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December 23, 2012
In-game blog: Kings vs. Trail Blazers

FINAL
Kings 108, Trail Blazers 96

Six Kings scored in double figures as the Kings (9-18) won for the second time in three games. The Kings totaled a season-best 31 assists while shooting 55.6 percent. Marcus Thornton led the Kings with 22 points.

*Seven Kings had at least two assists, led by John Salmons (seven) and Aaron Brooks (six).

*The Blazers (13-13) shot just 43.5 percent and had 17 turnovers, leading to 22 points for the Kings.

*Travis Outlaw scored a season-high 15 points off the bench for the Kings.

*The Kings made 9-of-19 three pointers.

THIRD QUARTER
Kings 80, Trail Blazers 71

The Kings have already matched their season high with 25 assists. Seven players have at least two assists, due in part to the Kings' hot shooting. The Kings are shooting 51.5 percent tonight (34 of 66).

*The Kings have 22 points off 16 Portland turnovers. The Kings have given up nine points off 12 turnovers.

*Marcus Thornton has 15 points to lead the Kings. Four Kings have already scored in double figures. Three more Kings have at least eight points.

*The Blazers are shooting 40.6 percent (26 of 64). Nicolas Batum has 17 points to lead Portland.

HALFTIME
Kings 49, Trail Blazers 42

The Kings are sharing the ball, playing defense and getting contributions from unlikely sources to take the lead. After falling behind by 10 early in the second quarter, the Kings rallied thanks to their reserves and led by as many as 11 points.

*Travis Outlaw has 13 points off the bench for the Kings. Isaiah Thomas has eight pints and five assists.

*The Kings already have 17 assists. That's not a typo.

*The Kings held Portland to 15 points in the second quarter on 7 of 24 shooting. The Kings have 15 points off 11 Portland turnovers.

FIRST QUARTER
Trail Blazers 27, Kings 21

The Kings forced seven turnovers and converted them into eight points. But the Kings shot just 41.7 percent. If the Kings can begin to shoot better, they should be in position to compete in this game.

*The Blazers shot 52.6 percent and made three of their five three pointers.

*The Kings started the game with Aaron Brooks, Marcus Thornton, John Salmons, James Johnson and Jason Thompson.

The Kings are without Tyreke Evans (sore left knee), Francisco Garcia (sore lower back) and DeMarcus Cousins (team suspension).

Thompson led the Kings with eight points and three rebounds. Nicolas Batum has seven points and three assists for Portland.



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