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16 Sep 2014
17 Sep 2014
Blazers sweep Sacramento
Aldridge, Matthews lead offense, as Lillard goes 1 of 15 from the field
Portland Trail Blazers 96, SACRAMENTO KINGS 85
(Saturday night, Sleep Train Arena, 15,482 announced attendance)
The Blazers led by as many as 22 points, with LaMarcus Aldridge getting a team-high 22 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.
WHAT IT MEANS
Portland completed a two-game, two-day, home-and-away sweep of Sacramento.
The Blazers (4-2) have won four of their past five games.
The Kings dropped to 1-5.
In addition to Aldridge, Wesley Matthews was hot on offense, making 8 of 11 field-goal attempts for 21 points.
For Sacramento, big body DeMarcus Cousins followed up his 35-point outing in Friday's loss at Portland with 33 points and 12 rebounds, getting 25 points after halftime.
Portland outrebounded the Kings 52-33 and matched them in fast-break points, with 12 apiece.
The Blazers outscored Sacramento 24-16 in the third quarter to extend their lead to 69-54.
Portland won despite a 1-for-15 shooting night from the floor by Damian Lillard, who had 4 points.
Lillard: "I'm not going to go shoot a thousand jumpers because I went 1-for-15. It's not going to happen too often, I know that."
Matthews: "I'm just playing basketball. Taking what the game is giving me. I'm not forcing anything, I'm not rushing anything."
The Blazers will play host to Detroit at 7 p.m. Monday, Moda Center. The Pistons are 2-3 and have lost two in a row, the latest a 119-110 home setback against Oklahoma City on Friday.