The Sacramento Kings were the only Bay Area team in action on Friday night and they came away with their second consecutive victory. Behind a big night from DeMarcus Cousins – who had 31 points and 20 rebounds – the Kings beat the Toronto Raptors, 105-96, on Friday.
The rest of the league's focus was down south in LA, as the Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers squared off. Kobe Bryant scored 38 points, Dwight Howard recorded a double-double with 21 points and 15 rebounds, but it was not enough to overcome their rival. The Clippers won, 107-102, behind a 30-point and 13-assist night from Chris Paul as well as 24 points from Blake Griffin. With the victory, the Clippers have a share of the best record in the conference at 26-8, while the Lakers remained under .500.
Other notable scores in the Western Conference on Friday night included the Thunder bouncing back from a loss with a 109-85 win over the Philadelphia 76ers and the Memphis Grizzlies falling, 86-84, to the Portland Trailblazers. In the Eastern Conference, the Chicago Bulls knocked off the Miami Heat, 96-89, and the Boston Celtics snapped a four-game losing streak with a 94-75 win over the Indiana Pacers.
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