his playing time and has asked his agent to pursue a trade.

    "I don't know how true those rumors were, but I was able to focus," Artest said. "Sac's been good to me. I enjoy it. But it's always good to know that another organization wants you. I know Tim Thomas, Elton Brand is a good friend of mine and Corey Maggette's a good friend of mine."

    Maggette came in averaging 14.8 points -- his lowest since 2001-02. He added seven rebounds and hit all seven of his free throws.

    He didn't appear at his locker to speak with reporters afterward.

    "Just because something is on TV or in the rumor mill, it's not anything until it happens," Brand said. "I've been talking to the guys about being professional like they are, especially Corey Maggette, just coming out and playing his game and not worried about that stuff because he can't change it."

    Brand has been fielding questions about what it would be like to play with Artest.

    "Until something happens, I'm worried about the players I have," he said. "I'd rather have Michael Jordan in his hey (day) if I'm just going to speculate."

    Former Clipper Maurice Taylor said the trade rumors haven't been a distraction.

    "I don't think it's having any effect on us at all because you don't know if anything will come to fruition," he said. "Obviously, if we lost one of our better players, it would be tough for the team. But you just leave that up to the front office. They're trying to make the team better."

    The Clippers gained their first double-digit lead of the game with a 17-5 run in the third quarter. Brand scored eight in a row and Maggette's basket capped the spurt that made it 67-56.

    Maggette and Mobley teamed for a 7-0 scoring spree and a pair of free throws by James Singleton extended the Clippers' lead to 80-64. Bibby and Francisco Garcia hit 3-pointers that drew the Kings within 11 heading into the fourth quarter.

    "The 12-minute stretch in the third quarter was the game," Kings coach Eric Musselman said. "Every quarter was tight with the exception of the third. In the first half, we did a solid job rebounding and things turned as soon as they went to the backboard stronger."

    No player on either team had double-digits in rebounds, although the Clippers owned a 38-34 edge.

    Brand's domination didn't extend into the final quarter, when the scoring load was spread around. The Kings got within seven twice before the Clippers pushed their lead to 13 points on consecutive baskets by Chris Kaman and Maggette.

    Bibby ran off seven in a row on layups and two free throws to draw the Kings to 97-90 with 3½ minutes left.

    But the Clippers didn't fold under the weight of their losing streak. Thomas and Cuttino Mobley scored on consecutive possessions for a 101-90 lead. Mobley finished with 17 points, Kaman had 14 and Thomas 11.

    The Kings went to Bibby again, and he responded with a jumper. He missed on his next trip down, but Miller got fouled going for the rebound and made one of two as Sacramento trailed 101-93.

    Bibby got hit with a technical after he appeared to trip heading downcourt and Maggette made the free throw to close out the win.

    Game notes


    The Kings fell to 4-2 on Fridays, with every game on the road. ... They failed to win three in a row in December. ... The Kings opened their eighth set of back-to-back games, going 4-4 in the first game. They play Golden State on Saturday night. ... Sacramento has had 20 or more assists in each of the last four games. ... Clippers G Sam Cassell was out for the fifth time in nine games because of plantar fasciitis in his left heel. ... C Kaman is sporting a short, conservative 'do after getting his long, stringy blond hair cut on the team's recent road trip. "He's not as intimidating as before. He looks like a little collegiate boy, but I like it," Brand said. "Now they attack him more, but he's blocking more shots."

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    SAC
    LAC
    Points 93 102
    FGM-FGA 32-76 (.421) 36-73 (.493)
    3PM-3PA 3-15 (.200) 4-10 (.400)
    FTM-FTA 26-33 (.788) 26-30 (.867)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-34 7-38
    Assists 20 19
    Turnovers 12 18
    Steals 8 6
    Blocks 6 8
    Fast Break Points 0 5
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (3/0) 26 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 7 16

    Top Performers

    Sacramento
    Los Angeles
    Mike Bibby Bibby
    Points: 26
    Reb: 0
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Elton Brand Brand
    Points: 22
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 3