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“What happens in the locker room stays in the locker room. But I was wrong. I was wrong,” Cousins said. “I’m a player that definitely wants to win every night, and I’m an emotional player. That’s never going to change. But I shouldn’t have responded back. Something was said, and I just should have stayed quiet. Is it a humbling thing? Yeah, I will say that. I mean, I messed up and I apologize to my teammates for responding the way I did and I’ll move on from it.”

The Kings, who had their highest-scoring game of the season Wednesday night in a 131-127 home win against Golden State, have dropped six of seven. Tyreke Evans missed his third straight game and eighth in the last 12 because of a sore left knee. He also was sidelined for the Kings‘ 116-81 loss at Los Angeles on Dec. 1, when the Clippers posted their largest margin of victory since the franchise left Buffalo.

Caron Butler’s 3-pointer gave Los Angeles its biggest lead, 58-41, with 10:05 left in the third quarter. The Kings narrowed the gap to 63-57 with a 16-5 run capped by Fredette’s 3-pointer with 4:25 left in the quarter, but that was as close as they got.

Paul helped put the game away with a pair of 3-pointers in the final 4 minutes.

NOTES: The teams the Clippers have beaten during this streak have a combined winning percentage of .401 (116-173). The Kings (8-18) are the only team they have faced twice in that stretch. … The Clippers are at Phoenix on Saturday night, trying to break a franchise-record road winning streak of five — by those same ‘74-75 Buffalo Braves. … The Los Angeles Lakers, who share Staples Center with the Clippers, haven’t won 12 or more games in a row during one season since 1999-00, when they had streaks of 16 and 19. … Los Angeles is 17-0 when leading after three quarters and 15-0 when holding an opponent under 43 percent shooting. The Kings shot 41.8 percent. … Fredette missed a free throw with 3:48 remaining, ending his streak at 33 in a row.