Lillard has 26 points as Blazers beat Kings 116-99
ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 28, 2018 01:27 PM
Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, left, shoots in front of Sacramento Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)
By Anne M. Peterson, Associated Press
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Damian Lillard had 26 points and 12 assists, and the Portland Trail Blazers won their fourth straight with a 116-99 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time).
Jusuf Nurkic added 17 points and nine rebounds for Portland, which sits in fifth place in the Western Conference -- a game back of San Antonio -- after winning five of its last six games. The current four-game winning streak matched the team's longest of the season.
Zach Randolph had 20 points for the Kings, who lost their fifth straight overall. Sacramento has dropped 10 straight games at Portland's Moda Center.
With just 18 wins, Sacramento is in second-to-last place in the West, above only the Phoenix Suns. The Kings have lost four straight and six of their last seven.
The Kings were playing the second of a back-to-back, after losing to Minnesota 118-100 on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time). Randolph sat out that game but returned against the Blazers. Randolph played six seasons in Portland.
Lillard had scored 197 points in the past five games, the most points for a Blazer over a five-game stretch in franchise history.
He had 15 points and five assists in the opening quarter against the Kings, including three three-pointers, to give Portland a 36-26 lead. He was up to 19 points by the half, when the Blazers led 66-53. None of the Kings players were in double figures.
The Blazers led by as many as 17 points in the first half, but the Kings closed the gap in the third quarter, closing within 88-80 to start the fourth.
But CJ McCollum' jumper from out front extended the lead for Portland to 105-88 with 6:40 left. The Blazers led by as many as 18 points down the stretch.
Shabazz Napier had 20 points off the bench for Portland.
When he reached 17 points, Lillard clinched the highest-scoring average for any month in Portland history. He passed Geoff Petrie who averaged 30.4 points in March, 1971. Lillard averaging 32 points for the month.
Lillard had 40 points in the Portland's 106-104 victory over the Suns on Saturday.
Kings: It was the fourth meeting between the two teams. Sacramento's lone win came in the first. ... Willie Cauley-Stein had 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Trail Blazers: Lillard has made a three-pointer in 43 straight games. ... Blazers coach Terry Stotts is the reigning Western Conference Coach of the Month. ... Portland had a season-high 20 fast-break points.
The Kings host the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday (Friday, PHL time).
The Trail Blazers host the Timberwolves on Thursday (Friday, PHL time).