Sacramento Kings game wrap: Blazers put game out of reach with 26 point win 125-99 over Kings

The Sacramento Kings power forward Nemanja Bjelicia (8) and center Hassan Whiteside (20) look helpless watching the Portland Trailblazers Damian Lillard (0) dunk on them Sat Jan 9, 2021 at Golden One Center in Sacramento (theintelligencer.com photo)

By Jeremiah Salmonson

The Sacramento Kings were coming into Saturday nights game looking to change the trajectory of their season. The Kings have been struggling lately. They have been on a stretch of games that one part of the team has faltered late in games. The Kings were set to welcome in the Portland Trailblazers on Saturday night at 7 PM PST. That warm welcome was upended by the Trailblazers getting a 24 point win over the Kings 125-99 at Golden One Center in Sacramento.

In the Kings previous game on Friday night in Sacramento, they were trampled in the second half by the Toronto Raptors in the second half. The Kings were leading at halftime, but the defense and offense fell apart in the latter half. De’Aaron Fox and Harrison Barnes led the way for the Kings but it wasn’t enough as the Raptors registered a convincing 144-123 win.

In the first half of Saturday’s game, it wasn’t pretty for the Kings. They were out scored 38-24 in the first quarter as CJ McCollum put the Blazers on his back scoring 12 points. In the second quarter, it was more of the same. The Blazers continued to torch the Kings as they outscored them 28-23 in the second quarter to take a 66-49 lead. CJ McCollum finished the half with 16 points and Harrison Barnes had eight points leading the Kings.

In the second half, the Kings continues to falter. The point spread after the third quarter had grown to 27 points. The Kings at this point had a very small chance of winning. CJ McCollum put up 16 points in the third quarter to take over the game.

That propelled the Blazers to a 93-69 point lead heading into the final quarter. I’m the fourth, the Kings were outscored again 33-30. That put the Blazers in front for good with a final of 125-99. It was a good old fashioned blowout. The Kings top scorer was Marvin Bagley at 15 points. CJ McCollum led the Blazers with 37 points.

The Kings will need to go back to the drawing board and evaluate what they need to do in order to start winning. The Indiana Pacers pay the Kings a visit on Monday Dec 11th at Golden One for a 7:00pm tip. The Kings have lost five of their last six games and the Pacers have won five of their last eight games.

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