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January 19, 2011
In-game blog (Kings vs. Blazers)

FINALBlazers 94, Kings 90 (Overtime)

The Kings led 81-74 with 6:06 left in regulation, but couldn't close out the Blazers.

Portland ended regulation on an 11-4 run and outscored the Kings 9-5 in overtime.

The loss is the third in a row for Sacramento (9-31).

Nicolas Batum led the Blazers (23-20) with 24 points. LaMarcus Aldridge added 23 points. Andre Miller scored 20.

Beno Udrih led the Kings with 20 points and was one of five players in double figures.

Two things hurt the Kings tonight: They made just 15 of 22 free throws (68.2 percent) and they committed 19 turnovers that led to 18 points.

The Blazers were able to slow the Kings using a zone defense and had just enough offense to win the game.

THIRD QUARTER Kings 65, Blazers 65

Neither team could shoot in the third. The Blazers were six for 20 (30 percent). The Kings were worse at six for 22 (27.3 percent).

The Kings did help Portland out with four more turnovers that led to four points.

This game could come down to free throws. Portland has made all nine of its free throws while the Kings are 10 for 16 (62.5 percent).

DeMarcus Cousins is struggling (two for 11, five points) but the Kings have gotten a lift from Samuel Dalembert.

Dalembert has nine points and eight rebounds off the bench.

HALFTIMEKings 48, Blazers 46

The Kings remain ahead even though they committed six turnovers in the second quarter. The Kings are shooting 52.6 percent (20 for 38) but can't pull away, partly because of the turnovers.

It also doesn't help that Portland is shooting a solid 48.8 percent form the field.

One of the more entertaining matchups has been DeMarcus Cousins against Portland's Joel Pryzbilla.

Pryzbilla isn't the kind to back down and neither is Cousins. Naturally that leads to some competitive chatter between the two.

At one point referee Ron Garretson told the two to watch it. Later Cousins would use some veteran-like arm flailing to draw attention to a hard screen set by Pryzbilla. Pryzbilla was called for an offensive foul on the play.

Tyreke Evans (11 points, four assists) and Beno Udrih (10 points) lead the Kings.

Nicolas Batum leads Portland with 11 points and three assists. Rudy Fernandez has 10 points off the bench for the Blazers.

FIRST QUARTERKings 26, Blazers 21

So far, so good, but we know what that means for the Kings.

Right, let's wait and see.

There are things to like about this start. Tyreke Evans has seven points and three assists. Beno Udrih has six points. The Kings have seven assists on 12 made shots.

The Kings are shooting 54.5 percent, but their key will be defense. Portland isn't shooting poorly (47.6 percent) and Andre Miller leads them with nine points.

The Kings are playing without Francisco Garcia (left calf strain) for the second game in a row.

The Blazers are without Marcus Camby (left knee).

--Jason Jones

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