NBA Game Summary - Portland at Sacramento
(Saturday, November 25th)
Final Score: Sacramento 105, Portland 85
Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) - Kevin Martin poured in a game-high 27 points to lead the Sacramento Kings over the Portland Trail Blazers, 105-85, at Arco Arena.
Mike Bibby scored 20 points while Shareef Abdur-Rahim added 13 for the Kings, who have won two in a row.
Zach Randolph had 24 points and eight rebounds and Ime Udoka donated 13 points for the Blazers, who have lost two of their last three contests.
Tied at 13, the Kings went on a 13-5 run, highlighted by John Salmon's two- point play, for a 26-18 lead. Sacramento led 34-26 after the opening 12 minutes.
"John (Salmons) does a phenomenal job of being an un-selfish player," said Sacramento head coach Eric Musselman. "He's a jack of all trade guy, he's like a utility baseball player where he can play center field one day, third base the next day and you can slide him over to second. He just does whatever we ask him to do."
The Kings opened the second quarter with a 19-6 burst, including the final six points of the spurt, extending the lead to 53-32.
Stephen Graham's trey cut the deficit to 63-43, but Abdur-Rahim's jumper as time expired gave the Kings a 65-43 halftime advantage.
Portland began the third quarter with a 12-4 rally, capped by LaMarcus Aldridge's layup, narrowing the gap to 69-55.
Jarrett Jack's three-point play brought the Blazers within 14, 72-58, but Sacramento countered with an 11-4 run, eight of which came at the free throw line, pushing the Kings' lead to 83-62.
Bibby's trey from five feet beyond the arc as time was winding down gave Sacramento an 87-66 margin heading into the fourth quarter.
The Kings went more than 3 1/2 minutes without scoring in the final frame, but Portland couldn't capitalize, netting only four points in that span.
Travis Outlaw's jumper with almost 4 1/2 minutes to play brought the Blazers within 12, 91-79, but that was as close as they would get.
"What is there to talk about? There was no defense," said Portland head coach Nate McMillan. "This entire month we have been coming out with slow starts and coming in defensively not realy to play. We need to scrap our way out of the hole and the hole was too deep tonight by giving up 65 points in the first half. Good teams, they bury you and that is what happened with the Kings tonight. There is no reason for us not to come out and have energy from the get go. We need to start out defensively because we are giving up way too many points. This is something I need to correct."
The Kings shot 49.3 percent from the floor while Portland connected on 45.7 percent of its shots from the field...Sacramento outrebounded the Trail Blazers, 39-28...Jack finished with 11 points...Sacramento's Salmons and Corliss Williamson each netted 10.
11/26 02:07:07 ET