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December 8, 2012
In-game blog: Kings at Trail Blazers

FINAL
Kings 99, Trail Blazers 80

PORTLAND - The Kings won their third consecutive game impressively, blowing out the Portland Trail Blazers, 99-80, at Rose Garden.

The Kings were 0-6 on the road before tonight.

The game was tight in the third quarter but turned in the Kings' favor when seldom-used Travis Outlaw entered the game.

Outlaw would finish with 11 points off the bench and was one of six Kings (7-12) in double figures.

DeMarcus Cousins and John Salmons each had 19 points. Cousins had 12 rebounds while Salmons added a season-high 11 assists.

LaMarcus Aldridge led Portland (8-12) with 17 points. J.J. Hickson added 14 points and 15 rebounds.

THIRD QUARTER
Kings 77, Trail Blazers 65

PORTLAND - The Kings didn't go to their bench much in the third quarter (except for Travis Outlaw for 5:18) and regained control of the game.

The Kings made 5 of 8 three pointers in the quarter and now have all five starters in double figure scoring.

DeMarcus Cousins has 17 points and 12 rebounds. John Salmons has 14 points and a season-high nine assists.

The Kings are shooting just 38.6 percent (27 of 70) but that's fine thus far because Portland is also shooting 38.6 percent (22 of 57).

The difference is turnovers. The Kings have 23 points off 14 Blazer turnovers. The Kings have only allowed eight points off their eight turnovers.

HALFTIME
Kings 43, Trail Blazers 41

PORTLAND - The Kings went from really good to bad when they went to the bench tonight.

Thus, a 12-point lead has dwindled down to two points.

The Kings' backups shot 2 of 15 in the first half, 1 of 13 in the second quarter. Overall the Kings shot 3 of 22 in the second quarter.

That lack of shooting allowed Portland to get back into the game.

Isaiah Thomas got the nod ahead of Jimmer Fredette tonight and had missed all three of his shots and had two turnovers. Fredette hasn't played tonight.

DeMarcus Cousins has nine points and eight rebounds to lead the Kings. Jason Thompson also has nine points.

Wesley Matthews has 12 points for Portland. J.J. Hickson already has 10 rebounds.

FIRST QUARTER
Kings 30, Trail Blazers 18

PORTLAND - This is the kind of start the Kings needed on the road.

The Kings forced nine turnovers in the first quarter and held Portland to 35.3 percent shooting (6 of 17). The Kings have 14 points off those turnovers.

And the Kings appear serious about sharing the ball. They already have nine assists, six by John Salmons.

DeMarcus Cousins has seven points and five rebounds. Francisco Garcia started for Tyreke Evans (sore left knee) and added seven points.



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