The Sacramento Kings mounted a late charge to knock off the Los Angeles Clippers 106-102 in the final scrimmage for both teams in the NBA bubble in Orlando on Monday. Kawhi Leonard and Paul George led the way for L.A., each having a strong performance, which is encouraging. The Kings got De’Aaron Fox back in the lineup after he was held out due to an ankle injury. Here are some stats for each team:
Los Angeles Clippers stats
Kawhi Leonard: 17 points, 3 rebounds
Paul George: 19 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists
Joakim Noah: 8 points, 6 rebounds
Marcus Morris: 18 points, 5 rebounds
Sacramento Kings stats
De’Aaron Fox: 12 points, 6 assists, 4 rebounds
Buddy Hield: 17 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists
Harrison Barnes: 12 points, 6 rebounds
Bogdan Bogdanovic: 19 points, 4 rebounds
Leonard and George were out of the game late, so the loss isn’t concerning. It’s a scrimmage. Relax. It is a bit of a problem when Lou Williams isn’t going to be ready for the opener and Patrick Beverley’s status is uncertain. Those are two big guards to lose if you’re the Clippers, in two potentially big games. If anyone can overcome it, it’s Leonard and PG-13. Morris provided some additional scoring and Noah has been a breathe of fresh air so far.
Fox looked fine in his first game back, which is a good sign for SacTown. Bogdanovic shot the ball well and Barnes got back in there after testing positive for Covid-19. So the Kings are looking relatively healthy and ready to go for their opener.