LOS ANGELES (AP) — Carl Landry scored 24 points and Beno Udrih had 20 points and a career-high 17 assists, leading the short-handed Sacramento Kings to a 102-89 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday.
Tyreke Evans, the Kings' rookie point guard and leading scorer, missed his sixth game of the season because of a mild concussion, a bruised jaw, lacerated gums and chipped teeth. The injuries were the result of an inadvertent elbow he took on Friday night from Milwaukee's Ersan Ilyasova while they were going for a loose ball.
Evans, who leads all rookies in scoring (20.3) and minutes (37.3), did not accompany the team to Los Angeles and will be re-evaluated Monday.
Kings coach Paul Westphal, whose roster averages the least amount of NBA experience in the league, used his 27th different starting lineup with Francisco Garcia joining Udrih in the backcourt.
Udrih made eight of 17 shots and committed only one turnover. Garcia had 16 points in his second start this season. The four-year veteran from Louisville has played in only 17 games after missing the first 52 because of a broken right forearm.
The Kings improved to 6-10 since the Feb. 18 trade in which they obtained Landry from Houston and sent Kevin Martin to the Rockets. Spencer Hawes finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds for Sacramento.
The Clippers, who snapped an eight-game losing streak on Wednesday, got 23 points from Eric Gordon.
Point guard Baron Davis, who had 13 points, played 30 minutes and didn't get an assist until early in the third quarter when he set up a short hook shot by Drew Gooden. Gooden had eight points, the fourth time he failed to reach double digits in 15 games since the Clippers obtained him from Washington.
Jason Thompson's hook shot gave the Kings their biggest lead, 79-61, with 3:35 left in the third quarter.
The Clippers got as close as 81-74 on Steve Blake's 3-pointer with 9:14 to play, but Andres Nocioni responded with a 3-pointer for his first points of the game and hit another 3 with 7:13 remaining to put Sacramento up 91-77.
NOTES: The Kings are 2-4 without Evans in the lineup. ... Sacramento ended a streak of 10 consecutive road losses against Pacific Division teams since Jan. 14, 2009 ... The Kings were the team the Clippers beat for Kim Hughes' first win as interim coach after five losses. They are 5-16 since he replaced Mike Dunleavy on Feb. 4. ... F Rasual Butler is the only player to appear in all 70 games for Los Angeles. The last Clipper to play an entire 82-game season was Kaman in 2003-04, his rookie campaign. ... The Kings shot an even 50 percent from the field for the 17th time this season, but are only 8-9 in those games.