• The Sacramento Kings lost a close game in overtime, ultimately getting outscored by the Portland Trail Blazers 122-120.  The loss moves Sacramento to 4-7 on the season.  Sacramento played a great game, but were unable to contain Portland’s perimeter scorers.

    DeMarcus Cousins really took over late, knocking down two huge three pointers and making quite a few shots at the rim.  The Trail Blazers made too many shots for the Kings to match late, but it was clear that they had no answer for Cousins on the other end.

    Here were a few notes from the game:

    • The Sacramento Kings were led tonight by Rudy Gay, who filled the stat sheet with 29 points and 14 rebounds to go along with three assists two steals and a block.  Gay did a great job of taking over when Cousins went to the bench, and was a big part of many of the Kings’ runs throughout the night.
    • Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum had great games for the Trail Blazers, combining for 67 points and 12 assists.  The Kings struggled to contain them, but were able to keep the rest of the roster quiet for the most part.
    • Sacramento played very aggressive defensively, consistently tipping passes and going to a full court press at times.  The defensive intensity seemed to bother Portland at times, and was especially impressive considering that it was the second night of a back-to-back.

    Sacramento played very well, and really gave a great effort all night.  Sacramento now takes a fairly long break before facing the San Antonio Spurs Wednesday at the Golden 1 Center.


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