Lillard torches Kings for 50 on their home court
ALL OF DAME
SACRAMENTO -- One-man wrecking crew. Damian Lillard went off Friday night at Golden 1 Center, dropping a season-high 50 points on the Sacramento Kings to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a 118-100 victory.
Seven Sacramento Kings players scored in double-figures, including a team-high 19 from Willie Cauley-Stein. Zach Randolph added 17 points and nine rebounds and Buddy Hield went off late to score 16, but it wasn’t enough.
Lillard played like a man possessed and the Kings had no answer. Once he got hot, his teammates got out of the way and let him shine.
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STANDOUT PERFORMER I
Lillard needs an ice bucket to cool his hand.
The three-time All-Star caught fire against Sacramento, scoring 50 points and dishing out six assists in three quarters of action. Lillard knocked down 16-for-26 from the field, including 8-of-13 from behind the arc to help Portland come away with the win.
STANDOUT PERFORMER II
Randolph bullied the Blazers in the post. The 17-year vet finished with 17 points and nine rebounds in 26 minutes of action.
When the Kings get back to full strength, Randolph will see a reduced role. Until then, he’ll continue to put up numbers.
STANDOUT PERFORMER III
With the game tumbling out of control in the fourth, Hield caught fire to keep the Kings from getting blown out.
The second-year guard out of Oklahoma dropped in all 16 of his points in the fourth quarter on five made 3-pointers.
Portland posted a 17-0 run on Sacramento in the final 4:25 of this third quarter and scored the first two points of the fourth to put the Kings away.
It was all Lillard until the fourth, when he sat on the bench and watched his teammates finish the game off.
Skal Labissiere (left shoulder strain) and Frank Mason (plantar fascia) are both out until after the All-Star break. Harry Giles (knee rehab) is out for the season.
The Kings hit the road for three games leading up to the All-Star break, beginning Sunday in Minnesota against the Timberwolves. They’ll hit Dallas and Houston before disappearing for a week.