Kings lose to Clippers 104-98 in overtime thriller

Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Derrick Williams impressed in his Kings debut and DeMarcus Cousins was great once again, but the Kings fell short in overtime.

Final - 11.29.2013 1 2 3 4 OT 1 Total
Los Angeles Clippers 23 27 23 21 10 104
Sacramento Kings 24 21 27 22 4 98

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The Sacramento Kings pushed the Los Angeles Clippers to overtime before ultimately falling short, losing 104-98.  The Kings managed to keep the game close throughout, but fell just short in the end.  DeMarcus Cousins led the Kings, and Derrick Williams impressed in his Kings debut.

Los Angeles was without Chris Paul for this game, and JJ Redick left the game in the second quarter with a wrist injury.  Jamal Crawford stepped up in their absence, finishing with 31 points, 11 assists, and seven rebounds, all season highs for Crawford.

The Clippers could not contain DeMarcus Cousins in the Kings losing effort.  DMC finished with 25 points, nine rebounds, six assists and three blocks.  DeAndre Jordan played excellent defense, but Cousins is truly entering a stage of his career where opposing teams can simply hope to control the damage.

Derrick Williams shined in his Kings debut, finishing with 12 points, six rebounds and four assists.  The stat line doesn't fully capture just how impressive he was.  He moved well with and without the ball, and had multiple incredible displays of athleticism, including several alley-oop dunks.  There was one sequence in the fourth quarter where Williams had a huge alley-oop from Greivis Vasquez, but the play was called off due to an off-ball foul.  The Kings inbounded, and Cousins immediately threw to Williams for another alley-oop.  It's safe to say Williams made a great first impression in Sacramento.

Ben McLemore was also impressive tonight.  He continues to move well off the ball.  And his showed some real poise when he hit two big free throws in the closing seconds of the fourth quarter to tie the game.  The combination of Vasquez, Williams, McLemore, and Cousins on the floor together was very fun, and very exciting.  It showed a lot of off-ball movement, with a lot of willing passers.  I'd love to see that group get more run together.

Despite the loss, it was a fun game and the Kings stayed competitive throughout.  If the Kings are going to be a losing team, I'll take losses of this type over failed 20 point comebacks any day.

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