A day after Clipper officials stood at the site of their planned new home, the Staples Center, and declared a new era of excellence was at hand, the Clippers followed through on that promise on the court on Saturday by beating the Sacramento Kings, 83-77, before a crowd of 14,257.
OK, so it was only a meaningful regular-season finale at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim between two teams with nowhere to go but home.
But when you wind up winning only 17 games and losing 65, you take your victories where you can get them.
In a game in which they trailed by 14 in the second quarter, the Clippers rallied to take the lead in the fourth quarter despite shooting only 36.1% from the field in the game on 30-for-83 shooting. The Kings made 46.7% (35 for 75) of their shots.