Blazers cruise to 104-91 win over Kings
Posted at: 11/09/2013 9:35 PM
By ANNE M. PETERSON
(AP) PORTLAND, Ore. - Damian Lillard had 22 points, eight rebounds and seven assists and the Portland Trail Blazers handed the Sacramento Kings their fourth straight loss with a 104-91 victory Friday night.
DeMarcus Cousins almost singlehandedly carried the Kings with 35 points and nine rebounds. Sacramento’s lone win so far this season came in the opener against Denver.
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 10 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter for the Blazers, who led 54-49 at the half and by as many as 14 points in the third quarter.
It was the first game of a home-and-away back-to-back between the two teams. The Blazers visit Sacramento on Saturday night.
Cousins pulled the Kings within 90-84 with a layup in the fourth quarter, but Aldridge countered with a turnaround jumper and six points was the closest Sacramento would come.
The Blazers went ahead 29-22 in the first quarter. Lillard, last season’s rookie of the year was 3 for 3 from the floor _ all 3-pointers _ for 9 points. Lillard became just the second NBA player to hit three or more 3s in his team’s first five games. Former Blazer Damon Stoudamire did it with Toronto in 1996.
Mo Williams’ layup stretched Portland’s lead to 37-26. Late in the half, Wesley Matthews hit consecutive 3-pointers to put Portland in front 52-42. Matthews finished with 18 points.
Cousins, who had 18 points and six rebounds in the first half, struggled in Sacramento’s 105-100 loss at home to the Hawks on Tuesday. Shut down by Atlanta’s Al Horford, Cousins had 11 points and six rebounds, far off his average of 18.3 points and 9.3 rebounds.
Cousins’ layup got the Kings within 54-53 early in the third quarter, but the Blazers took off on a 12-0 run to take a 68-55 lead midway through the period.
The Kings struggled defensively against the Blazers, who had six players in double figures and shot nearly 50 percent from the floor for the game.
NOTES: Former Blazer Chris Dudley and Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins were at the game to bring attention Diabetes Health and Wellness Week. ... Portland Timbers players Ryan Johnson and Pa Modou Kah were at the game and got a hearty round of applause when shown on the video scoreboard. The Timbers have advanced to Major League Soccer’s Western Conference final and play the first of the two-leg series against Real Salt Lake on Sunday.
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