LOS ANGELES — Paul George scored 23 factors, Ivica Zubac had 15 factors and 12 rebounds and the Los Angeles Clippers received their fourth straight, beating the Sacramento Kings 117-98 on Saturday night time.
Norman Powell added 20 factors off the bench for the Clippers, who will face Minnesota on Tuesday within the play-in match. A victory would ship Los Angeles to the postseason for the fourth straight 12 months and a first-round matchup in opposition to Memphis.
A loss to the Timberwolves would have the Clippers assembly both New Orleans or San Antonio on Friday with yet another probability to make the playoffs. The winner of that recreation would then get the top-seeded Phoenix Suns.
Davion Mitchell led Sacramento with 22 factors, and Trey Lyles had 15.
The Clippers are 5-1 since George returned to the lineup. He is averaging 22.6 factors, 5.6 rebounds and 6.8 assists after he missed 43 video games as a result of an elbow damage.
George – who additionally had eight rebounds and tied a profession excessive with 12 assists – had 14 factors throughout the first quarter because the Clippers led all through.
Zubac recorded his twenty fourth double-double of the season and sixtieth of his six-year profession, however that is the primary time he did it by halftime with 13 factors and 12 rebounds.
The Clippers’ largest lead within the first half was 20 factors earlier than the Kings went on a late run to get inside 59-45 at halftime.
Sacramento then scored the primary seven factors of the second half to chop the margin in half. But Los Angeles started to steadily draw back once more. It went on a 19-5 run over the past 5 minutes of the quarter to once more put it out of attain to guide 92-71 going into the ultimate 12 minutes. Powell had 10 factors throughout the spurt.
Kings: Damian Jones had 12 factors and tied a profession excessive in an everyday season recreation with 4 steals. … Neemias Queta had 10 factors off the bench. … Josh Jackson reached 250 profession steals.
Clippers: Los Angeles was 21 of 43 on 3-pointers. It is the third time within the final 4 video games they’ve made at the least 20 from past the arc. … Marcus Morris scored 11 factors regardless of going 4 of 13 from the ground. … Luke Kennard and Isaiah Hartenstein added 10 factors apiece.
Kings: At Phoenix on Sunday night time. Clippers: Host Oklahoma City on Sunday night time.
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