Sacramento loses to Portland

Ezra Shaw / Staff

Kings lose the first game of their road trip in Portland 127-116

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December 05, 2019 - 5:20 pm

By Charlie O. Mallonee @Charlieo1320

The Sacramento Kings played the first game of a four-game road in Portland on Wednesday night and the result was a 127-116 loss. The Trail Blazers were playing the second game of a back-to-back, road-home set. The Blazers lost to the Clippers 117-97 in LA on Tuesday night. The Kings were hoping that the “fatigue factor” might give them some advantage in the game. It did not.

The Kings played a strong first quarter and led 35-30 after 12 minutes in part to shooting 4-for-6 from beyond the 3-point line. The Blazers shot the lights out in the second period (60.9%) and took a 66-64 lead to the locker room at halftime.

Defense was not a big part of this game as both teams shot over 50% in the third quarter and the Trail Blazers took a 100-95 lead into the final quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Portland stayed hot and the Kings did not. The Trail Blazers scored 27 points shooting 47.6% (10-for-21) overall and hitting 5 of 9 (55.6%) from “downtown”. The Kings shot just 33.3% (7-for-21) from the floor and went 0-for-7 (0.0%) from 3-point range. When your game is dependent of 3-point scoring - which the Sacramento offense is at the moment - coming up empty from long range is a prescription for a loss for the Kings.

Spotlight on the Kings (8-12)

The Kings played the game without Bogdan Bogdanovic who was held out for “load management” related to a knee contusion and an on-going hamstring problem.

  • Richaun Holmes had another monster game for SAC recording another double-double by scoring 28 points and pulling down 10 rebounds (five offensive boards). Holmes shot 11-for-14 and converted 6 of 8 opportunities from the free throw line.

  • Buddy Hield put 23 points in the book but had to take 24 shots to score those points. Hield has been streaky but continues to shoot when he has the opportunity which is what Luke Walton wants him to do. He is not taking bad shots. At the moment, the shots just are not falling.
  • Nemanja Bjelica added 17 points, seven rebounds and four assists. He had another strong night shooting hitting 7 of 15 shots from the field.
  • Other contributors: Yogi Ferrell 13 points, Trevor Ariza and Cory Joseph 11 points apiece and Harrison Barnes 8 points.

The Kings road trip continues in San Antonio on Friday night. Then, it’s on to Dallas on Sunday and Houston on Monday. The Kings are going to have to fight hard to pick up one victory “deep in the heart of Texas” before returning to Sacramento.

Focus on “Rip City” (9-13)

It should come as no surprise that the Trail Blazers dynamic backcourt led the charge that did the Kings in on Wednesday night at the Moda Center in Portland.

  • CJ McCollum recorded his 10th consecutive game scoring 20 or more points on Wednesday evening. He scored a game-high 33 points sinking 14 of 22 shots and converting 5 of 10 three-point attempts.
  • Damian Lillard added a double-double putting up 24 points and dishing out 10 assists. Lillard also had four rebounds, two steals and one blocked shot. He went a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line.
  • Hassan Whiteside – yes, that guy who used to play for the Kings – also had a double-double game with 22 points and 16 rebounds. He added seven assists and three blocks.

The Trail Blazers are going to be one of the teams that the Kings are going to fight with for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference all season long. Unfortunately for Sacramento, last night was their final face-to-face meeting with the Trail Blazers this season. Portland holds the tie-breaker because they won the season series 2-1.

Up next

The Kings will face the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night in the Alamo City.

The Trail Blazers will welcome the Lakers to the Rose City on Friday night.

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