LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kawhi Leonard scored 32 points, Paul George added 19 and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Sacramento Kings 115-96 on Wednesday night for their season-high fifth consecutive victory.
The Clippers handed the Kings a 38-point loss at their place last Friday. A new week didn’t change anything. Sacramento dropped its fourth in a row and sixth in seven games.
De’Aaron Fox scored 17 of his 25 points in the first half for the Kings. Glenn Robinson III added 14 points off the bench. Buddy Hield had 11 of his 13 points in the first half, when the Kings led by six.
George tied his career high with 12 assists. Ivica Zubac had 11 points and a season-high 12 rebounds.
The Clippers broke the game open with 34 points in the third quarter, when they had scoring runs of 9-0 and 13-0. Leonard and Zubac had five points apiece in the second spurt that helped send Los Angeles into the fourth leading 95-75.
Leonard had 10 points and George seven in the third. The Clippers repeatedly got stops on the defensive end, which helped them score in transition. They shot 52% from the field and limited the Kings to 19 points in the period.
The Kings barely outscored the Clippers 21-20 in the fourth, but they never seriously cut into their deficit.
Kings: They fell to 1-4 on the road overall, and have dropped four in a row away from home. … DaQuan Jeffries (left ankle sprain), Jahmi’us Ramsey (left groin strain) and Hassan Whiteside missed the game.
Clippers: They’ve made at least 15 3-pointers in five straight games, a franchise record. … Lou Williams had six points in his return after missing two games with left hip discomfort.
Kings: Host New York Knicks on Friday.
Clippers: Host Oklahoma City on Friday.