Tonight, the Sacramento Kings (5-8) hosted the Portland Trail Blazers (7-5). Sacramento had won its’ previous three games against Portland.
Portland came in led by their great young core of Brandon Roy, LaMarcus Aldridge and rookie phenom Greg Oden. Sacramento came in following a big win over New Orleans on Wednesday night.
Sacramento played yet again without star guard Kevin Martin and reserve Francisco Garcia. Forward Mikki Moore also missed his third straight game due to injury. Rookies Jason Thompson and Donte Green started in place of Martin and Moore.
Portland was playing without guard Martell Webster.
The Blazers came out hot behind nine first quarter points from Steve Blake and led 28-25 at the end of one.
The Blazers kept the pressure on in the second quarter and led 57-51 at the half. LaMarcus Aldridge had success posting up and had 15 points. Greg Oden had just two points and four rebounds in eight first half minutes.
The Kings struggled to find a rhythm against the Blazers zone defense. The Kings young guns played strong however. Spencer Hawes was effective all over the court offensively, showing both range and power. Jason Thompson had nine points and nine rebounds, making Aldridge work at the defensive end.
In the third quarter, the Blazers truly imposed their will on the Kings, pulling away and extending the lead to 94-69 at the end of the third quarter. The Blazers couldn’t seem to do anything wrong. Meanwhile, the Kings couldn’t get anything right, missing easy shots and blowing defensive assignments.
The fourth quarter brought more of the same, as the Blazers cruised to a 117-96 win.
Steve Blake led the Blazers with 20 points and five assists. Center Joel Pryzbilla added 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Jason Thompson led the Kings with 19 points and 11 rebounds.
The Kings fell to 5-9 on the season, while the Blazers improved to 8-5. Sacramento will next play at the L.A Lakers on Sunday night. The Kings’ growing pains and inconsistent play continues.