Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 11/25

Game 1: Saturday, November 25th
Trail Blazers85Final
Game 2: Saturday, January 6th
Trail Blazers110Final
Game 3: Friday, January 12th
Trail Blazers95
Game 4: Saturday, March 3rd
Trail Blazers96

Kings 87

(14-19, 4-9 away)

Trail Blazers 95

(15-23, 8-11 home)

    Coverage: CSNS

    7:00 PM ET, January 12, 2007

    Moda Center, Portland, OR

    1 2 3 4 T
    SAC 24 16 24 2387
    POR 16 26 26 2795

    Top Performers

    Sac: K. Martin 17 Pts, 7 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Blk

    Por: Z. Randolph 23 Pts, 12 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 Stl

    Randolph, Blazers top Kings, end three-game slide

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Nate McMillan went to an unlikely place to find his starting point guard Friday night: the end of the bench.

    With Jarrett Jack injured in an auto accident earlier in the day, the Trail Blazers' coach tabbed little-used Dan Dickau for the start, and his steady play helped Portland pick up its second win over the Sacramento Kings in a week.

    Zach Randolph had 23 points and 12 rebounds, and Juan Dixon added 21 points in the Blazers' 95-87 win.

    Brandon Roy had 11 points and five assists, and Dickau added a season-high 11 points.

    "It feels good. It was nice when coach told me I was going to play," Dickau said. "I'm going to just keep plugging away and when the next opportunity comes, I'll be ready."

    Kevin Martin had 17 points for the Kings, losers of four straight. Ron Artest had 12 of his 16 in the third quarter. Corliss Williamson added 14 points, Mike Bibby 13 and John Salmons 12 for the Kings, who had 21 turnovers.

    The Blazers had 19 turnovers and the teams combined for 52 fouls -- including 11 on the offensive end by the Blazers.

    Blazers officials said Jack suffered a concussion when he lost control of the car he was driving and slid into a parked car near the team's practice facility in Tualatin.

    A fourth-year pro, Dickau had been the Blazers' fourth point guard behind Jack, Roy and Sergio Rodriguez, and had played in only 18 of Portland's previous 37 games.

    Dickau missed much of last season with the Boston Celtics after suffering a ruptured Achilles tendon. He's averaging 2.5 points per game this year.

    "The reason I started Dan was because of his experience," McMillan said. "He has played more minutes [throughout his career] at the point than any of our other guys. You can't play everyone, but I thought Dan was ready for it. I thought about it and Dan was the best player to go to."

    The Blazers pulled away in the fourth quarter with Dixon providing much of the offense. He had 14 in the quarter, making five of seven shots, including two key 3-pointers.

    "That was the difference tonight," Sacramento coach Eric Musselman said. "And they defended us well in the fourth period."

    Sacramento, which opened a stretch with nine of 12 games on the road, dropped to 4-9 away from Arco Arena.

    "You have to play at both ends of the floor," Williamson said. "We need to get stops on defense and we didn't do that tonight."

    The Kings led 15-7 after Bibby's 3-pointer from the corner and increased their advantage to as many as 11 in the first half.

    The Blazers came back and took the lead with a 15-5 run before halftime. Roy tied the score at 40 with a twisting reverse layup and then beat the halftime buzzer with another reverse the next time down the floor.

    Portland led 59-54 with 4:22 left in the third after consecutive 3-pointers from Dickau.

    A jumper from Randolph at 8:42 in the fourth gave the Blazers a 78-69 lead. Randolph pushed the advantage to double-digits by making one free throw and Dixon followed with a 3-pointer that buried the Kings for good.

    The Kings won the first meeting with Portland this season, but the Blazers won 110-105 in overtime at Sacramento last Saturday. The Blazers went on to lose their next three games, including Wednesday at Dallas, where they scored a season-low 74 points.

    Game notes

    The Kings had given up 100 or more points in five of their last six games. ... C Joel Przybilla continued to struggle for Portland, with just three points and four rebounds in 16 minutes, while sitting the whole fourth quarter. ... The Kings had won in their previous two visits to Portland. ... McMillan said Jack could miss up to a week as a precaution. ... Ime Udoka had 10 points and nine rebounds for the Blazers.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 87 95
    FGM-FGA 33-68 (.485) 38-77 (.494)
    3PM-3PA 5-10 (.500) 6-17 (.353)
    FTM-FTA 16-25 (.640) 13-23 (.565)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 6-35 12-38
    Assists 20 23
    Turnovers 21 19
    Steals 4 10
    Blocks 2 6
    Fast Break Points 2 8
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (0/0) 32 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 11 13

    Top Performers

    Kevin Martin Martin
    Points: 17
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1
    Zach Randolph Randolph
    Points: 23
    Reb: 12
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0