Kings-Blazers: John Salmons Misses Buzzer Beater in Sacramento's Loss

Jason ColdironCorrespondent INovember 24, 2008

Tonight, the Sacramento Kings (5-10) visited the Portland Trail Blazers (8-6). Three days ago in Sacramento, the Blazers beat the Kings 117-96.

Sacramento was again without Kevin Martin and Francisco Garcia. The Trail Blazers were without guard Martel Webster.

The first quarter began with the Kings hurting themselves with seven turnovers.

Beno Udrih couldn’t stay in front of Steve Blake, who disrupted the Kings' defense. The Blazers led 27-21 at the end of one quarter.

The Kings' troubles continued in the second quarter. They had 14 first half turnovers and were outrebounded 23-15. The Trail Blazers seemed to get to every loose ball and win every hustle play.

They led at the half 48-44.

Brandon Roy had 12 first half points, including a couple of impressive driving scores. The chemistry between Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge was obvious. These guys are going to be good together for a long time.

The Kings came out strong in the third quarter and led by as many as eight points. The Blazers came back behind Roy, who hit two big jumpers with the shot clock running down.

At the end of the third quarter, the Blazers led 75-71.

The Kings started the fourth quarter with an 8-2 run. The Blazers held strong, with Roy continuing to lead them and midway through the quarter the Kings led 84-81.

The game went down to the wire. The Blazers led by one with 11.8 seconds left while Sacramento had possession. John Salmons missed a shot at the rim as time expired, giving Portland the win 91-90.

Brandon Roy was huge for the Blazers, scoring a game high 28 points. Blake contributed 12 points, five assists, four steals and three rebounds.

The Kings were led by the 20 points from Salmons.

Sacramento falls to 5-11 on the year and will host New Jersey on Wednesday.