The Angelenos closed their preparation games in Orlando with a loss. On Thursday they restart the regular season against the Lakers.
Los Angeles Clippers seem destined to fight for the championship when the season of the NBA next Thursday. For now, this Monday the Angelenos put a closure to their preparation commitments with a defeat by 106-102 before Sacramento Kings.
Those led by Doc Rivers, decimated by the casualties after the emergence of the Orlando bubble by Lou Williams, Patrick Beverly and Montrezl Harrell, had their two great figures on the court: Paul George and Kawhi Leonard. But they weren’t enough to beat the Kings, who on the restart will try to fight for eighth place in the Western Conference.
Leonard, the last MVP of the finals with the Toronto Raptors, stood at 17 points after an erratic night: he fired just 6 of his 22 shots into the ring. Meanwhile, George signed 19 points and converted four three-point shots.
The Kings had the Serbian top scorer Bogdan Bogdanovic with 21 points on 7-of-15 shooting, including four triples. From the bank, Buddy Hield contributed 17 units.
The Clippers and Kings will now have a couple of days off before returning to official action: the Angelenos will face the Lakers on Thursday, while Sacramento will face San Antonio Spurs on Friday.
Other results on Monday:
Los Angeles Lakers 123-116 Washington Wizards
Utah Jazz 112-107 Brooklyn Nets
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