Portland blows past Sacramento

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Updated: December 27, 2012

Portland, OR (Sports Network) – LaMarcus Aldridge, J.J. Hickson and Damian
Lillard each recorded double-doubles, as the Portland Trail Blazers rolled
over the Sacramento Kings, 109-91, to conclude a home-and-home set at the
Rose Garden.

Aldridge finished with 28 points and 12 rebounds, Hickson contributed 17
points and 14 boards, and Lillard had 17 points and 11 assists for Portland,
which has won six of its last seven.

Nicolas Batum added 18 points, six rebounds and five assists in the victory.

John Salmons paced Sacramento with 19 points and Isaiah Thomas followed with
12 for the Kings, who have lost seven of their last nine.

It was a one-possession game over the opening four-plus minutes of action
until Batum’s four-point play was followed by Hickson going 1-for-2 at the
foul line to give the Trail Blazers a 13-8 lead with 7:06 left in the first
quarter.

Sacramento answered with a 16-10 trek to go on top, 24-23, on a Salmons layup,
but Portland closed out the frame with an 8-2 run to carry a 31-26 advantage
into the second quarter.

The Kings managed to tie the game on three separate occasions in the second,
but they could not take the lead and after Travis Outlaw’s tip-in made it a
37-37 game with eight minutes left in the half, the Trail Blazers outscored
Sacramento by a mark of 25-7 to take a 62-44 advantage into the break on
Batum’s 3-pointer as time expired.

Portland connected on 58.8 percent (10-for-17) of its shots in the decisive
second quarter, while holding the Kings to just 30 percent (6-for-20) from the
floor.

The Trail Blazers also netted 10 points off six Sacramento turnovers to build
their insurmountable lead.

Portland then cruised through the second half as the Kings could get no closer
than 13 points over the final 24 minutes.

Game Notes

Kings center DeMarcus Cousins did not play in the game despite being
reinstated from a team suspension on Monday … The season series between the
teams ended in a 2-2 tie … Hickson recorded his ninth straight double-double
… Portland held a 50-36 advantage in points in the paint and a 27-11 edge in
second chance points.