Lillard scores 50 in 3 quarters, Blazers beat Kings 118-100
ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 10, 2018 02:28 PM
Damian Lillard goes to the basket as Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox, rear, watches during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. The Trail Blazers won 118-100. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Damian Lillard scored 22 of his season-high 50 points in the third quarter, and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Sacramento Kings 118-100 on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time).
Lillard scored at will, making 16-of-26 shots — including eight three-pointers — and all 10 of his free-throw attempts. He reached the half-century mark by the end of the third period and sat the entire fourth.
Lillard, who also had six assists, joined teammate CJ McCollum and Houston’s James Harden as the only players to score 50 points through three quarters this season.
Maurice Harkless added 15 points, McCollum scored 13 and Ed Davis had five points and 14 rebounds for Portland, which made 15 3-pointers. The Blazers were coming off an overtime win in Charlotte on Thursday (Friday, PHL time) that snapped a three-game losing streak.
Lillard, Portland’s lone All-Star this season, scored 15 points during a 17-0 run that closed out the third quarter and put the Blazers up 92-74. He made two triples during the run and silenced the crowd when he drove the left side of the lane and flipped the ball in with his right hand.
Sacramento made five consecutive three's in the fourth quarter, four by Buddy Hield, and pulled within 107-94 with 4:45 left. Shabazz Napier made a three-pointer for Portland to stop the Kings’ surge.
Willie Cauley-Stein had 19 points and six rebounds, and Zach Randolph added 17 points and nine boards for Sacramento.
Lillard had 14 points and made three of Portland’s six three-pointers in the first quarter. Evan Turner hit an off-balance 11-footer to end the period and put the Blazers up 33-31.
After Randolph’s layup over Nurkic pulled Sacramento within 49-47 in the second, Lillard scored nine consecutive points and then added a 17-foot step-back jumper with 1.7 seconds left to put Portland up 62-52 at halftime.
Blazers: Lillard’s eight three-pointers are one shy of his own franchise record, which he matched earlier this season against Houston on Dec. 9 (Dec. 10, PHL time). ... Portland improved to 2-1 against the Kings this season. The teams split back-to-back games in November.
Kings: Iman Shumpert, who was part of the trade that sent George Hill to Cleveland, arrived for the game but did not suit up. ... Skal Labissiere (left rotator cuff strain) expects to come back after the All-Star break.
Blazers: Host Utah on Sunday (Monday, PHL time).
Kings: Visit Minnesota on Sunday (Monday, PHL time).