October 9, 2017, 9:30 pm
Despite a strong start to the game from Sacramento, the Portland Trail Blazers took control and never looked back on their way to a 97-83 win
Justin Jackson had his best game of the preseason, leading the team in scoring with 16 points in 26 minutes of action. Jackson may not play much to start the season, but he should have plenty of opportunity to get more minutes with strong performances like this.
Jusuf Nurkic led the way for Portland, scoring 16 points on 13 shots. Sacramento doesn’t have much size at the center position, so players like Nurkic may be a tough matchup for them this season.
The Kings started the game strong but their struggles on both ends of the floor, particularly to close out the first quarter, put them in an early hole.
Sacramento followed that up with a strong start to the second quarter but the team was unable to maintain their strong play which allowed the Blazers to build on their lead heading into halftime.
The Kings were able to outscore Portland 22-17 in the third quarter, but Portland opened the fourth outscoring the Kings 16-9 and quickly put to rest any hopes of a late comeback.
Sacramento will now have a long break before hitting the road again for a Thursday night matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers.