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Kings can’t make stops and lose their home opener to Portland 122-112

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October 28, 2019 - 8:42 am
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By Charlie O. Mallonee @Charlieo1320

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Sacramento -- The Sacramento Kings were looking for their first win of the young season in their home opener on Friday night before a sold-out crowd at the Golden 1 Center. The Kings battled the Trail Blazers to a 57-57 tie after the first 24 minutes, and the fans were looking forward to real battle in the second half.

When the third quarter began, the Kings allowed the team from “Rip City” to go on a 12-0 run that set the tone for the rest of the contest. Sacramento cut the Portland lead to just one-point midway through the period but could come any closer. The Trail Blazers fired up again to take a 94-84 advantage into the final quarter.

The Blazers built their lead to as many as 18 points in the fourth quarter, and the Kings just could not mount a run that would get them back into the game. When the final horn sounded, Sacramento had lost their second consecutive game 122-112. For Portland (1-1), it was their first win of the season.

Big Game Dame

Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard scored a game-high 35 points. He hit on 12 of 20 shots from the floor and went 3-for-7 from behind the 3-point line. Lillard was a perfect 8-for-8 at the free throw line. He also recorded five rebounds, five assists and three steals. Putting up stats like that are why Lillard is a proverbial All-Star.

More Blazers contributors

  • Former Sacramento King Hassan Whiteside wreaked havoc on his old team scoring 22 points, grabbing nine rebounds and dishing out three assists.
  • CJ McCollum – the other half of the Portland’s devastating backcourt – put 19 points in the book.
  • Guard Anfernee Simons came off the bench and played an impressive 21 minutes for the Trail Blazers. He scored 15 points connecting on 6 of 9 shots from the floor. Simons went 3-for-6 from downtown.

Rip City Team Stats

  • The Trail Blazers shot 54.1% (46-for-85) overall in the game. An opponent almost never beats a team that shoots over 50% against you.
  • The Blazers went 11-for-30 from behind the 3-point arc (36.7%).
  • They had 23 assists and 16 turnovers (21 points for the Kings).
  • Portland outscored the Kings in the paint 46-38.

Trail Blazers Head Coach Terry Stotts on the win:

“That was a really challenging game. Sacramento plays a style that’s really tough to guard. They push the tempo, they shoot 3s, they played small lineups. I was proud the way we defended during certain stretches. I thought we made most our runs when we defended well. It’s always good to get a road win.”

Fox leads the way for the home team

De’Aaron Fox avoided the foul trouble that plagued him in Phoenix to lead the Kings scoring attack with 28 points in 34 minutes on the floor. The Sacramento point guard hit 7 of his 18 field goal attempts and 3 of 5 from 3-point land. Fox converted 11 of 14 opportunities from the foul line. He also hauled in six rebounds and distributed five assists.

The bad news for the Kings is that Fox injured his hip late in the game when he was involved in a Flagrant Foul incident with Rodney Hood. Fox is listed as questionable for the game with Utah on Saturday.

Other Kings performers

  • Buddy Hield put 21 points in the book by shooting 7-for-18 from the field. He hit 4 of 11 attempts from behind the 3-point line. Hield also added five rebounds.
  • Bogdan Bogdanovic came off the bench to score 16 points hitting 5 of his 11 field goal attempts. Four of his field goals were 3-point buckets. Bogdanovic added three assists and three steals to stat line in the game.
  • Harrison Barnes shot 5-for-10 from the floor to score 13 points. Barnes played some of his 33 minutes at center as the Kings tried to keep Whiteside on the bench by playing a small and fast lineup.

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Kings Team Stats

  • The Kings shot 42.5% for the game sinking 37 of their 87 field goal attempts.
  • Sacramento shot well from “downtown” hitting 15 of 37 shots (40.5%). They just needed to convert more of them down the stretch.
  • They outrebounded the Blazers 43-40. 13 of those rebounds came on offense. That allowed the Kings to win the battle of 2nd Chance Points 19-12.
  • The Kings had 17 assists but committed 17 turnovers which became 24 Portland points. The one-to-one ratio will not cut if the Kings want to make it to the Playoffs.

Luke Walton on his team’s 3rd Quarter breakdown:

“You’ve got to make sure that you get out there first and get warm; make sure you’re doing whatever is appropriate for you at that halftime intermission to get your body going again, and then take a breath, mentally check-in, re-center, know ‘Okay here we go again – 24 more minutes’ type of mentality. It sounds easy but it is a challenge. I’ve done it as a player before, sometimes it’s hard to get going, but that’s not an okay excuse. We’ve got to be better as a group with that.”

Up next

The Kings left after the game for Utah where they will play the Jazz on Saturday night. The Trail Blazers flew to Dallas where they will face the Mavericks on Sunday.

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