SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP)—The Sacramento Kings remembered their embarrassing home loss to Portland earlier in the season.
They wouldn’t let it happen again.
Brad Miller had 16 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists to help Sacramento beat Portland 115-91 on Monday night. It was the 10th straight home win for the Kings, who avenged a 105-92 loss Dec. 26 to Portland.
“I remembered it, it was such a bad game, it was probably the low point in my tenure here with the Kings,” said Miller, who played only 28 minutes and watched the blowout Monday night from the bench in the fourth quarter.
Kevin Martin matched his season high with 25 points, Mike Bibby added 16 points and seven assists and Ron Artest had 12 points and eight assists. Kenny Thomas contributed 11 points and 11 rebounds for Sacramento, which led 88-65 going into the fourth quarter.
Martin struggled in his previous two games where he scored a combined 17 points. But he got going early against the Blazers, scoring 13 points in the opening quarter and finishing the half with 17. He made three 3-pointers and was 10-for-15 from the field.
A second-year guard who rarely played a year ago, Martin brought the crowd to its feet several times with acrobatic, breakaway dunks. But he said he would not be heading home to watch his personal highlight reel on ESPN.
“No, I don’t watch ‘SportsCenter’ because I might see the Devean George highlight when he dunked on me the other day (in Los Angeles), so I can’t watch it for another week,” Martin said.
“I sat the bench (with the Kings) for I don’t know how many games,” said Skinner, who came to Portland last week from Sacramento in four-team deal. “It is just a coach’s preference whether or not they are going to play players or not.”
Zach Randolph, Portland’s leading scorer, had only two points in 20 minutes.
“I don’t want to make too much of this game tonight,” Portland coach Nate McMillian said. “We cannot come in here and have a few guys playing hard and other guys not giving an effort. Zach was real bothered by the fact he got hit in the mouth again, it seemed to affect his play.”
Sacramento, which had a season-high 33 assists, will head out for a five-game road trip over the next eight days beginning in Cleveland on Wednesday.
The Kings took the lead for good midway through the first quarter and sluggish Portland trailed by double figures throughout. Sacramento was up 60-45 at the half.
“We didn’t play too much defense and it didn’t work out from there,” Darius Miles said. “They were able to do whatever they wanted to do. The Kings didn’t surprise us, we just had a bad game.”
The Kings have an 8-6 record since Artest joined the team, including a 7-0 record at home. … The Kings had a 52-42 edge in rebounding. … Blake made all five of his first half shots and had 11 points. …The Blazers have used six different lineups the last six games.