NBA Game Summary - Sacramento at Portland
(Tuesday, December 16th)
Final Score: Portland 109, Sacramento 77
Portland, OR (Sports Network) - Brandon Roy hit 15-of-15 from the free throw line en route to a game-high 29 points and the Portland Trail Blazers had little trouble disposing of the Sacramento Kings, 109-77.
Nicolas Batum and Rudy Fernandez each scored 12 points and LaMarcus Aldridge needed 20 shots to net 15 points to go with 10 rebounds for Portland, which snapped a three-game skid.
John Salmons logged a team-high 21 points and Francisco Garcia finished with 12 points for the Kings, who shot a woeful 31.6 percent from the field a night after giving interim head coach Kenny Natt a win in his debut.
Salmons recorded 16 points with a pair of assists in the first quarter, but the Blazers still held a 28-27 lead thanks to their inside-outside play.
The Kings failed to hit a field goal in the final 4:45 of the second, and Roy scored 11 straight Portland points to make it a 50-40 Blazers advantage. Roy started the spurt with a pair from the charity stripe after Kings guard Bobby Jackson was ejected for arguing a no-foul call on a drive to the basket.
A pair of Steve Blake jumpers moved the lead to 54-42 at the break, and the hosts broke it open in the third. A 17-2 rally capped by a Roy layup made it a 79-53 game with under two minutes to play in the third.
The 21-point difference heading to the fourth was never threatened by the visitors.
Blazers great and current Phoenix head coach Terry Porter had his jersey number (30) retired at halftime. Porter's Suns will be in Portland to take on the Blazers on Thursday...Portland swept the season series against the Kings, 3-0...The Kings had lost 10 of their previous 11 before firing head coach Reggie Theus on Monday...Joel Przybilla and Greg Oden pulled down 14 and 10 rebounds, respectively, for Portland, which owned a 59-38 edge on the glass.
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