Kings have win streak snapped by Blazers

December 29, 2016

Sacramento Kings

By: Eric He

Despite playing a Trail Blazers team without star guard Damian Lillard, the Sacramento Kings saw their four-game win streak come to an end on Wednesday night at the Moda Center in a 109-89 loss on the road.

In his first game against Portland since the¬†controversial ejection-that-wasn’t, DeMarcus Cousins put up 28 points, grabbed eight boards and dished out six assists. He was booed every time he touched the ball, though he was one of the few Kings who had quality nights offensively.

Gary Temple (14 points) and Matt Barnes (13 points) were the only other Kings to score in double-digits.

“You could tell their game plan was to make everybody else have big games instead of myself,” Cousins said to reporters. “It was successful tonight. It worked.”

Portland held Sacramento to under 40 percent shooting to snap its six-game losing streak.

The Blazers opened up a 16-point lead at halftime and led by 20 at one point in the third quarter after a three-pointer by CJ McCollum, who picked up the slack for the injured Lillard. McCollum had 20 points on the night and was one of six Blazers in double figures.

The Kings got as close as eight points in the fourth after threes by Cousins and Omri Casspi. But a three by Shabazz Napier pushed the lead back to double-figures, and Sacramento never found a way to get its offense going.

“I don’t want guys to get too down and get drained and start thinking negative because we lost one game,” Cousins said. “This is the NBA. We weren’t going to go undefeated the rest of the season.”

The Kings’ problems at the Moda Center continued, however. Sacramento has dropped eight straight games to the Blazers in Portland.

Next up, the Kings return home to face the Grizzlies on Saturday.


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