Final

Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 3)

Series starts 12/26

Game 1: Monday, December 26th
Trail Blazers105Final
Kings92
Game 2: Monday, February 27th
Trail Blazers91Final
Kings115
Game 3: Wednesday, March 29th
Kings106Final
Trail Blazers90

Kings 106

(36-36, 13-23 away)

Trail Blazers 90

(20-51, 14-21 home)

    Coverage: CSNS

    7:00 PM ET, March 29, 2006

    Moda Center, Portland, OR

    1 2 3 4 T
    SAC 29 29 24 24106
    POR 20 21 24 2590

    Top Performers

    Sacramento: S. Abdur-Rahim 21 Pts, 6 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl

    Portland: S. Blake 17 Pts, 4 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl

    Kings beat sagging Blazers, keep eighth place

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- To Brad Miller, it's still a win, even if it came against the woeful Trail Blazers. And wins are crucial right now for the Sacramento Kings.

    Miller scored 24 points Wednesday night and Sacramento beat Portland 106-90, extending the Trail Blazers' longest losing streak in 20 years to nine.

    "Obviously Portland is having its struggles right now, but it's up to us to play as a team, keep working and try to get this thing right for the playoffs," Miller said.

    The Kings, who had lost two straight and five of their last seven games as they jockey for playoff position in the Western Conference, led by as many as 20 points. Former Blazers forward Shareef Abdur-Rahim finished with 21 points.

    The Trail Blazers' skid is their worst since they lost 12 in a row in February 1986.

    Viktor Khryapa had 18 points for Portland, which has won just two of it last 21 games.

    "It's a reality here. We're a team that at this time of the season, with teams trying to get to the playoffs, it's going to be difficult to win," Blazers coach Nate McMillan said.

    Ron Artest, who provided a spark when he was acquired by Sacramento, continued to struggle. He was 4-for-11 from the field against the Blazers, and is 14-of-61 in his last four games.

    But it was his 21-foot jumper that put the Kings up 66-46 in the third quarter. Artest finished with 11 points.

    The Kings, currently in eighth place in the Western Conference, were coming off a 97-84 loss Tuesday night to Washington. It was Sacramento's second straight loss at Arco Arena after a 14-game winning streak there.

    "We haven't been playing well these last seven games and our offense was the thing hurting us the most," Sacramento coach Rick Adelman said. "Guys were trying to do everything on their own and we need to get back to trusting our teammates and passing the ball. We weren't paying much attention to detail in these last seven games, but we were better tonight."

    Fans at the Rose Garden loudly booed the return of Kings guard Bonzi Wells, who spent nearly six turbulent seasons in Portland.

    Wells had a number of public run-ins with former Blazers coach Maurice Cheeks, and raised ire when he used an obscene gesture to address a Rose Garden fan. Wells was traded away during the 2003-04 season.

    Only a couple of players remain with the Blazers from Wells' time with the team. Along with Wells, Rasheed Wallace and Damon Stoudamire have moved on.

    Wells apparently still holds some hard feelings.

    "This is what they (the Blazers) wanted. They wanted to get all the good players out of here and bring in the so-called character guys, and if they want to sacrifice losing for that, I guess they've accomplished that," Wells said. "We got ourselves in the playoffs every year, we just didn't make that championship run they wanted."

    Miller hit a 3-pointer that made it 47-31 in the first half, and Sacramento led 58-41 at the break. Miller had 17 points.

    Zach Randolph, who had been bothered by an ingrown toenail on his right foot, did not play Sunday in the fourth quarter of a 97-83 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. He returned against the Kings with 14 points and seven rebounds.

    Darius Miles returned after missing two games because of the death of his grandfather in Illinois, but played just briefly and afterward said that his surgically repaired right knee felt weak.

    Sacramento guard Kevin Martin missed a fourth game with a bruised right thigh.

    Game notes


    Portland second-year center Ha Seung-Jin was assigned to Fort Worth of the NBA Development League. ... Blazers owner Paul Allen attended the game after a surprise appearance on Sunday. Allen announced at the NBA trade deadline that the Blazers were bleeding money and need some kind of public partnership to remain viable, and had not attended a game since. ... It was the fourth game in five nights for the Kings. ... Wells was fined $5,000 by the NBA on Monday for knocking a ball into the locker-room tunnel during Sunday's loss to Golden State. ... The Kings tied their season high for assists with 33. ... Sacramento also tied its season high for 3-pointers with 12.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    SAC
    POR
    Points 106 90
    FGM-FGA 40-78 (.513) 34-74 (.459)
    3PM-3PA 12-18 (.667) 7-12 (.583)
    FTM-FTA 14-17 (.824) 15-20 (.750)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 7-33 10-37
    Assists 33 20
    Turnovers 6 9
    Steals 6 5
    Blocks 3 6
    Fast Break Points 7 6
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 16 (0/0) 20 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 20 4

    Top Performers

    Sacramento
    Portland
    Shareef Abdur-Rahim Abdur-Rahim
    Points: 21
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Steve Blake Blake
    Points: 17
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0