EditorsNote: Corrects Kings shooting % (6th graf); a few other minor tweaks
Damian Lillard scored 13 of his 35 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a 122-112 victory over the host Sacramento Kings on Friday night.
Hassan Whiteside scored 22 points on 9-of-10 shooting and collected nine rebounds as Portland evened its record at 1-1. CJ McCollum added 19 points, and Anfernee Simons scored 15 off the bench for the Trail Blazers.
De’Aaron Fox recorded 28 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Kings (0-2). Buddy Hield scored 21 points, Bogdan Bogdanovic added 16 off the bench, Harrison Barnes tallied 13 and reserve Richaun Holmes had 10.
The Kings played without second-year power forward Marvin Bagley III, who broke his right thumb in Wednesday’s season-opening loss to the Phoenix Suns.
Portland shot 54.1 percent from the field and made 11 of 30 3-point attempts.
The Kings shot 42.5 percent, including 15 of 37 from behind the arc. Hield and Bogdanovic each made four 3-pointers.
Sacramento was within 102-97 after Fox made two free throws with 6:46 left.
Portland began to pull away, though, as Zach Collins hit two free throws, and Lillard added a layup and a 3-pointer to make it 109-97 with 5:51 remaining.
Lillard connected on a 31-foot 3-pointer to make it 112-100 with 5:07 left. A short time later, McCollum scored five straight points to push the lead to 119-104 with 3:27 remaining, and the Trail Blazers cruised to the finish.
Portland scored the first 12 points of the second half, with McCollum sinking a 20-footer to give the Trail Blazers a 69-57 lead.
The lead was again 12 after Rodney Hood’s 20-footer with 7:37 left, but Sacramento answered with a 13-2 surge to move within 75-74 on a dunk by Holmes with 5:21 remaining.
Later in the stanza, Portland rattled off 11 straight points to open a 90-76 advantage with 1:48 left. Barnes drained a 3-pointer from the right corner with 37.1 seconds left as the Kings trailed 94-84 entering the final quarter.
The contest was tied at 57 at the break, with Lillard scoring 14 for Portland and Fox having the same amount for the Kings.
—Field Level Media