February 10, 2018, 12:54 am
The Kings, on three days rest, were worn down by a Blazers team playing the second of a back-to-back and fell at home 118-100. It was the last game of Sacramento’s home stand as the team will now hit the road for their final three games before the All-Star break.
Damian Lillard sat the entire fourth quarter after putting on a three-quarter performance of a lifetime. He finished the game with 50 points on 26 shots and hit 8-of-13 makes from the 3-point line.
Defense was in short supply for both teams for much of the first half, but it was the Blazers coming out ahead after the first 24 minutes of play. Led by Lillard’s 28 points in less than 18 minutes, Portland stretched their lead to 10 at the break.
The Kings, who were down to just De’Aaron Fox at the point guard position needed a ball handler and Bogdan Bogdanovic stepped in. Bogdanovic responded and showed an ability to handle the offense when given the opportunity. He finished the half with 10 points, three boards and an assist.
Sacramento displayed a bit more aggression than they had lately and forced the ball into the paint in the first half. They finished the half outscoring the Blazers 32-to-16 in the paint. However, the Kings still weren’t able to get to the charity stripe and were almost doubled in free throw attempts, 11-to-6.
After falling behind by as much as 12 in the third quarter, with 5 minutes left to play the Kings found themselves down just one, in large because of a 9-0 run. But, the Blazers and Lillard responded with a 17-0 run. Lillard finished the period with 22 points as Sacramento couldn’t find an answer.
Kosta Koufos was the only bright spot for the Kings’ bench for much of the night as the rest of the reserves began the game 0-of-11 before Vince Carter knocked down a jumper with just under 11 minutes to play in the fourth quarter.
Paired with Lillard’s scalding performance, Sacramento’s offense fell into a funk to close out the third and into the fourth quarter; the Kings were held to zero made buckets for more than five minutes during the stretch.
After trailing by as much as 23, the Kings did get the Blazers’ lead down to 13 with just under six minutes to play in the fourth. This prompted Lillard to make his way to the scorer’s table, but a 10-3 run by Portland allowed the star of the night to return to his seat on the visitor’s bench.
- After shooting a respectable 46 percent in the first half, Sacramento made just 38 percent of their attempts in the second half.
- Damian Lillard tied the Kings team in the third quarter with 22 points. Lillard, who didn’t play at all in the fourth period outscored the rest of Portland’s starters 50-to-39. Lillard finished the game with eight 3-pointers made and the Kings finished with just nine.
- Buddy Hield, who began the game 0-of-5, went on to connect on five straight 3-pointers and finished the night with 16 points on 5-of-12 shooting.