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Postgame notes: Kings defended three-point line well until it mattered most

PORTLAND,Ore. The play by Portland to win tonight’s game, 100-99, at Moda Center, was a tough one for the Kings.

Damian Lillard found Dorell Wright for an open corner three with 7.6 seconds to give the Trail Blazers the lead.

The Kings, who struggle defending the three, held the Blazers to 30.4 percent from three-point range for the game, a number they’d take most nights.

But when the only thing that could beat the Kings was a three, they gave one up.

“Lillard does such a good job of attacking, he puts two on the ball and then you come over and tag on the roller, (LaMarcus) Aldridge, and now you have Dorell Wright spotting up. Give Dorell credit, hits a big, big shot for them and then we don’t get a great shot on the other end.”

Blazers coach Terry Stotts explained what he was looking for on that play:

“In that situation, you have L.A. and Damian in a pick and roll and they have to make a play. With Nic (Batum), Wes (Matthews) and Dorell out there, they have to make a decision. Reggie Evans was guarding Dorell and he was protecting with LA on the roll and Dorell was open. It was a good decision by Damian to find him and showed trust that you have to take what the game gives you and Dorell knocked it down.”

• Rudy Gay tried to play today but his back didn’t respond well and he sat out tonight with a lower back strain. It was his second game missed with the injury.

• DeMarcus Cousins moved into ninth all-time in Sacramento history in points (5,130) and steals (392).

Cousins passed Brad Miller in points (5,117) and Francisco Garcia in steals (391).