Dec 8, 2012; Portland, OR, USA; Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) posts up against Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard Wesley Matthews (2) at the Rose Garden. Mandatory Credit: Craig Mitchelldyer-USA Today Sports

Kings Earn First Road Win With Rout of Blazers


All five starters scored in double-digits as the Sacramento Kings got their first road win of the season with a 99-80 rout in Portland. This is also their third straight win, as this team may finally be gaining some confidence.

John Salmons led the way with 19 points and 11 assists, and DeMarcus Cousins had 19 as well with 12 rebounds.

The Kings came out strong in the first quarter, and they led by 12 after one thanks to nine turnovers by the Trail Blazers. But the second quarter was a different story, as Sacramento made just three field goals to allow to cut the lead to 43-41 at halftime.

Then, as if someone had flipped a switch, the Kings came out firing on all cylinders to begin the second half. Francisco Garcia, Aaron Brooks, and John Salmons all hit three-pointers to give them some separation.

They took a double-digit lead into the fourth quarter and would take the win by 19 points over the Trail Blazers, their first of the year.

The Kings will travel to Dallas on Monday to face the Mavericks.

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