The Sacramento Kings went ice cold in the third quarter, scoring a dismal 16 points in the entire frame. Combined with the 18 point first quarter, the Kings had simply too much of a deficit to overcome.
Starting point guard Isaiah Thomas was away from the team due to a death in the family, and Aaron Brooks only added to the Kings’ headache tonight when he sprained his ankle only seven minutes into the game. Brooks warmed up after halftime, but did not play in the second half.
Portland rookie Damian Lillard has not disappointed thus far, scoring 22 points on 7-10 shooting while dishing out 9 assists. The Trail Blazers seemed to make up for all the nights of poor shooting tonight. The Blazers shot 52 percent from beyond the arc (14-27) and 49 percent from the field (35-72).
The Kings, on the other hand, shot a dismal nine percent (1-11) from the arc. While the Kings actually had one of their best nights from the field, shooting 47 percent; it didn’t seem to matter in the end as they lost 103-86.
The Kings made a run to take a 54-50 lead midway through the third quarter, but went absolutely ice cold to finish the quarter. They entered the game tonight ranking second in the league in defending the three point shot, but gave up 42 points on 14 made three pointers from the Blazers.
Rookie Thomas Robinson had his best game of the season as he returned from a suspension, and was one of the few positives for the Kings tonight. Robinson started his first game in the NBA and scored twelve points on 5-7 shooting. Jimmer Fredette had a rough night shooting but managed to stay aggressive as he filled in at point guard scoring 13 points.