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Kings 91, Portland 104: Cousins Dominates but gets little help on the offensive end

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DeMarcus Cousins had his biggest game of the season so far, but his teammates couldn't hit shots and the whole team had trouble stopping Portland from hitting theirs.

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3:03 remaining in the 4th 1 2 3 4 Total
Sacramento Kings 22 27 17 20 86
Portland Trail Blazers 29 25 23 19 96

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The Sacramento Kings dropped to 1-4 on the season after another poor shooting night.  The Kings were led by DeMarcus Cousins' 35 points, 9 rebounds and 4 steals.  Cousins shot 13-25 from the field but the rest of his teammates combined for just 37.7%.

The Trail Blazers were led in scoring by Damian Lillard (22 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists) and LaMarcus Aldridge (20 points, 7 rebounds).  Aldridge in particular helped stymie a Kings rally down the stretch by hitting turnaround jumper after turnaround jumper.  After scoring just 10 points on 13 shoots in the first three quarters, he scored 10 on 7 shots in the final quarter to help carry the Blazers to victory.

The Blazers also got a lot of help from their supporting cast.  Wes Matthews was the leading scorer for most of the night, finishing with 18 points on 7-11 shooting.  Former Kings rookie Thomas Robinson had 10 points on 4-5 shooting in just 12 minutes off the bench.

Isaiah Thomas had 13 points, mostly in the 4th quarter, but shot just 5-15.  Greivis Vasquez, Patrick Patterson and Travis Outlaw all finished in double digits on 50% shooting but the Kings didn't get any help from Marcus Thornton (2-11), John Salmons (1-6) or Ben McLemore (didn't take a shot in 7 minutes).  The Kings as a team were just 6-22 from downtown.

Perhaps the biggest factor of the game was on the glass, where Portland dominated 47 to 31.  Portland capitalized on this for 17 second chance points.

Both these teams will meet again tomorrow night in Sacramento, where the Kings will begin a five-game homestand.

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