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By JOHN KOSIK

Posted Nov 28 2013 5:04PM

The high-scoring Los Angeles Clippers have finally put up a few strong defensive efforts, though the competition had more to do with the results than anything else.

After winning for the first time this season without topping 100 points, the Clippers may have to rely on defense if their star point guard is slowed by an injury.

The Clippers seek their fourth straight victory overall and third in a row in Sacramento when they meet the Kings on Friday night.

Los Angeles (11-5) had been 0-3 when failing to reach 100 points before Wednesday's 93-80 victory over New York.

The win followed a 121-82 blowout of Chicago on Sunday, but the Clippers shouldn't be too excited over clamping down on a plummeting Knicks team that has lost seven straight and a Bulls squad reeling from another season-ending knee injury to Derrick Rose.

Los Angeles had been allowing 104.9 points per game prior to those victories.

Blake Griffin had 15 points and 13 rebounds, and Chris Paul had 15 points and seven assists against New York before leaving with a strained right hamstring.

"It's definitely a sign that things are going in the right direction," said Paul, who seemed confident he'll play Friday. "We're solid. We're starting to know where each other are going to be on both ends of the court. We have to do it consistently, especially on the defensive end, but we're getting there."

The Clippers have primarily relied on an offense that is second in the NBA with 107.0 points per game, and that was certainly the case in two wins over the Kings this month. Los Angeles won 110-101 in Sacramento on Nov. 1 and narrowly beat the Kings 103-102 at home Saturday.

"We're not going to win too many games on the offensive end, even as well as we're playing," point guard Darren Collison said Wednesday. "Defense is where it's at, and we did a good job tonight."

The Kings rallied from a 20-point deficit Saturday, and the Clippers needed a go-ahead free throw from Paul with 2.5 seconds left to hang on. Paul's record streak of 13 straight games with at least 10 points and 10 assists to start a season ended when he finished with nine assists in that one.

Sacramento, which has dropped 11 of 13 against the Clippers, followed Saturday's game with another defeat at Staples Center the next day in a 100-86 loss to the Lakers.

The Kings (4-9) scored only 13 in the third quarter and missed matching their season low for points by one.

Greivis Vasquez led Sacramento with 20 points and DeMarcus Cousins added 17 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.

Friday's game will likely feature the Kings debut of former No. 2 overall pick Derrick Williams, who was acquired Tuesday from Minnesota. Williams will be looking to establish himself after being stuck behind All-Star Kevin Love with the Timberwolves.

Williams was playing fewer than 15 minutes a game this season and was averaging just 4.9 points and 2.4 rebounds.

"I think my style of play and (Wolves coach Rick Adelman's) system just didn't really match up," he said. "I've never been a fifth option before. It was kind of tough trying to make plays and overdoing it sometimes."

The 22-year-old forward, who practiced with the Kings for the first time Wednesday, could form a formidable frontcourt tandem with Cousins.

He's shown flashes of that potential, particularly during a 12-game stretch last season starting Feb. 24 when he averaged 18.7 points. Love missed most of last season with a broken hand, giving Williams increased minutes.

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Silasie
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We play these guys all the time. Did we play them in pre season too? I hope we put them away properly this time.

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^ Third time in 17 games and i believe it was twice in pre-season.

Have to contain I. Thomas. Seems to always have a great scoring game vs us.

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Blake and Jordan need to shutdown Cousins this game.

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Agreed. Its the big guy and the little guy that seem to do most damage against us so we need to keep them under control.

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Paul playing will be a game time decision.

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No more Mbah A Moute on the Kings. Should make life a little easier for our wing players and Chris. Also, hopefully JJ remembers Outlaw.

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It will be interesting to see how the team and particularly Collison do if he doesn't play. Better that he is rested and 100% for the Pacers.

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yeah, it will be better for him to sit this one out. Besides this is what we brought in Collison for. Collison is more than capable of playing the point against the lowly Kings

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Paul is out! I'm glad they are resting him! Maybe somehow the Darren Collison of old will resurrect

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^ Glad they kept him out. He needs to rest and he will probably go vs Pacers.

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@DanWoikeSports: Doc said Chris could play Sunday vs Pacers, but he wants training staff to be extra conservative with long road trip looking.

SO NON-VINNY LIKE

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Who will play backup to Collison? Crawford? Green?

ClipperKyle32
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Starting Lineup -

Collison

Redick

Dudley

Griffin

Jordan

Bench -

Crawford

Green

Bullock

Jamison

Hollins

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I am happy Paul is not playing. Much better safe than sorry.

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If dc can keep the turnovers down I think he will do a really good job in Paul's place.

We definitely need our bigs to play good and stay out of trouble.

Will be interesting to see how Derrick Williams plays in a new system

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need to get it done tonight and play at a high level..

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Urgh, the Kings again. You just know that this will be Another tough game.

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Went to my local Marshalls today and found Blakes home jersey for $35.. Rocking it for this game Smile

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Blake Griffin will have the ball more often on his hands today so i expect a superb outing from him.

Defense needs to play at high level.

They got guys that love to play vs the clips. I Thomas, D Cousins, and now Williams.

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Great 1st possession from Collison.

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Who will be the second unit's PG???

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What makes DC a great pickup is he has starting PG experience so this isn't a "Shock" or "Prove myself" type of game. Just another day in the office.

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Good D so far by the LA Clippers.

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Someone needs to put an APB out on Reddicks shot.

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I second this.

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Blake is looking weak right now.

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Blake has to be baked right now.

JahvonTheClip
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Whenever a clipper puts their hands up its a foul. Roy hibbert always puts his hands up with no foul. Come on

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Collison is looking good with the first unit. Deandre is active as well.

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I love crawford, but putting him at PG can be a pleasant surprise if he uses his superior passing ability. Or a Disaster if he uses his superior Hot Dogging Ability.

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My biggest complaint about Brian Sieman is that he doesn't call the free throws right away. He waits for the two free throws before he tells you if any of them went in.

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DJ playing like a punk. He is easily bumped out of a play.

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^Griffin is not doing any better, specially on the O where we need him more. 2 fouls, 2 TOs, and 1 point.

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Our frontcourt hasn't showed up at all so far especially Blake geez.

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WTF DUDley missing 2 Freethrows. Then hollins watches the rebound on defense.

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yeah clips that is the way, ball watch the ball will go back to you.

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Annoying. He's just annoying

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So far so good considering BG and DJ were turdtastic so far. Food coma get to them?

ClipperPostman
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So all this time we really didn't need another big. All we had to do was play Jamison and bench Mullens. Who would have thought...

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Dirty play by cousins WTF.. Flagrant Foul....

JahvonTheClip
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Difference between Chris and Blake: Whens something doesn't go Chris' way he goes off, when something doesn't go Blake's way he doesn't play defense and pouts. He needs to get that cutthroat instinct

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It would still help to have a defensive big. The thing is Mullens is just so bad that almost any other backup big is a huge upgrade over him.

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I like the intensity of Jordan defensively rather than Blake full of energy.

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What happened to Redick?

Wish CP3 was healthy so he could humiliate that punk Vasquez like he did last time holding him to 0 points. lol

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The Clipper luck strikes again. Another injury. f***** ****.

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Reddick with sprained right wrist, really bad news..

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free willie in the second half. Redick out...

ClipperPostman
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It wasn't luck it was a dirty freaking play by Cousins. I'm getting sick of that dude for real.

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Yep just like that dirty play by that **** Zbo too. Someone needs to elbow Cousins in the eye. Maybe get Mullens to do it since he is dead weight anyway. So sick and tired of all these dirty players getting away with ****. Blake Griffin also a complete no show this game so far.

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