Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 3)

Series starts 12/26

Game 1: Monday, December 26th
Trail Blazers105Final
Game 2: Monday, February 27th
Trail Blazers91Final
Game 3: Wednesday, March 29th
Trail Blazers90

Trail Blazers 105

(9-18, 4-11 away)

Kings 92

(10-17, 7-9 home)

    Coverage: CSNS

    7:00 PM ET, December 26, 2005

    Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    POR 25 30 25 25105
    SAC 30 15 24 2392

    Top Performers

    Por: Z. Randolph 22 Pts, 9 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl

    Sac: M. Bibby 13 Pts, 4 Reb, 9 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Randolph, Blazers send Kings to fifth straight loss

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Even the offensively challenged Portland Trail Blazers looked good against the Sacramento Kings.

    Zach Randolph had 22 points and nine rebounds, Juan Dixon added 21 points and Portland sent the Kings to their fifth straight loss, 105-92 on Monday night.

    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 worst teams.

    "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."

    Shareef Abdur-Rahim scored 18 points and Brad Miller had 12 points and 12 rebounds, but Sacramento dropped to a season-worst seven games below .500.

    "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 his absence.

    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.

    Game notes

    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.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 105 92
    FGM-FGA 43-80 (.538) 36-83 (.434)
    3PM-3PA 4-13 (.308) 5-19 (.263)
    FTM-FTA 15-21 (.714) 15-21 (.714)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-39 15-41
    Assists 19 17
    Turnovers 11 15
    Steals 10 5
    Blocks 2 5
    Fast Break Points 10 5
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (1/0) 16 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 17 8

    Top Performers

    Zach Randolph Randolph
    Points: 22
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Mike Bibby Bibby
    Points: 13
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 9
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1