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