NBA Game Summary - Sacramento at Portland
(Tuesday, December 15th)
Final Score: Portland 95, Sacramento 88
Portland, OR (Sports Network) - LaMarcus Aldridge and Brandon Roy each scored 25 points as Portland used a late surge to beat the Sacramento Kings, 95-88, at the Rose Garden.
Roy had 10 assists, while Jerryd Bayless scored 10 of his 14 in the final quarter for the Trail Blazers, who snapped a two-game skid. Joel Przybilla had 10 rebounds, while Aldridge contributed nine boards.
The Blazers outscored Sacramento, 29-15, in the final 12 minutes. Portland went 9-of-15 from the field in the last quarter, compared to 6-of-19 for the Kings.
Tyreke Evans had 19 points and seven rebounds for the Kings, who fell to 1-10 on the road this season. That lone win came November 7 at Utah.
Jason Thompson chipped in 18 points and nine rebounds, and Beno Udrih finished with 17 points in defeat.
Thompson's 1-of-2 performance at the charity stripe had the Kings ahead 81-77 with 7:03 remaining, but Portland later used a 6-0 push to go ahead for good. Aldridge gave the hosts the edge at 86-85 with a layup with nearly three minutes to go, and he capped the burst with a three-point play for a 89-85 margin with 1:37 to go.
Sacramento was within three two more times, the last at 91-88 following a Donte Greene layup, but he missed the ensuing foul shot with 1:01 left.
Portland then got a key offensive rebound from Aldridge off a Roy missed jumper, and Bayless made the Kings pay by surging in from the left baseline to bank the ball off the glass and through with 17.8 seconds left. That provided the dagger with a 93-88 cushion.
"I was just trying to help. I thought we were flat a little bit," said Bayless. "It was time for some energy and I just tried to take the ball to the hoop tonight."
The Blazers gained an early nine-point lead, but the teams were deadlocked at 23 after one quarter. Sacramento scored nine in a row at one point late in the second and took a 54-43 lead at the half.
The see-saw battle continued in the third with the Blazers forging a 56-56 tie following an Aldridge jam with 7:14 left. Omri Casspi's dunk in the final minute provided the Kings with a 73-66 moving to the fourth.
"I'm extremely disappointed. I thought we did not play smart basketball in the fourth quarter," said Kings coach Paul Westphal. "This is a tough loss to take for us."
Portland has won four straight meetings...The Blazers welcomed back head coach Nate McMillian. Lead assistant Dean Demopoulos served as Portland's head coach during the team's recent 1-3 road swing after McMillan ruptured his right Achilles' tendon in a Dec. 4 practice...The Kings have dropped seven straight on the road.
12/16 01:51:43 ET