• My Scores
  • NHL
  • NFL
  • NBA
  • NCAA BB
  • NCAA FB

Portland at Sacramento

Trail Blazers 98, Kings 87

CBSSports.com wire reports
  •  

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Just making the playoffs isn't enough for the Portland Trail Blazers. They want to move up as far as possible in the Western Conference.

Western Conference
SeedTeamGB
1o-Dallas-
2x-Denver-
3x-Golden State-
4x-Houston-
5y-L.A. Clippers-
6x-L.A. Lakers-
7x-Memphis-
8o-Minnesota-
Still alive
10z-Oklahoma City-
14y-San Antonio-
Eliminated
9o-New Orleans-
11o-Phoenix-
12o-Portland-
13o-Sacramento-
15o-Utah-
Complete Playoff Race

Brandon Roy scored 24 points, Andre Miller added 23 and the Trail Blazers beat the Sacramento Kings 98-87 on Saturday night.

Portland is fighting San Antonio for the seventh position.

"You want to be the best you can be in the regular season and the regular season is not over," coach Nate McMillan said. "We have an opportunity to move from the eighth spot to the seventh spot and possibly farther. That's what we like to do."

Nicolas Batum and LaMarcus Aldridge each scored 21 points for the Trail Blazers, and Marcus Camby had 15 rebounds. Portland rebounded from a loss at Denver on Thursday night for its 10th victory in 12 games.

"We are playing good basketball and trying to do everything we can to move up," Roy said. "Teams ahead of us are winning games, too, but we can only control what we can. We're just going to go one game at a time."

Beno Udrih led the Kings with 22 points, Jason Thompson added 18, and Carl Landry had 14 points and nine rebounds. The Kings, coming off a five-game trip, have lost seven straight.

The Trail Blazers led 72-69 after three quarters, but Omri Cassipi tied it at 78, and then hit a layup to give the Kings the lead with 7:26 left.

Portland took the lead for good at 85-82 on Batum's 3-pointer and the Trail Blazers outscored the Kings 13-5 the rest of the way.

"They just hit shots at the end of the game," Landry said. "Brandon Roy hit some tough shots. The last time we played them, we scored more field goals than them but we still lost so it's all about execution down the stretch, defense, offense, and we didn't do all that tonight."

Portland's backups scored only seven points.

"We are still going to need our bench," Roy said. "We are going to need them if we are going to make a run for the playoffs."

Notes

  • The Blazers clinched a playoff spot Wednesday night.
  • Sacramento dropped to 17-20 at home. The Kings are 7-33 on the road.
  • Sacramento rookie Tyreke Evans scored six points in the first quarter and did not make another basket. Evans finished 2 of 12 from the floor and had five rebounds and six assists in 34 minutes.
Copyright 2014 by STATS LLC and The Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and The Associated Press is strictly prohibited.
 
 
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
COMMENTS
Conversation powered by Livefyre
Scoreboard
Portland (47-30) «3216242698
Sacramento (24-53) 2524201887
POR:B. Roy 24 Pts
POR:M. Camby 15 Reb
POR:B. Roy 6 Ast
SAC:B. Udrih 22 Pts
SAC:C. Landry 9 Reb
SAC:T. Evans 6 Ast
Players of the Game
SacramentoPortland

B. Udrih

B. Roy
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
22762446

Related Video

December 22, 2014
Josh Smith waived by the Detroit Pistons (1:43)
December 19, 2014
Celtics trade Rondo to Mavericks
(3:00)
December 19, 2014
What's next for the Sacramento Kings?
(2:58)
December 19, 2014
NBA trade rumors with Ken Berger
(3:47)
Portland
L. Aldridge, PF428-175-693221
B. Roy, SG398-147-846224
M. Camby, C381-20-015132
A. Miller, PG339-155-624123
N. Batum, SF306-114-421221
R. Fernandez, SG190-50-03100
D. Cunningham, SF162-40-01044
J. Bayless, PG141-30-01233
M. Webster, SG100-20-01000
J. Przybilla, CDid Not Play
J. Howard, PFDid Not Play
T. Diener, PGDid Not Play
G. Oden, CDid Not Play
P. Mills, PGDid Not Play
J. Pendergraph, PFDid Not Play
Totals 35-7321-2438181798
 47.9%87.5% 
Sacramento
B. Udrih, PG4110-161-276222
C. Landry, PF395-114-691314
T. Evans, PG342-121-35636
J. Thompson, PF339-120-241418
A. Nocioni, SF303-94-442312
O. Casspi, SF275-92-341213
I. Udoka, SG160-10-05130
D. Greene, SF131-50-00132
J. Brockman, PF30-00-00000
S. May, PF30-10-00000
F. Garcia, SGDid Not Play
S. Hawes, CDid Not Play
D. McGuire, PFDid Not Play
Totals 35-7612-2038192387
 46.1%60.0% 
Other Games
Tor 128 Final
Phi 123
Det 85 Final
Atl 91
NO 87 Final
NJ 115
Char 88 Final
Chi 96
Mia 97 Final
Min 84
OKC 121 Final
Dal 116
Pho 98 Final
Mil 107
LAC 90 Final
Den 98