Damian Lillard typically treats Golden 1 Center like a second home.
Nothing was different Friday night as Lillard scored 13 of his 35 points in the fourth quarter in the Trail Blazers' 122-112 victory over the Sacramento Kings. Lillard has averaged 34.9 points in his last five games in Sacramento.
Hassan Whiteside scored 16 of his 22 points in the third quarter, and he also grabbed nine rebounds for the Blazers, who evened their record at 1-1.
De'Aaron Fox led the Kings (0-2) with 28 points.
Portland started the third quarter on a 12-0 tear to go ahead 69-57. The Kings used a 17-3 swing to pull within 75-74 midway through the quarter. The Blazers came back with a 15-2 tear to jack their edge to 90-76.
The Kings closed to within 96-91 with nine minutes left. Lillard scored 10 straight Portland points to hike the difference to 114-101 with 4:50 left. Sacramento got no closer than 10 the rest of the way.
Sacramento led through most of the first half, stretching its advantage to 52-45 late in the second quarter. Portland used an 8-0 run to go ahead 53-52; it was 57-57 at halftime. Lillard had 14 points and Anfernee Simons 12 for the Blazers at the break. The Kings were 10 for 19 from 3-point range before intermission.
The Kings were without power forward Marvin Bagley, who missed the game with a thumb injury.
The Blazers continue their road trip at 4 p.m. Sunday at Dallas.
You count on us to stay informed and we depend on you to fund our efforts. Quality local journalism takes time and money. Please support us to protect the future of community journalism.