Final

Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 1/18

Game 1: Tuesday, January 18th
Trail Blazers107Final
OT
Kings113
Game 2: Saturday, February 5th
Kings108Final
Trail Blazers114
Game 3: Tuesday, March 22nd
Trail Blazers93Final
Kings112
Game 4: Friday, April 8th
Kings119Final
Trail Blazers115

Trail Blazers 93

(23-43, 8-27 away)

Kings 112

(42-27, 25-10 home)

    Coverage: CSNS

    7:00 PM ET, March 22, 2005

    Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    POR 19 30 21 2393
    SAC 30 27 29 26112

    Top Performers

    Portland: D. Stoudamire 25 Pts, 11 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Blk

    Sacramento: K. Thomas 24 Pts, 9 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl

    Blazers drop sixth straight

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- After seeing so many hasty coaching changes in the NBA this season, Rick Adelman is even more appreciative of his opportunity to keep piling up wins with the Sacramento Kings.

    Kenny Thomas had 24 points and nine rebounds in his best game in Sacramento, and Adelman got his 700th career victory against his former team in the Kings' 112-93 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night.

    Adelman became the 15th NBA coach to reach the milestone as Sacramento routed the Blazers, who have employed him as a player and a coach. He led Portland to the NBA Finals in 1990 and 1992, and he has directed the Kings to seven straight winning seasons.

    "Each time one of these happens, you appreciate it more," Adelman said. "When you look back, you know how much effort went into it, and you know the people around you -- the coaching staff, the players, your own wife and family. It just shows that there's a longevity there, and it's worthwhile to get one of these."

    Peja Stojakovic scored 23 points and Cuttino Mobley added 19 for the Kings, who sent the freefalling Blazers to their sixth straight loss while improving to 8-7 since trading Chris Webber during an adjustment period that could be a threat to a coach's livelihood in another city.

    After seeing nine NBA coaching changes this season -- four in March alone -- Adelman is well aware that many other clubs show none of the Kings' patience.

    "I've never seen a situation where so many teams are fighting for the playoffs, and the solution with 14 games to go is to fire the coach," Adelman said. "I feel very fortunate to be in the situation I'm in."

    Perhaps that's because he's able to coax efforts like this one out of his much-changed roster. Mike Bibby had 12 points and 10 assists while leading an efficient offense for the Kings, who had 28 total assists and four turnovers, tying the lowest total in the NBA this season.

    It was an appropriate performance for a milestone win for the offense-loving coach. Only Larry Brown (975), Jerry Sloan (938) and George Karl (727) have more victories among the league's active coaches.

    "That's a good accomplishment, and I'm happy for him," Bibby said. "We have a lot more to go. We're going to try to add to that list."

    Shareef Abdur-Rahim scored 27 points, and Joel Przybilla had 13 points, 21 rebounds and a career-high eight blocked shots for the Trail Blazers, who lost focus for long stretches of their eighth straight road defeat.

    Damon Stoudamire had 25 points and a season-high 11 rebounds, but Portland made 21 turnovers and got no steals in its 10th loss in 11 games since interim coach Kevin Pritchard took over for Maurice Cheeks. Portland has lost 17 of 20 overall.

    "If you don't compete, if you don't fight, you're not going to have no kind of chance," Abdur-Rahim said. "So we've got to keep competing and fighting and pulling for each other."

    Sacramento is clinging to fifth place in the Western Conference standings despite its usual late-season rash of injury problems -- which now might include Darius Songaila, who didn't return after hurting his back in the second quarter.

    Sacramento never trailed after the opening minute despite an impressive game for Przybilla, who dominated the paint and fell just short of his career high of 22 rebounds.

    "I had my breakout game in my first game (in Sacramento), but it's kind of a confidence-booster," Przybilla said. "But if we got the victory, I could care less about the numbers. I just want to get that win. We've been struggling, and we've got a lot of work ahead of us."

    With Brian Skinner sidelined by sprained thumbs on both hands, Greg Ostertag started and scored five points for the Kings after playing just 38 minutes in the previous 19 games.

    But then Songaila went to the locker room with a pulled muscle in his back after falling to the court when Przybilla blocked his dunk attempt. Adelman got a technical foul for demanding a foul on the play, but Przybilla's block appeared to be clean.

    Songaila has a sore back and a sore right elbow from the fall, but the team expects him to play Thursday against Dallas.

    Game notes


    Stojakovic hit two 3-pointers, though he also airballed two other attempts in the third quarter. "I'm inconsistent. I'm not happy with my game. I know I can do better," he said. ... Kings G Bobby Jackson participated in the pregame shootaround while wearing a support brace on his left wrist. Jackson, who hasn't played since Dec. 21 because of a torn ligament, still hopes to return for the playoffs. ... John Wetzel, Adelman's longtime assistant coach who retired before the season, watched the game from courtside. "It was nice to have him here, but half court? The Maloof seats?" Adelman asked. "I don't know if he's that important."

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    POR
    SAC
    Points 93 112
    FGM-FGA 37-79 (.468) 41-92 (.446)
    3PM-3PA 3-7 (.429) 4-16 (.250)
    FTM-FTA 16-22 (.727) 26-32 (.813)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-50 14-39
    Assists 20 28
    Turnovers 21 4
    Steals 0 14
    Blocks 14 2
    Fast Break Points 13 20
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (0/0) 14 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 0 19

    Top Performers

    Portland
    Sacramento
    Damon Stoudamire Stoudamire
    Points: 25
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1
    Kenny Thomas Thomas
    Points: 24
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0