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The Sacramento Kings were unable to repeat Sunday night's success against the Portland Trail Blazers, and were blown out 109-91. The Kings stuck with the Blazers early, but Portland opened up a comfortable lead in the closing minutes of the first half and never looked back. The Kings were once again without DeMarcus Cousins and Tyreke Evans. Cousins did not travel to Portland with the team, based on coach Keith Smart's decision. Tyreke stayed in Sacramento as he continues to recover from a sore left knee.
Portland was led by LaMarcus Aldridge, who finished with 28 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and a steal. Nicolas Batum finished with 18 points, six rebounds and five assists. Damian Lillard and J.J. Hickson each finished with 17 points. Hickson also managed 18 rebounds. Lillard added 11 assists and eight rebounds. Cousins' absence was noticeable in the rebounding, with Portland out-rebounding Sacramento 53-35, including 17 offensive rebounds for the Blazers.
The Kings were led by John Salmons, which says pretty much all you need to know about the Kings performance. Salmons ended with 19 points and four assists. Isaiah Thomas was the second-leading scorer with 12 points and a team-high six assists.
Akis will have a full recap up later. Until then, share your thoughts, reactions, and exasperation in the comments.