Trail Blazers 96, Kings 85

Rick Hurd, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- For the second straight night, LaMarcus Aldridge was a problem the Sacramento Kings couldn't solve.
The eighth-year forward dominated inside with 22 points and 14 rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers completed a home-and-home sweep of the Sacramento Kings with a 96-85 victory on Saturday night. Aldridge finished the two-game set with 42 points and 21 rebounds.
Guard Wesley Matthews added 21 points for the Trail Blazers, who followed Friday's 104-91 victory over Sacramento by taking control underneath in the second quarter and never letting up. Portland led by as many as 22 points in the fourth quarter.
Center DeMarcus Cousins finished with 33 points and 12 rebounds for the Kings, who cut into an 80-58 deficit with a 22-7 run in the fourth quarter. Cousins scored 17 points in the fourth quarter.
Two free throws by Portland forward Robin Lopez and a 3-pointer by forward Nicolas Batum kept Sacramento from getting any closer, and the Kings lost for their fifth straight since winning their opener.
Guard Ben McLemore had 13 points and guard Isaiah Thomas had 12 points for Sacramento.
Portland outrebounded Sacramento 52-33, including 19-8 on the offensive end. Their biggest edge came in the second quarter when they dominated the glass 11-2 on the offensive end en route to a 45-38 halftime advantage.
NOTES: The Kings and Trail Blazers have faced each other in consecutive games four times since the Kings began playing in Sacramento in 1985, but Saturday's game marked the first time the two franchises have played each other on consecutive nights. ... Portland rookie G CJ McCollum has yet to play his first game because of a fractured bone in his left foot. ... Cousins averaged 21.6 points in Sacramento's first five games, the highest-scoring NBA center. He also led all centers in steals and was tied with former University of Kentucky teammate and current Washington Wizards G John Wall for fifth in the league at 2.40 steals per game. ... Trail Blazers G Damian Lillard's 20 3-pointers were the most by any Portland player in the team's first five games. ... Matthews started the night in fifth place on the Trail Blazers' career 3-point list after moving past Clyde Drexler in the first meeting between the clubs. Matthews' 465 3-pointers trailed Terry Porter (773), Damon Stoudamire (717), Nicholas Batum (517) and Clifford Robinson (492).

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