Kings beat Trail Blazers 125-121, extending Portland road woes
Success at home behind them, the Trail Blazers returned to their losing road ways Wednesday.
Portland fell to 1-8 away from Moda Center, as Sacramento took over in the fourth quarter and beat the Blazers 125-121. The loss came a night after a win over Denver at home, which completed a 4-0 homestand that moved the Blazers to 9-1 at home.
The Blazers (10-9) drew within 121-117 on Nassir Little's 3-pointer and, after a couple missed Sacramento free throws, had the ball on an out of bounds play. But, the Blazers were called for a rare five-second out of bounds violation (by CJ McCollum).
Sacramento's Buddy Hield buried four free throws down the stretch to seal the win.
Damian Lillard had 32 points, 10 assists and six rebounds. Jusuf Nurkic had 28 points and 17 rebounds before fouling out. Norman Powell had 22 points. McCollum had an off night with 13 points on 6-of-20 shooting.
Lillard and McCollum went a combined 4 of 18 on 3-pointers. The Blazers shot .316 on 3-pointers (12 of 38).
Continuing a bad trend for Portland on the road, the home team shot well — .523 overall, including 12 of 33 on 3-pointers (.364). The Kings won despite missing 11 free throws.
"We just couldn't come up with stops," Lillard said. "The effort was there."
Hield had 22 points for Sacramento (7-12), which is playing under a new coach, Alvin Gentry, after the organization fired Luke Walton. De'Aaron Fox had 21 points, despite being ejected in the second half after arguing with an official. Rookie Davion Mitchell (16 points) played well down the stretch in Fox's absence.
Portland's Robert Covington was ejected in the first half for a "hostile act" of throwing his mask to the sideline on his way off the court.
The Blazers still have to play two of the NBA Western Conference's top teams on the road. At 7 p.m. Friday, it's Golden State; at 6 p.m. Monday, it's Utah.
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