Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Clippers don't care where their points come from right now. Down three starters, as they have been for most of the season, they will take them from anybody available. There were all types of sources Tuesday night in their 122-95 rout of the Sacramento Kings. Reserve Montrezl Harrell scored 22 points. Lou Williams added 21 more from the bench.
DeAndre Jordan added 13 points and 15 rebounds. And Jamil Wilson, a 27-year-old rookie who has played in Puerto Rico, Italy and the G League, started and scored a career-high 17 points. “At the end of the day, it's still basketball,” Wilson said. “The ball is still orange, the goal's still 10 feet. You try to use that to bring everything down to Earth. I've been playing the game my whole life.”
The Kings stayed with the Clippers early. It was a 30-all game at the end of the first period, but Los Angeles went on a 37-14 run to close the half and was never threatened again. The Clippers bench outscored their Kings counterparts, 72-43. “They got to penetrate the lane and spread out the 3, get to the line, and they just really controlled the game offensively,” said Sacramento center Willie Cauley-Stein. “They got to do whatever they wanted.”
The Clippers also got 10 assists from guard Milos Teodosic. “He is just a spectacular passer,” said Clippers coach Doc Rivers. After losing nine consecutive road games early in the season, Sacramento entered Tuesday's game having won five of their last nine away from home. Said coach Dave Joerger: “We settled in on a rotation. Guys are getting used to the league a little bit. They'd been scouted for the first time and have to be able to make those adjustments. And guys are continuing to improve on a daily basis.”
Clippers: Rivers said F Blake Griffin could return Friday against the Lakers. When Griffin sprained his medial collateral ligament in his left knee on Nov. 27, the team said he could be out eight weeks. Rivers on his early return: “I just know his work ethic has to have something to do with it. He gets a lot of heat for getting injured, but no one gives him credit for getting healthy.