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Staff report: Sacramento hot in first half and from 3-point range in win at Portland

Sacramento scored 77 first-half points and rolled past the Trail Blazers 123-111 Saturday night at Moda Center.

Bogdan Bogdanovic led six Sacramento players scoring in double figures with 27 points and the Kings knocked down 21 of 39 3-point attempts, matching a franchise high for makes.

The victory moves Sacramento (28-35) ahead of Portland (28-37) and into the ninth spot in the NBA Western Conference. The Blazers are in a virtual tie for 10th place with New Orleans (27-36) and San Antonio (26-35), 4 1/2 games back of No. 8 Memphis (32-32). Portland, with 17 games yet to play, has its next five at home, beginning Tuesday night against Phoenix.

CJ McCollum and Hassan Whiteside each scored 19 points for Portland. Whiteside also had 11 rebounds and three blocked shots.

The Blazers lost the game at the 3-point line, where they made only 10 of 39 tries. Lillard (2 for 10) and McCollum (1 for 7) were a combined 3 for 17 from beyond the arc.

Sacramento jumped to a 26-10 lead in the game's first seven minutes and never looked back. The difference was 35-16 late in the first quarter. The Kings — shooting .552 from the field and sinking 5 of 9 from the 3-point line — took a 40-24 advantage into the second quarter.

The Kings built the margin to 77-54 at half, shooting .577 from the field while making 14 of 21 attempts from beyond the arc.

Sacramento increased its lead to 86-62 midway through the third quarter. The Blazers never seriously threatened the rest of the way.


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