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Kings bounce back from 46-point loss to beat Blazers 86-82

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Willie Cauley-Stein was very comfortable coming off the bench for the first time this season. Sacramento's 7-foot center was just as happy playing out of position, too.

Maybe coach Dave Joerger is onto something.

Cauley-Stein scored 13 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter while playing power forward in Joerger's new-look lineup, and the Kings bounced back from an embarrassing loss earlier in the week to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 86-82 on Friday night.

''Coming off the bench and playing the 4 is good for me, playing in space and not being so claustrophobic in the lane all the time,'' Cauley-Stein said. ''I'm starting to unlock something in the game that I've been working on for a long time, the drive-and-kicks, getting in space and shooting jumpers now that the spacing on the floor is right.''

Cauley-Stein had started every game at center for Sacramento this season before Joerger shuffled his lineup and put veteran Zach Randolph in.

That didn't seem to bother Cauley-Stein, who came on strong at the end. He scored 10 of the Kings' first 12 points in the fourth, including a pair of alley-oop dunks - the first coming when Frank Mason got tangled up and found Cauley-Stein cutting down the lane.

''Getting those easy buckets is key just to get in a rhythm,'' Cauley-Stein said. ''Everything else kind of goes from there.''

Portland stayed close and pulled to 82-80 on a pair of free throws from C.J. McCollum, but De'Aaron Fox's 3-pointer helped Sacramento hold on.

The teams play again Saturday in Portland.

''At the end of the day, I'm happy we have them tomorrow,'' Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic said. ''We're going to show them what we have.''

George Hill and Garrett Temple added 14 points apiece, and Kosta Koufos had 10 points and seven rebounds to help the Kings to their third straight home win over a team with legitimate playoff hopes.

Neither team managed more than 23 points in any of the first three quarters, and the Kings didn't secure the victory until Cauley-Stein made one of two free throws with 3.4 seconds remaining.

''We were playing against one of the top two or three rebounding teams in the league and we did a great job hustling down and coming down to get rebounds,'' Joerger said. ''All 11 guys who played got a defensive rebound, which is what we needed.''

Damian Lillard had 29 points on 9-of-25 shooting and four assists but missed a 3-pointer in the final moments for Portland. McCollum added 19 points.

Two days after losing by 46 points in Atlanta, the Kings held off the Blazers with one of their best defensive efforts of the season. Portland committed 18 turnovers and set a season low in scoring.

''They played with desperation defensively, they were aggressive (and) we didn't handle that very well,'' Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. ''It's hard to win a game shooting 37 percent. There are a lot of areas we could have played better, offensively and defensively.''

The Kings led by eight early in the second before Lillard brought the Blazers back within 42-41 at halftime.

TIP-INS

Trail Blazers: McCollum made at least three 3-pointers in each of his previous six games - the longest streak of his career - but went 0 for 4 from beyond the arc against Sacramento. ... Portland shot 34.6 percent (8 of 20) in the first quarter.

Kings: Sacramento won for the second time in the last 10 games against Portland. . Buddy Hield limped off the court midway through the fourth with a sprained right ankle and did not return. ... Vince Carter (kidney stone) remains sidelined.

TWIN TOWERS

Part of Joerger's plan had Cauley-Stein and fellow 7-footer Koufos on the floor together. That made it tough on Portland's big men and kept Lillard and McCollum from getting to the basket freely. ''Crazy defensive lineup right there,'' Cauley-Stein said. ''That second lineup is key for us coming off the bench with that energy. That defensive effort was big-time.''

SHUT OUT

Portland failed to score a single fast-break point to the chagrin of Stotts. ''We didn't push it as much,'' he said. ''I guess that's part of our identity, that we're not a fast-break team.''

UP NEXT

Trail Blazers: Head back to Portland to host Sacramento on Saturday.

Kings: Play at Portland on Saturday.

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Key Players
D. Lillard
0 G
Z. Randolph
50 F
24.4 Min. Per Game 24.4
13.0 Pts. Per Game 13.0
1.8 Ast. Per Game 1.8
6.1 Reb. Per Game 6.1
40.2 Field Goal % 44.8
40.4 Three Point % 46.0
92.9 Free Throw % 74.1
  Offensive rebound by Pat Connaughton 0:01
  Damian Lillard missed 3-pt. fade-away jump shot 0:01
+ 1 Willie Cauley-Stein made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:03
  Team rebound 0:03
  Willie Cauley-Stein missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:03
  Personal foul on CJ McCollum 0:03
  Defensive rebound by Willie Cauley-Stein 0:03
  Damian Lillard missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:06
  Defensive rebound by Shabazz Napier 0:09
  George Hill missed jump shot 0:14
+ 2 Damian Lillard made layup 0:32
Team Stats
Points 82 86
Field Goals 30-81 (37.0%) 36-85 (42.4%)
3-Pointers 7-25 (28.0%) 4-14 (28.6%)
Free Throws 15-16 (93.8%) 10-15 (66.7%)
Total Rebounds 52 54
Offensive 11 12
Defensive 33 32
Team 8 10
Assists 13 20
Steals 9 11
Blocks 1 5
Turnovers 17 13
Fouls 20 22
Technicals 0 1
29 PTS, 1 REB, 4 AST
22 PTS, 10 REB, 2 AST
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away team logo Trail Blazers 8-7 2021192282
home team logo Kings 4-11 1923182686
Team Stats
away team logo Trail Blazers 8-7 112.2 PPG 48.2 RPG 21.1 APG
home team logo Kings 4-11 115.4 PPG 44.2 RPG 25.4 APG
Key Players
D. Lillard G 27.3 PPG 5.0 RPG 6.0 APG 44.9 FG%
W. Cauley-Stein C 13.8 PPG 8.2 RPG 2.4 APG 53.8 FG%
Top Scorers
D. Lillard G 29 PTS 1 REB 4 AST
W. Cauley-Stein C 22 PTS 10 REB 2 AST
37.0 FG% 42.4
28.0 3PT FG% 28.6
93.8 FT% 66.7
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Lillard 36 29 1 4 2 1 1 0 9/25 5/14 6/6 0 1 40 +8
C. McCollum 37 19 3 3 3 0 4 2 8/15 0/4 3/4 0 3 27 +8
M. Harkless 23 6 5 1 1 0 0 3 3/7 0/2 0/0 1 4 14 +9
J. Nurkic 27 4 7 1 2 0 4 5 2/7 0/0 0/0 1 6 11 -1
C. Swanigan 9 2 4 1 1 0 1 3 1/2 0/0 0/0 1 3 8 -1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Lillard 36 29 1 4 2 1 1 0 9/25 5/14 6/6 0 1 40 +8
C. McCollum 37 19 3 3 3 0 4 2 8/15 0/4 3/4 0 3 27 +8
M. Harkless 23 6 5 1 1 0 0 3 3/7 0/2 0/0 1 4 14 +9
J. Nurkic 27 4 7 1 2 0 4 5 2/7 0/0 0/0 1 6 11 -1
C. Swanigan 9 2 4 1 1 0 1 3 1/2 0/0 0/0 1 3 8 -1
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
N. Vonleh 23 7 6 1 0 0 1 1 3/7 0/0 1/1 4 2 14 -8
E. Davis 22 6 8 0 0 0 3 2 1/3 0/0 4/4 2 6 11 +7
S. Napier 21 5 2 2 0 0 1 3 2/7 1/3 0/0 1 1 10 -9
P. Connaughton 9 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 1/3 1/2 0/0 1 2 6 -1
E. Turner 19 1 2 0 0 0 2 1 0/4 0/0 1/1 0 2 1 -14
M. Leonard 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 1 1 -11
J. Layman 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 2 -7
A. Aminu - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Wilcox - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Baldwin IV - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. Collins - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 233 82 44 13 9 1 17 20 30/81 7/25 15/16 11 33 145 -20
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Hill 27 14 5 0 0 1 2 4 6/12 1/3 1/1 2 3 18 -10
G. Temple 28 14 4 2 3 0 2 2 6/11 1/3 1/1 0 4 23 -7
D. Fox 26 9 2 4 1 1 4 2 4/8 0/0 1/2 1 1 17 -8
S. Labissiere 16 3 5 1 0 1 1 3 1/7 0/0 1/2 3 2 10 -2
Z. Randolph 14 0 4 1 0 0 1 2 0/4 0/0 0/0 0 4 5 -3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Hill 27 14 5 0 0 1 2 4 6/12 1/3 1/1 2 3 18 -10
G. Temple 28 14 4 2 3 0 2 2 6/11 1/3 1/1 0 4 23 -7
D. Fox 26 9 2 4 1 1 4 2 4/8 0/0 1/2 1 1 17 -8
S. Labissiere 16 3 5 1 0 1 1 3 1/7 0/0 1/2 3 2 10 -2
Z. Randolph 14 0 4 1 0 0 1 2 0/4 0/0 0/0 0 4 5 -3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
W. Cauley-Stein 31 22 10 2 1 1 1 2 9/17 0/0 4/6 4 6 37 +6
K. Koufos 32 10 7 4 3 1 0 2 5/7 0/0 0/1 2 5 29 +9
B. Hield 16 8 1 0 1 0 2 2 3/5 2/3 0/0 0 1 8 +12
F. Mason III 21 4 3 3 0 0 0 2 1/6 0/0 2/2 0 3 13 +12
B. Bogdanovic 24 2 3 3 2 0 0 1 1/8 0/5 0/0 0 3 13 +11
V. Carter - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Cooley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Sampson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Richardson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Papagiannis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Jackson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Giles - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 86 44 20 11 5 13 22 36/85 4/14 10/15 12 32 173 +20