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[SACRAMENTO] — The Sacramento Kings played host to the Los Angeles Clippers last night but couldn't manage to leave much of an impact, failing to keep up with their visiting rivals and eventually succumbing in a 98-106 defeat. The loss bumps Sacramento's record down to 15-21 on the season, while the victory gives Los Angeles a 25-14 total on the year. It's not overly surprising that the Kings would end up losing this one consider they did little to establish themselves as dangerous threats. Perhaps the showing can serve as an essential building block for the team in the days to come.
An impressive performance from DeMarcus Cousins led all players in the contest and his 25 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 blocks and 3 steals in 35 minutes will make many-a-fantasy owner proud. Most importantly, the Clippers managed to prevail where it mattered most and will happily add another victory to their season total. So long as Cousins keeps producing at this rate and Los Angeles keeps winning ball games, everybody - from fantasy owners to the team coaching and executive staff - will be more than satisfied.
Though Sacramento didn't end up getting it done when it mattered most, Chris Paul did walk away with the small consolation of an attractive 14 points, 6 rebounds and 12 assists. Whether another bright individual performance can help them get the result they want on the scoreboard next time, however, remains to be seen.
Individual performances aside, if there's one area where the Kings can improve, it's on the defensive side of the ball. Though Sacramento wasn't terrible in the ball game, there's no denying that a stricter focus on limiting their opponents could serve them well the next time they collide with a worthy foe.
The loss hurts for the homeside but they'll get their opportunity to regain ground in a pending matchup with the . The Clippers, meanwhile, will set their sights on a run-in with the .
Cousins 62.0 FP
Paul 49.5 FP
Jordan 42.5 FP
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