NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, March 9th (All times eastern)
Sacramento Kings (21-42) at Portland Trail Blazers (37-28), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Portland Trail Blazers hope to bounce back from one of their worst defensive performances of the season tonight when they take on the Sacramento Kings at the Rose Garden.
Carmelo Anthony posted 30 points on Sunday to lead Denver to a 118-106 victory over Portland in a Northwest Division battle.
Jerryd Bayless scored 24 points to lead the Trail Blazers, who had won five of six coming into the game. Andre Miller added 29 points and LaMarcus Aldridge had 16 for Portland. Brandon Roy, however, made just 3-of-14 from the floor for 12 points in defeat.
"Every time we would get it under 10, we would turn the ball over, miss some free throws or just something to allow them to get their momentum back," Blazers head coach Nate McMillan said.
Defense has been a key to Portland's success all year and the team is a miserable 4-16 when they allow 100 points or more.
The Kings, meanwhile, dropped their second straight game on Sunday when Kevin Durant scored 27 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out five assists, as the Thunder stayed hot with a 108-102 win over Sacramento at ARCO Arena.
Rookie star Tyreke Evans paced the Kings with 24 points and seven assists, but Sacramento suffered its eighth loss in 11 games. Carl Landry provided 20 points and eight rebounds, while Francisco Garcia had 14 points in the setback.
"We did so many good things out there against a really good team," said Kings head coach Paul Westphal. "They're one of the best defensive teams in the league, and we really defended them pretty well, but we couldn't keep them off the glass."
Rookie Omri Casspi was given the night off by Westphal against Oklahoma City but is expected to be back in the lineup tonight as Sacramento attempts to stop a four-game slide against the Blazers.
03/09 10:30:36 ET