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Kings can’t contain Lillard in loss to Portland

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.

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.

Jason Jones