Apr 9, 2014; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Earl Watson (17) dribbles the ball around Sacramento Kings guard Ray McCallum (3) during the first quarter at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

Sacramento Kings Fall At Portland On Dorell Wright’s 3-Pointer


The Sacramento Kings rallied in the fourth quarter, but fell just short when Dorell Wright canned a 3-pointer with 7.9 seconds left to give the Portland Trail Blazers a 100-99 win at the Moda Center in Portland, Ore., on Wednesday.

It was Wright’s only basket of the game. Ray McCallum misfired on a long 2-pointer as time wound down and Robin Lopez got the rebound for the Blazers (51-28)

The Kings (27-52) got behind by as much as 15 points in the late stages of the first half, but rallied to tie the game 84-84 on a McCallum 3-pointer with 8:17 remaining in the game.

Sacramento played for a second straight night without injured forward Rudy Gay, out with a lower back strain. Point guard Isaiah Thomas missed his ninth straight game with an injured right quad.

DeMarcus Cousins had given Sacramento a 99-97 lead with 14.8 seconds left with a pair of free throws.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 22 points for the Trail Blazers. Damian Lillard went for 19 points and 10 assists and Wesley Matthews also scored 19 points. Lopez finished with 13 points and nine rebounds and Nicolas Batum had 11 points. Thomas Robinson, the Kings’ first-round pick in 2012, came off the bench for nine rebounds.

Cousins led the Kings with 30 points, 12 rebounds and three steals. McCallum finished with 23 points, eight assists and three steals and was 4-for-4 from behind the arc. Ben McLemore scored 16 points.

Sacramento was 39-for-91 (42.9 percent) overall, 5-for-11 (45.5 percent) from 3-point range and 16-for-22 (72.7 percent) at the free-throw line. Portland was 38-for-75 (50.7 percent), 7-for-23 (30.4 percent) and 17-for-22 (77.3 percent).

The Kings had a 45-43 rebounding edge and scored 23 points off 18 Portland turnovers.

Sacramento plays its final road game of the season Saturday in Los Angeles, when they play the Clippers at 12:30 p.m.

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