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The Kings go to a smaller starting lineup Friday and play better early, but could not make the plays needed late in a 106-98 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers at Golden 1 Center. A late turnover by DeMarcus Cousins costs the Kings a chance to tie the score in the final seconds.
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The Kings and Los Angeles Clippers aren’t rivals in the sense of having a heated history based on past playoff series. Yet many of their encounters in recent seasons have had a level of animosity that have made for some entertaining moments. It always seems the mind games are at another level when the teams meet.
Golden State squanders Stephen Curry's 40 points with an awful fourth quarter and watches Mike Conley knock down a key jumper with 55 seconds left in OT. The Kings host the Warriors on Sunday.