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Big games from Cauley-Stein, Fox don’t solve recurring problems in loss to Clippers

Kings guard De'Aaron Fox (5) defends Clippers guard Lou Williams (23) in Los Angeles on Saturday.
Kings guard De'Aaron Fox (5) defends Clippers guard Lou Williams (23) in Los Angeles on Saturday. AP

Lou Williams scored a game-high 26 points as the Los Angeles Clippers coasted to a 126-105 victory Saturday afternoon at Staples Center to sweep the season series, 4-0.

The Kings (13-29) have lost four straight and seven of their last eight, which has dropped them to last place in the Western Conference.

Center Willie Cauley-Stein led the Kings with 23 points and 13 rebounds. Rookie point guard De’Aaron Fox added 17 points and matched his season high with 10 assists.

The Kings allowed 25 points off 16 turnovers.

Here are three takeaways from the game:

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The Kings started slowly and fell behind by double digits in the first quarter. The way this season has gone, it’s a surprise when this doesn’t happen. No one seems to know why or how to fix it.

The Kings led 4-0 but the Clippers (21-21) quickly erased that and led by as many as 25 points.

Filling in for a star

Former Kings summer-league player Willie Reed started at center for the Clippers in place of injured All-Star DeAndre Jordan and had 14 points and a season-high 13 rebounds.

Coach Doc Rivers has established a system that allows the Clippers to plug in a player and keep going – something they’ve had to do a lot this season.

The Kings are working toward that, but it’s going to require a lot more time and experience to develop that kind of continuity.

Getting his turn

Kings rookie forward Justin Jackson appeared in a game for the first time since Jan. 6. It’s been hard for the former starter to find time, but there might be more opportunities in the immediate future, as long as Malachi Richardson is playing in the G League for the Reno Bighorns.

Jackson had two points in six minutes. With the Kings struggling, it might be time to give Jackson more of an extended look.

Jason Jones: @mr_jasonjones, read more about the team at sacbee.com/kings.

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