Steve Blake and Ruben Patterson scored 12 points apiece for the
Trail Blazers, who reached 100 points for the first time this
season. With an uncharacteristically mistake-free offense, the
Blazers maintained a 10-point halftime lead through most of the
second half of just their fourth victory in 15 games.
"Offensively, the execution was there," Portland coach Nate
McMillan said. "After the five turnovers we had in the first
quarter, I think we settled down. The next three quarters, we had
only six turnovers."
Portland made nearly 54 percent of its shots -- shooting better
than 50 percent for just the third time all season -- and won its
second straight road game after a five-game skid.
The Blazers, who also won at Minnesota on Friday, outscored
Sacramento 30-15 in the second quarter. They did it by scoring 20
straight points and holding the Kings scoreless for more than 7
minutes to break open the meeting of the Western Conference's two
"I don't know what happened in the second quarter," Sacramento
coach Rick Adelman said. "All of the sudden we just got stagnant
and stopped doing things offensively, and then we got worse
defensively while they took control of the game."
Peja Stojakovic returned from a two-game absence with a back
injury to score 19 points, but the spiraling Kings lost for the
10th time in 13 games.
Stojakovic hit three 3-pointers despite straining his groin
during the game, but Sacramento never got closer than five points
in the second half, and never cut the lead below double digits in
the fourth quarter of its ninth loss in 16 home games.
"We know that this team is capable of pulling off a win and
making a big comeback win," Portland's Martell Webster said. "We
just had to contain our men and keep them in front of us."
"We just kind of let them do what they wanted to, and kept
turning the ball over," Abdur-Rahim said.
Dixon and Blake had six assists apiece, and Dixon also hit two
3-pointers in his second highest-scoring game of the season. Blake
started in place of Sebastian Telfair, who missed his sixth
straight game with a torn ligament in his right thumb.
The Kings played again without guard Bonzi Wells, who will be
out at least three weeks with a torn muscle in his groin. Kevin
Martin and rookie Francisco Garcia managed just 10 points apiece in
Mike Bibby also had another rough game while battling the flu,
scoring 13 points on 5-of-15 shooting -- 1-for-5 on 3-pointers --
along with nine assists. The Kings, who lost to Dallas on Friday,
are just 3-9 in December.
The Kings beat Portland 119-115 on April 8 to clinch their
seventh straight postseason berth. The Blazers have missed the last
two postseasons after going to the previous 21. ... Abdur-Rahim
left Portland as a free agent last summer to sign with Sacramento.
... Adelman led Portland to two NBA Finals appearances as a coach.
... McMillan was fined $15,000 for verbal abuse of a game official
and for failing to leave the court in a timely manner following his
ejection from Friday's game at Minnesota.