Kings and Blazers Combine for 89 Points in 4th Quarter of Weird Game

Ben LeibowitzCorrespondent IIIJanuary 8, 2014

Jan 7, 2014; Sacramento, CA, USA; Portland Trail Blazers small forward Nicolas Batum (88) and shooting guard Wesley Matthews (2) surround Sacramento Kings point guard Isaiah Thomas (22) for a foul by Batum during the fourth quarter at Sleep Train Arena. The Sacramento Kings defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 123-119. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The Sacramento Kings and Portland Trail Blazers combined for 89 points in the fourth quarter alone on Tuesday in one of the most bizarre games of the 2013-14 NBA season.

Portland scored 46 points in the final 12 minutes of action, while Sacramento posted 43 of its own. The Kings led by as many as 19 points before the Trail Blazers stormed back behind a 41-point performance from Damian Lillard.

The Kings have made a habit of blowing big leads this season, but they held on to win a nail biter, 123-119.

In addition to 89 fourth quarter points, the game featured 62 foul calls—37 on Portland, 25 on Sacramento—including a phantom foul call on an and-1 three from Lillard that nearly brought the Trail Blazers all the way back.

Sacramento got another huge win behind the performances of DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gay and Isaiah Thomas.

Cousins finished with 35 points and 12 rebounds; Gay had 32 points, five rebounds and four assists and Thomas wound up with 22 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. The Kings' “Big Three” totaled 89 points combined.

Sac-Town’s last three wins have come against the Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets and Miami Heat. Their last two losses occurred against the Philadelphia 76ers and Charlotte Bobcats (both at home).

The Kings have been giant killers this season, but they haven’t been able to get motivated when facing sub-.500 teams.

Portland’s 29th ranked bench, meanwhile, continued to struggle. The second unit could only muster 16 points (nine were courtesy of Mo Williams).

Finally, as if 62 fouls and 89 fourth quarter points wasn't odd enough, things got weird when Kings' mascot "Slamson the Lion" got a little too familiar with "Boogie."

Needless to say, this game was just plain odd.