SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Damian Lillard scored 22 of his season-excessive 50 factors within the third quarter, and the Portland Path Blazers beat the Sacramento Kings 118-one hundred on Friday night time.
Lillard scored at will, making sixteen of 26 photographs — together with eight three-pointers — and all 10 of his free-throw makes an attempt. He reached the half-century mark by the top of the third interval and sat the whole fourth.
Lillard, who additionally had six assists, joined teammate CJ McCollum and Houston’s James Harden as the one gamers to attain 50 factors by means of three quarters this season.
Maurice Harkless added 15 factors, McCollum scored thirteen and Ed Davis had 5 factors and 14 rebounds for Portland, which made 15 three-pointers. The Blazers have been coming off an additional time win in Charlotte on Thursday that snapped a 3-recreation dropping streak. (Story continues under)
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Lillard, Portland’s lone All-Star this season, scored 15 points during a 17-0 run that closed out the third quarter and put the Blazers up 92-74. He made two 3s during the run and silenced the crowd when he drove the left side of the lane and flipped the ball in with his right hand.
Sacramento made five consecutive 3s in the fourth quarter, four by Buddy Hield, and pulled within 107-94 with 4:45 left. Shabazz Napier made a 3-pointer for Portland to stop the Kings’ surge.
Willie Cauley-Stein had 19 points and six rebounds, and Zach Randolph added 17 points and nine boards for Sacramento.
Lillard had 14 points and made three of Portland’s six 3-pointers in the first quarter. Evan Turner hit an off-balance 11-footer to end the period and put the Blazers up 33-31.
After Randolph’s layup over Nurkic pulled Sacramento within 49-47 in the second, Lillard scored nine consecutive points and then added a 17-foot step-back jumper with 1.7 seconds left to put Portland up 62-52 at halftime.
Blazers: Lillard’s eight 3-pointers are one shy of his own franchise record, which he matched earlier this season against Houston on Dec. 9. … Portland improved to 2-1 against the Kings this season. The teams split back-to-back games in November.
Kings: Iman Shumpert, who was part of the trade that sent George Hill to Cleveland, arrived for the game but did not suit up. … Skal Labissiere (left…