Lillard burns Kings again, sends Sacramento to fifth straight loss
ROUGH NIGHT IN RIP CITY
Make it five. After dropping their fourth straight Monday against the Timberwolves, the Kings made it back-to-back losses Tuesday night in Portland. Sacramento made a run in the third quarter to make it a game, but the Trail Blazers offense was too tough to handle as they came away with the 116-99 victory.
Damian Lillard burned the Kings early and then set up his teammates the rest of the night. Jusuf Nurkic finished with 17 points and nine rebounds and Shabazz Napier chipped in 14 off the Blazers bench.
Zach Randolph went for 20 points to lead Sacramento, but it wasn’t nearly enough to stop the Kings from dropping their fifth straight.
STANDOUT PERFORMER I
Lillard is unstoppable. The All-Star guard hit Sacramento for 26 points and 12 assists to lead the way for Portland. The sharpshooter hit 11-for-19 from the field and knocked down 4-of-8 from long range in the win.
STANDOUT PERFORMER II
The combo of Zach Randolph and Willie Cauley-Stein went to work against the Blazers in the post. The duo combined for 37 points and 16 rebounds, but it wasn’t nearly enough.
The Kings outscored the Blazers 27-22 in the third to draw within eight heading to the final frame. They hit the first shot of the fourth quarter to cut Portland’s lead to six, but the Blazer bounced back, scoring the next eight points to stretch their lead to double-figures and put the Kings away.
Kosta Koufos and Garrett Temple sat out as healthy scratches. Iman Shumpert continues to miss games due to plantar fasciitis and Harry Giles (knee rehab) is out for the season.
The Kings return home following the matchup in Portland where they’ll face the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday evening. They’ll play back-to-back against the Utah Jazz and New York Knicks at Golden 1 on Saturday and Sunday as part of a five game homestand.