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Kings’ winning streak ends at hands of Trail Blazers

Kings forward DeMarcus Cousins, center, reacts after no foul was called on a shot against the Portland Trail Blazers during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016. The Trail Blazers won 102-89.
Kings forward DeMarcus Cousins, center, reacts after no foul was called on a shot against the Portland Trail Blazers during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016. The Trail Blazers won 102-89. The Associated Press

Player of the game: C.J. McCollum had 20 points and seven assists as the Portland Trail Blazers ended the Kings’ four-game winning streak with a 102-89 victory Wednesday night at Moda Center. Six players scored in double figures for the Trail Blazers, who stopped a six-game skid. DeMarcus Cousins had 28 points, eight rebounds and six assists for the Kings.

Turning point: A slow start doomed the Kings, who trailed 30-21 after the first quarter and never recovered. Portland’s lead grew to 20 in the second half.

X-factor: Offensive inconsistency continued for Sacramento’s starting backcourt, which was outscored 33-11. Ben McLemore and Darren Collison combined to shoot 4 of 16.

Injuries: The Kings’ Rudy Gay (strained right hip flexor) and Arron Afflalo (strained right elbow) and Portland’s Damian Lillard (sprained ankle) sat out.

Records: Kings 14-18; Trail Blazers 14-20

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