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December 26, 2012
In-game blog: Kings at Trail Blazers

FINAL
Trail Blazers 109, Kings 91

PORTLAND - The Kings could not overcome a poor second quarter and lost to the Blazers Wednesday night at Rose Garden.

John Salmons led the Kings (9-19) with 19 points.

LaMarcus Aldridge led Portland (14-13) with 28 points. He also had 12 rebounds. J.J. Hickson added 17 points and 14 rebounds while rookie point guard Damian Lillard had 17 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds.

After allowing the Kings to record a season-high 31 assists Sunday in Sacramento, Portland had a season-high 31 assists tonight.

The Kings and Blazers split the four-game season series with each team winning a home and road game.

THIRD QUARTER
Trail Blazers 91, Kings 67

*The Kings continue to fall further behind as their shooting continues to slip. After shooting 52.4 percent to start the game, the Kings are now shooting 39.1 percent (25 of 64).

*Portland is dominating the glass with a 41-25 rebounding advantage. J.J. Hickson and LaMarcus Aldridge have 25 rebounds between them for Portland. No King has more than six rebounds.

*Aldridge has a game-high 24 points to go with 11 rebounds. Hickson has 17 points and 14 rebounds. Damian Lillard has 11 points and 10 assists.

*John Salmons has 19 points for Sacramento. The only other King in double figures is Jason Thompson with 11 point

HALFTIME
Trail Blazers 62, Kings 44

PORTLAND - The Kings are shooting more like the Kings. After a 6-for-20 showing in the second quarter the Kings are down to 41.5 percent for the game.

*The Blazers are still hot (57.5 percent from the field) have four playes that have scored in double figures. Nicolas Batum and LaMarcus Aldridge each have 13 points.

*John Salmons led the Kings with 11 points.

*Both teams had eight turnovers but the Kings allowed 14 points off their turnovers while scoring just four off Portland turnovers.

FIRST QUARTER
Trail Blazers 31, Kings 26

PORTLAND - The Kings (52.4 percent) have shot well and already have 10 assists, but the Blazers have been a little better (56.5 percent shooting). The difference has been second-chance points where the Blazers have a 7-0 advantage.

*The Blazers have a 13-6 rebounding advantage, led by LaMarcus Aldridge with five. The Kings are without leading rebounder DeMarcus Cousins, who is not with the team after being reinstated from his suspension Monday.

*John Salmons led the Kings with nine points. Aaron Brooks had six points and four assists.



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