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December 6, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
After four days off, the Lakers (9-9) visit the Sacramento Kings (4-12) on Friday night. The Lakers defeated the Kings on Nov. 24, a 100-86 victory at Staples Center. Xavier Henry had a big night with 21 points off the bench. Pau Gasol and Jordan Hill notched double-doubles in the win. Greivis Vasquez led the Kings with 20 points, followed by DeMarcus Cousins with 17. Sacramento has struggled for wins so far this season, but the Kings won't be an easy win for the Lakers on Friday.
April 14, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
Blake Griffin needs to be on his best behavior for only one more game. The Clippers forward has accumulated 15 technical fouls this season, putting him one short of triggering a league-mandated one-game suspension. But were Griffin to avoid receiving a technical foul Tuesday against the Denver Nuggets and then pick one up Wednesday against the Portland Trail Blazers in the Clippers' regular-season finale, he would not be suspended for the Clippers' playoff opener, NBA spokesman Tim Frank said.
January 21, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
The Maloof family has agreed to sell the Sacramento Kings to a Seattle group led by investor Chris Hansen, the NBA confirmed in a statement Monday morning. The deal is still pending a vote by the NBA Board of Governors. Hansen's group will buy 65% of the franchise for $525 million and will probably move the team to Seattle and restore the SuperSonics name. The Maloofs will get a $30-million non-refundable down payment by Feb. 1, according to the deal. They will be allowed to receive other offers until the league approves the sale.
April 12, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
After sitting out the last five games with a strained left calf, Clippers guard Jamal Crawford will play Saturday against the Sacramento Kings at Staples Center. Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said that Crawford, who hasn't played in a game since March 29 at Houston, will probably see limited playing time. “There is no minute restriction, but there will be,” Rivers said Saturday morning. “We're not going to go out there and throw him out there for 30 minutes, I can tell you that.
January 17, 2014 | By Shan Li
The Sacramento Kings will be the first NBA team to accept bitcoin, the controversial digital currency that is increasingly gaining acceptance in the commercial world. The basketball franchise said customers can already buy merchandise at its team store. By March 1, the Kings will also start accepting bitcoins for tickets and for products bought online. The NBA team is one of a string of companies and organizations that have recently begun accepting bitcoin for payment, ushering the currency into the mainstream.
November 23, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
Chris Paul saved the day for the Clippers, rescuing them from another ragged defensive effort and helping them - barely - hold off the aggressive Sacramento Kings. Paul scored 22 points in their 103-102 victory over the Kings, including the three-point shot that brought the Clippers even at 98-98 with 1:25 left in the fourth quarter and the layup that put them ahead, 100-98. He gave them a 103-102 lead with 2.5 seconds left when he hit the first of two free throws but missed the second, and the Kings called time out with 1.9 seconds left.
March 29, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Building a new arena for the Sacramento Kings by the 2015 NBA season opener is fraught with challenges, the greatest of which may be the increasing skepticism of the team's owners that it can be accomplished. Documents reviewed by The Times this week show Kings owners Joe, Gavin and George Maloof dispute that they have a firm agreement to participate in a new entertainment and sports complex in the city. Additionally, in a Wednesday letter delivered to city leaders under the subject “ESC feasibility concerns,” the Maloofs' attorney writes “unresolved issues regarding the … project remain … .” A year removed from the Maloofs wanting to move the Kings south to Anaheim's Honda Center, that notion is back in play, a Maloof spokesman said.
April 12, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The 2013-14 regular season will come to a close Wednesday. With a record of 25-54, the Lakers stand in 25th place overall, which translates to sixth in the NBA's draft lottery standings. On May 20, the league will randomly select the top-three picks by lottery.  Teams that do not win are slotted four through 14, in order of worst records. Should teams finish the season with identical records, the NBA turns to coin flips to break any ties. The Lakers have three games remaining: Sunday against the playoff contending Memphis Grizzlies (47-32)
April 11, 2014 | Broderick Turner
Clippers reserve guard Jamal Crawford came over to reporters Friday, a smile on his face, good news to deliver. “I'm practicing today,” Crawford said. “No question.” Crawford had missed the last five games with a strained left calf, but he got in a hard workout Thursday and said it “felt really good.” He then was asked if he would play Saturday against the Sacramento Kings at Staples Center. “There's definitely a chance,” Crawford said. “I think that's huge from a chemistry standpoint, getting everybody back healthy.
April 10, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
Clippers forward Blake Griffin has gotten to the edge of the NBA's technical foul limit, putting him in jeopardy of a suspension. Griffin was issued his 15 th technical foul of the season Wednesday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder, tying him for the league lead with Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins. If Griffin gets one more technical, he'll be suspended for one game under the NBA rules and fined $5,000. The Clippers have three regular-seasons games left - Saturday at home against Sacramento, Tuesday at home against Denver and Wednesday night in the season-finale at Portland.
April 2, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
SACRAMENTO - Pau Gasol's vertigo came back with a vengeance and Chris Kaman's right calf wouldn't cooperate. It was almost time for assistant coaches Kurt Rambis and Mark Madsen to suit up for the Lakers. "Only if they let me wear the short shorts," Rambis said beforehand and, yeah, that wasn't really possible. So the Lakers plowed ahead with nine players and lost to the equally awful Sacramento Kings, 107-102, on Wednesday at Sleep Train Arena. The Lakers (25-50)
April 2, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The short-handed Lakers fought to the end, but ultimately fell to the Sacramento Kings, 107-102, for their 50th loss of the season. A Wesley Johnson tip-in with a minute left cut the Lakers' double-digit deficit to three points, 105-102. The Lakers got a vital stop, but Kent Bazemore missed an driving layup that stalled the Lakers' comeback. Now with a record of 25-50, the Laker's loss was an important one in the NBA draft lottery standings, as the seventh-worst Kings improved to 27-48, two wins ahead of the Lakers, who have seven left to play.
April 2, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
PHOENIX - Jared Dudley had started the first 29 regular-season games for the Clippers, struggling to find his way before eventually losing his small forward position to Matt Barnes on Jan. 20 at Detroit. Now Dudley is in the midst of just trying to get some playing time, but even with limited minutes, he hasn't complained. "You just got to stay ready," Dudley said. "I just think my game is suited for the playoffs. When you have two or three days to prepare for a guy, you know what you're going to get from me. " Things got worse for Dudley when the Clippers signed free-agent Danny Granger, who just happened to play the same small forward position as Dudley.
April 1, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
DeMarcus Cousins has never worried about getting too technical. The temperamental Sacramento Kings center devised what could have been the perfect April Fools' joke, retweeting a cover picture of his debut R&B album “Misunderstood” under the stage name - how cool is this? - Boogie Smooth. The album was set to include the single “Emotional” with Chance The Rapper. Everything seemed perfectly plausible for someone who leads the NBA with 15 technical fouls and doesn't like to schmooze after games with the Clippers.
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