Kings crown Trail Blazers
Portland, OR (Sports Network) – Kevin Martin scored 33 points and Ron Artest
added 23 with nine rebounds to pace Sacramento to a 104-96 win over the Trail
Mike Bibby scored 13 and Shareef Abdur-Rahim had 10 for the Kings, who have
won three in a row, including a road win over the Lakers Friday night.
Sacramento continues to chase for the eighth playoff spot the Western
Conference. The Kings are currently two games behind that position.
“Right now we’re in a situation where we have to scratch and claw to get into
the eighth spot,” Artest said. “We’re just figuring it out right now. This was
a must win for us.”
Zach Randolph had 24 points and 12 rebounds for the Blazers, who lost for the
third time in four contests. Brandon Roy ended with 15 points and seven
assists, Martell Webster scored 14 and Jarrett Jack 13 in a losing cause.
“We didn’t bring it tonight; we were sluggish,” Roy said. “It’s important for
us to get going early in a game. It’s disappointing.”
For a second straight night, the Kings didn’t trail. They scored the first
four against the Blazers, a Martin reverse layup and a Bibby jumper. It was
33-25 after 12 minutes.
Consecutive baskets by Francisco Garcia moved the visitors to a 43-33
advantage and it was 57-51 at the break.
Although the Blazers stayed within double digits most of the third, they still
trailed 82-74 going into the fourth.
Roy’s two free throws had Portland within 82-78, but the Kings responded with
a 10-2 spurt with Martin’s jumper ending the rally.
Portland crawled within five, the last time at 98-93 on Roy’s three-pointer
with 1:16 left, but Artest came back with a turnaround jumper and added
another bucket for a 102-93 margin.
Sacramento was 5-of-20 from three-point range…Ime Udoka had 10 points and
LaMarcus Aldridge 10 boards for Portland.