Sacramento Kings rout shorthanded Clippers 124-115

LOS ANGELES (AP) – De’Aaron Fox scored 24 points and Terence Davis added 23 in the Sacramento Kings’ 124-115 victory over the shorthanded Los Angeles Clippers yesterday.

Richaun Holmes had 16 points and 11 rebounds as the Kings snapped a two-game skid and improved to 3-3 under interim coach Alvin Gentry after a 6-11 start that led to Luke Walton’s firing last month.

Sacramento also bounced back solidly from a blowout loss at home to the Lakers one night earlier. The Kings blew a 14-point lead early in the third quarter of Tuesday’s defeat, prompting an intense film session before they faced a Clippers team without Paul George, Kawhi Leonard or Nicolas Batum.

“For most of the game, I thought we played to the level that we should, just from a competitive standpoint,” Gentry said. “They’re a good bunch of players, and I think they want to do the right thing. I just wanted to remind them that we have to do it on a consistent basis, but I thought the response was great.”

George sat out to rest, and Sacramento had little trouble with Los Angeles’ role players early on, jumping to a 20-point lead early in both halves and never trailing at Staples Center.

But five Clippers reserves led a 14-0 rally in the final minutes while the Kings still had four starters in the game, trimming Sacramento’s lead to eight points with 1:28 to play. Fox hit a clinching layup in the final minute.

“They were moving way faster than us, flying around, and we couldn’t keep up in that third quarter,” Clippers coach Tyronn Lue said. “We did some good things, but defensively was where they hurt us more than anything. You come in with a game plan, and then you have to adjust. We did that, but they were playing well.”

Sacramento Kings’ Terence Davis dunks as Los Angeles Clippers’ Serge Ibaka watches. PHOTO: AP