Steve Blake made six 3-pointers and scored 20 points, and the Portland Trail Blazers pulled away in the third quarter Friday night for a 117-94 victory over the struggling Sacramento Kings.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Steve Blake made six 3-pointers and scored 20 points, and the Portland Trail Blazers pulled away in the third quarter Friday night for a 117-94 victory over the struggling Sacramento Kings.
After shooting 59 percent in the opening half, the Blazers scored the final 10 points of the third quarter to open a 94-69 lead that was never cut below 20 in the fourth.
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 19 points for the Blazers, who made 14 of 26 3-point attempts. Brandon Roy scored 16 points, Bo Outlaw had 15, Rudy Fernandez added 14 and Joel Przybilla contributed 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Rookie Jason Thompson had 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Kings, who have lost three of four games. Brad Miller scored 16 points, Spencer Hawes had 15 and Bobby Brown added 11 points and seven assists.
Blake and Outlaw both made a pair of 3-pointers and joined Roy with eight third-quarter points for Portland, which outscored Sacramento 37-18 in the period and rendered the Arco Arena crowd silent.
The Blazers conclude a stretch of seven of eight games on the road Saturday in Phoenix. They return home, where they are 4-0, for a Monday rematch against the Kings.
The Kings continue to play without leading scorer Kevin Martin, starting forward Mikki Moore, and top reserve Francisco Garcia. All three players have ankle injuries.
After opening the season with three straight wins at home, the Kings have dropped four straight, a rarity in the Sacramento era, where noisy Arco Arena has always been a tough place for opponents. The Kings had back-to-back two-point losses last week to Phoenix and San Antonio.
In a fast-paced opening half, it was Aldridge scoring 13 of his 15 points in the second quarter as Portland took a 57-51 lead at the break. Hawes came off the bench to score 10 points for the Kings.
Portland, which leads the NBA in 3-point percentage, made four straight at one point in the first quarter, including three by Blake. The 3-point barrage continued in the second quarter as the Blazers continued to expose an early season defensive weakness of the Kings.
Notes: Thompson had seven points and six rebounds in the opening quarter for the Kings, who trailed 28-25 Przybilla continued his amazing early season shooting, hitting his first four attempts. He entered the game shooting 81 percent. Kings point guard Beno Udrih went crashing to the floor and left the game after taking an elbow by Greg Oden late in the third quarter. Although not seriously injured, Udrih did not play again.