LOS ANGELES — DeAndre Jordan sat out with a sprained left ankle, his first game missed this season, but the Clippers cruised to a 126-105 win at home over the Sacramento Kings. Lou Williams led the way with 26 points, and Willie Reed chipped in with 14 points and 13 rebounds.
“I think our guys have bought into how we need to play,” head coach Doc Rivers said of the sustainability of the team’s success. “Even if we were healthy, we would need to play like this with the spacing, but not being healthy we have to play like this, and I think every single guy has bought into it. What I am really impressed with is guys who have come back like Blake [Griffin] or Milos [Teodosic], they have bought into how we have to play as well. They are giving the other guys room to still play the way they have been playing when they were out, and I think that has been very important. We’re scoring a ton of points, but I think the one thing that has been lost lately, is that our defense has been terrific, and we believe the only way we can be a good offensive team is to get defensive stops because that allows us to run.”
Griffin — one of eight Clippers in double figures — finished with 11 points and nine rebounds.
“I’ve had a blast this year even with all the injuries and having to be on the sideline, Griffin said of the team’s chemistry. “This team really bonds with each other, really vibes well with each other. I think we just play hard, we put guys in, guys are hurt, guys are injured, guys are out, we just play hard. I agree with [Doc Rivers] that this is a really fun team and we have kind of a special bond.”
It was without a doubt a team effort, but Willie Reed stood out thanks to a perfect night. He finished six-of-six for 14 points.
Montrezl Harrell added 11 points and 6 rebounds off the bench.
“I think we’re doing a really good job of playing our way, getting the ball out in transition, running the floor, finding open guys, sharing the ball,” Griffin said. “Lou [Williams] has been unbelievable, but it’s not really one guy’s show. Our second unit comes in, guys are scoring, guys are getting shots, we’re trusting defensively, and that’s been our biggest thing over the past four games.”