Douglas 'incredible' as Kings stun Clippers

jejones@sacbee.comMarch 20, 2013 

Toney Douglas noticed something when he became a King after being traded from Houston on Feb. 20.

He was going to a team that didn't play very good defense. And from the start, he had no problem pointing out to his new teammates what he saw wrong with the defense.

"I was looking at it like, 'Oh, man we've got to get this fixed,' " Douglas said.

But Douglas can score, too. And Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Clippers, Douglas closed out the game doing both.

Douglas orchestrated a fourth quarter in which the Kings trampled the Pacific Division-leading Clippers en route to a 116-101 win at Sleep Train Arena.

Douglas scored 17 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter.

The Kings outscored the Clippers 38-18 in the quarter and limited the Clippers to 5-of-14 shooting in the final 12 minutes.

Douglas also had seven assists.

The Kings trailed 86-78 with 11:17 to play before going on a 13-0 run to take the lead for good.

Douglas made 5 of 6 shots in the fourth, including 3 of 4 from three-point range.

And when the Clippers threatened to get back in the game, it was Douglas that made sure it didn't happen.

"Toney Douglas was incredible (Tuesday night)," said center DeMarcus Cousins. "A seasoned point guard can run a team, and that's what he did tonight. His defense out there was incredible."

The Kings were up 98-96 with 3:43 to play when Douglas hit three consecutive three-pointers, the last coming from 29 feet to beat the shot clock and give the Kings a 107-98 lead with 2:06 left.

"In the fourth quarter, it was crunch time, winning time," Douglas said. "I know when I was in the huddle I was like, 'Just focus on defense, who cares on offense?' We've got to get stops."

Douglas also had the task of defending All-Star point guard Chris Paul.

Paul finished with 11 points and 15 assists. He shot 2 of 10 and had three points and two assists in the fourth quarter as the Clippers (46-22) struggled to find a rhythm to close the game.

"(Douglas) has the ability to pressure the ball," said Kings coach Keith Smart. "He did that in college and in his career as a pro. Now being able to manage the floor and having the right guys on the floor with him has allowed him to make some plays. The guy is a pro."

Douglas said he would have been just as happy if a teammate came up with the big plays late.

"If we win, I'm happy," Douglas said.

Cousins (left quad contusion) returned from a two-game absence. He had 17 points and led the Kings (24-44) with 11 rebounds.

"I was a little winded, but the game got going (and) I was fine," Cousins said.

Cousins had some choice words for Kings TV play-by-play man Grant Napear as he left the court while the telecast was still live.

When asked if he wanted to comment on it, Cousins laughed.

"No," Cousins said. "It'll give him something to talk about tomorrow. Tune in."

Napear hosts an afternoon sports talk radio show on the Kings' flagship station, one in which Napear has been critical of Cousins. Follow The Bee's Jason Jones on Twitter @mr_jasonjones and read more about the team at www.sacbee.com/kings.

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