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April 17, 2013
In-game blog: Kings vs. Clippers

FINAL
Clippers 112, Kings 108

The season ended for the Kings (28-54) with 36 points, a career-high 22 rebounds and three blocked shots in a loss to the playoff-bound Clippers (56-26).

Now the waiting begins as the NBA sorts out who will own the Kings next season and if the team will even be in Sacramento.

It was the fourth loss in a row to end the year, but the arena remained filled with fans chanting "Sacramento" and fans holding signs of support for the franchise.

It also didn't take long for a "He we stay" cheer to begin as the court was roped off by security.

Isaiah Thomas had 15 points and tied his career high with 10 assists.

Chris Paul led the Clippers with 25 points and 11 assists.

THIRD QUARTER
Clippers 78, Kings 70

The Kings came out strong to start the third. Sacramento opened the period on a 16-5 run and led 62-59 with 6:22 to play in the quarter. But the Clippers bounced back to close the quarter with the eight-point lead they had at halftime.

DeMarcus Cousins has 22 points and 18 rebounds for the Kings. He also has two blocked shots and is playing with kind of tenacity expected all season, but we haven't seen enough.

Isaiah Thomas has 13 points and five assists.

Chris Paul leads the Clippers with 22 points and eight assists.

HALFTIME
Clippers 54, Kings 46

Travis Outlaw provided a spark off the bench, but the Kings couldn't' make up any ground on the Clippers.

Outlaw has 11 points, his third consecutive game scoring in double figures. But the Clippers are shooting 50 percent while the Kings are at 44.4 percent, and have given up nine points off eight turnovers.

The game has had a few tense moments. DeMarcus Cousins was upset when Chris Paul drove to the rim and caught him with an elbow to the groin.

Cousins caught Paul with a shot to the ribs as he attempted a lay up on the next Clipper possession.

Both players complained to the officials about being hit.

Cousins has 12 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Kings. Isaiah Thomas has 11 points and four assists.

Paul has 14 points and four assists for the Clippers.

FIRST QUARTER
Clippers 27, Kings 26

A packed Sleep Train Arena saw DeMarcus Cousisn get off to a monster start. Cousins already has 12 points and eight rebounds, but the Kings are down by one.

Isaiah Thomas added eight points and four assists.

But the Clippers are shooting 52.2 percent and have scored four points off three Kings turnovers to hold the slim lead.

Chris Paul has six points and four assists for the Clippers.

Among those in attendance for the season finale are former Kings Mitch Richmond, Brad Miller and Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson.

Tyreke Evans (left quad strain) and Toney Douglas (sore hip) are out tonight for the Kings.



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