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Kings can’t keep pace with Trail Blazers, lose 112-97

Video: The Bee's Jason Jones' three takeaways from Sacramento Kings' loss to Portland Trail Blazers

The Bee's Jason Jones' three takeaways from the Kings' loss at Portland: The importance of Rudy Gay, Marco Belinelli's slump, figuring out a way to make a playoff push.
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The Bee's Jason Jones' three takeaways from the Kings' loss at Portland: The importance of Rudy Gay, Marco Belinelli's slump, figuring out a way to make a playoff push.

Player of the game: Damian Lillard had 15 points and matched his career high with 13 assists as the Portland Trail Blazers outclassed a Kings team that never found its legs, falling 112-97 Tuesday night at Moda Center. The Kings shot 41.9 percent and lost their second consecutive game after winning five in a row.

Turning point: Portland outscored the Kings 14-7 over the final 3:33 of the third quarter to take an 88-74 lead and poured it on in the fourth, leading by 21.

X-factor: Three Trail Blazers scored in double figures off the bench, led by Gerald Henderson with 15 points.

Records: Kings 20-25, Trail Blazers 21-26

Key injuries: The Kings’ Rudy Gay (corneal abrasion, left eye) did not play and is day-to-day.

DeMarcus Cousins has a bad shooting night after his Sacramento-record 56 points Monday.

The team has dropped two games in a row after a season-best five-game winning streak.

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