Player of the game: Portland point guard Damian Lillard showed why he’s one of the best fourth-quarter players in the league, scoring nine of his 31 points in the final period. He also finished with seven assists.
Turning point: After the Kings cut Portland’s lead to 89-88 with 8:23 to play, Lillard scored five points to keep the Trail Blazers in control.
Key stat: The Kings were outscored 24-12 on second-chance points.
X-factors: Derrick Williams kept the Kings in the game in the fourth quarter, scoring 13 of his 18 points. Andre Miller had 12 points and 10 assists off the Sacramento bench.
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Records: Kings 20-37; Trail Blazers 39-19
Injury update: Kings center DeMarcus Cousins sat out his second consecutive game because of a sprained left ankle.
Up next: The Kings play at New York on Tuesday at 4 p.m.