Complete – March 28, 2016 – 10:00 PM ET – Moda Center at the Rose Quarter, Portland, Oregon – Attendance: 19,393 – Duration: 2 Hours, 1 Minutes
Referee #71 Rodney Mott
Referee #77 Karl Lane
Referee #31 Scott Wall
Player Stats
SGSeth Curry3421142023
CWillie Cauley-Stein34132141021
GDarren Collison3210723022
CKosta Koufos3210172121
FOmri Casspi3018560012
FQuincy Acy2810141131
SGBen McLemore263141033
SGJames Anderson228221031
FCaron Butler30000020
SGMarco Belinelli00000000
GRajon Rondo00000000
CDeMarcus Cousins00000000
Player Stats
GDamian Lillard2913911124
SGC.J. McCollum2416321021
FAl-Farouq Aminu2414281112
FNoah Vonleh245160242
CEd Davis238090312
FMaurice Harkless2312230111
SGAllen Crabbe2121141121
SGGerald Henderson2011041053
CMason Plumlee204331032
GBrian Roberts170410110
FCliff Alexander50000010
SGPat Connaughton50000001
SGLuis Montero51010000
Blazers cruise past star-less Kings

PORTLAND, Ore. — Just win, Blazers.

That was all Portland’s NBA team cared about Monday at Moda Center.

The Trail Blazers, who beat Sacramento 105-93 after leading by 28 points, said they didn’t care that the Kings were resting starters DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gay and Rajon Rondo. The Blazers also said they didn’t care that their own starters got a little rest but not a night off.

“It’s silly,” Portland guard Damian Lillard said of the talk that key players, notably himself, perhaps needing more time off down the stretch of the regular season.

Lillard played 29 minutes Monday, seven under his per-game average, and for once he was just one of the guys for the Blazers. He scored 13 points and added a game-high nine assists.

Reserve guard Allen Crabbe led Portland with 21 points. He was one of six Blazers in double figures, as Portland used all 13 of its players and enjoyed a 46-24 edge in scoring off the bench.

Portland improved to 39-36, 24-12 at home, and climbed within 2 1/2 games of the No. 5 team in the Western Conference, Memphis. The Grizzlies fell to 41-33 with a 101-87 home-court loss to the San Antonio Spurs.

“It was good to get one like that,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said of being able to hold his starters to an average of 24 minutes and coast after building a 91-63 lead through three quarters. “It was good not to extend the minutes and move on.”

Portland guard CJ McCollum, who scored 16 points, said the Blazers didn’t count this win before it was hatched against the star-less Kings.

“This is the NBA, so regardless of who comes out there, guys can play,” McCollum said. “You never know what kind of plays they’re going to run, because their entire offense changes without Cousins and Gay and Rondo. There’s less isolations and pick-and-rolls, more fastbreak opportunities.”

The Kings were indeed able to run with the Blazers — for most of one quarter. The teams were tied at 31-31 late in the opening period. Portland then outscored Sacramento 33-17 and stayed on top by 16 at the half, 68-52.

Crabbe said what he liked most about the game was the Blazers’ defensive intensity. The team, he said, talked before the game “to make sure we take their confidence and hit them hard when we first came out.”

Lillard agreed.

“We just had to worry about ourselves, be tight offensively and play together defensively, and just overwhelm them,” the point guard said.

Sacramento (29-45) got a season-high 21 points from guard Seth Curry, who replaced Rondo in the lineup. Forward Omri Casspi added 18 points. Rookie center Willie Cauley-Stein had a game-high 14 rebounds and 13 points.

“We were playing at a pretty good level in the first quarter, then we kind of lost our confidence offensively for two quarters,” Kings coach George Karl said. “Then we finally started making shots, and our defense somewhat improved throughout the game.

“Seth had a solid game. We probably needed our guards to make basketball plays for each other, other than what we got done tonight. We made some good plays, but we never made the kind of plays like the extra-pass play, the extra-together kind of ‘we’ play that motivates a team that has to overachieve to be good. We never got that kind of karma.”

The Blazers have more than good karma going for them, according to Karl.

“Portland has got a bunch of gunslingers,” the Sacramento coach said. “You give them a little space and they punish it. They played very, very well. Early in the game, they made shots. We weren’t playing bad defense, we just weren’t playing good enough defense. The way they play sometimes is they catch you in that no-man’s land or the half-a-second slow reaction.

“They shot the ball so well in the first half (55.6 percent), their confidence was off the charts.”

NOTES: G Damian Lillard passed Kiki Vandeweghe on the Blazers’ all-time scoring list and now ranks 13th with 6,701 career points. … G CJ McCollum became the eighth Blazer to post 1,500-plus points and 300-plus assists, joining Lillard, Clyde Drexler, Brandon Roy, Geoff Petrie, Sidney Wicks, Tom Owens and Mychal Thompson. … The Blazers’ bench took 37 of the team’s 80 field-goal attempts. … Portland was 14-for-29 from 3-point range. The Blazers made 11 in the first half (on 15 attempts), one short of the franchise record for 3-pointers made in a half. … The Blazers took a 3-0 lead in the season series.

Blazers dominate Kings on glass in win

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard get much of the credit for the Portland Trail Blazers’ unlikely rise in the Western Conference standings, what with their backcourt ability to shoot and dart to the hoop.

But the Blazers bring a lesser known weapon to the floor each night, too, and it made the difference in a 115-107 victory over the Sacramento Kings at Sleep Train Arena on Tuesday that moved Portland another step closer to a playoff berth.

“For the season, we’ve been a good offensive rebounding team,” Portland coach Terry Stotts said. “It’s been a strength of ours.”

The Blazers (42-37) dominated the Kings 19-3 on the offensive glass and grabbed three in a row during one sequence late in the fourth quarter, the last of which led to McCollum’s 3-pointer that capped his 30-point night and finally put Sacramento away.

Lillard added 22 points, and McCollum knocked down five 3-pointers during his 11-for-20 night for Portland. His 3-pointer, after Mason Plumlee grabbed two offensive rebounds following McCollum’s own offensive board, capped a 7-0 run that put Portland ahead 106-96 with 2:55 left.

Forward Maurice Harkless added 20 and a career-high 16 rebounds as Portland beat the Kings (31-47) for the sixth straight time. Harkless had seven offensive rebounds and center Mason Plumlee grabbed six.

“You’ve gotta give a lot of credit to Mason and Mo,” Stotts said. “Offensive rebounding is a talent. You really don’t coach it.”

The Trail Blazers (42-37) stayed a half-game behind the Memphis Grizzlies (42-36) in the race for the fifth spot in the West and moved three games ahead of the ninth-place Houston Rockets (38-39). Portland can clinch a playoff spot with two more victories, two more Rockets losses or one win and one Houston loss.

“It’s huge,” Harkless said of the rebounding advantage. “It energized your team when your shots aren’t falling. It’s an easy way to get points.”

The Kings (31-47) will be missing the playoff fun for the 10th consecutive season, but they did have some individuals add to their record seasons.

Guard Rajon Rondo put his name on another line in the Sacramento record book, recording his sixth triple-double of the season with 27 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds. Rondo surpassed Chris Webber’s 1999-2000 triple-double total.

Rondo also moved past Norm Van Lier for seventh place on the Kings’ all-time assist list. He has tallied at least 10 assists in 51 contests, a Sacramento record, and the most for the franchise since Nate Archibald set the team mark with 56 for the Kansas City-Omaha Kings during the 1972-73 season.

DeMarcus Cousins led Sacramento with 30 points and added nine rebounds, etching his name into the record book, as well. Cousins’ 26th contest with at least 30 points tied Mitch Richmond’s Sacramento record set during the 1996-97 campaign.

“No,” Cousins said when asked if the record was something he’d view as a positive in a season mostly composed of negatives for the Kings. “I guess you could look at it that way when you look at season, but no.”

Cousins also picked up his league-leading 17th technical foul when he shoved Trail Blazers guard Gerald Henderson while on his way to the bench during a timeout. Cousins, who already is scheduled to sit out Sacramento’s final two games for rest, would miss one of the two in which he is scheduled to play with a suspension if he picks up another one.

The Kings led for much of the night despite the disadvantage on the offensive glass. But they made just 17 of their 40 shots in the second half.

“We were much better defensively in the second half,” Stotts said. “We rebounded the ball well, and it allowed us to get a little more rhythm to our offensive game.”

Seth Curry scored 17 points and pulled down six rebounds for Sacramento.

NOTES: Sacramento played without F Rudy Gay, G Darren Collison, and C Kosta Koufos, all of whom were given the night off to rest. … Blazers G Damian Lillard needs seven 3-pointers in Portland’s final three games to tie G Wesley Matthews’ franchise record of 826. He already became the first player since Clippers G Chris Paul to record more than 450 assists in each of his first four season. … Kings F Omri Casspi (strained right hamstring) missed his second consecutive game. Casspi is expected to return in time to play in Sacramento’s final four contests. … The Blazers played their final road game, already assured of their worst campaign away from Portland since 2012-13. They face Oklahoma City, Minnesota and Denver in their final three games at home, where they already secured their ninth straight winning season.

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