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Lillard rallies Trail Blazers in OT to beat Kings 113-108

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Damian Lillard woke up Tuesday morning feeling out of sorts and didn't get much better through the first three quarters against Sacramento. When Portland needed him the most, however, their All-Star guard came through in a big way.

It wasn't necessarily Michael Jordan dropping 38 on Utah in Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals but it was more than enough to help the Trail Blazers kick off the new year the right way.

Lillard shook off a sluggish night to score five of his 25 points in overtime, and the Portland rallied after blowing a 14-point halftime lead to beat the Sacramento Kings 113-108 on Tuesday night.

''They outplayed us for most of the second half,'' a weary Lillard said. ''At that point you have to come together as a group and kind of forget about everything that's happened. You have to make plays happen from that point on to pull out a game and I thought we did a great job of that.''

Jusuf Nurkic had 24 points and a career-high 23 rebounds to help Portland to its fourth straight win over Sacramento. CJ McCollum added 16 points, and Maurice Harkless had 11 points and nine rebounds.

''The effort it took to come back and win in overtime, I was really impressed with our guys,'' Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. ''To make a comeback like that you have to be good at both ends, and we were.''

Lillard wasn't much of a factor until late in the fourth quarter when he scored seven of Portland's final nine points, including a layup with 15.5 seconds remaining to force overtime.

The Blazers dominated after that while outscoring the Kings 10-5 in the overtime. Lillard made three free throws and a 20-foot jumper to spark Portland's finish and erase an otherwise rough night shooting from its backcourt tandem of Lillard and McCollum.

Lillard went 8 of 21 from the floor. McCollum shot 8 of 19.

''I woke up this morning feeling a little beat up, a little bit tired,'' Lillard said. ''But I've been a lot more sick.''

Kings coach Dave Joerger said Lillard was the difference, especially down the stretch.

''He picks and chooses his spots of when he wants to go,'' Joerger said. ''He just went around people and shot layups.''

Buddy Hield scored 27 points for Sacramento. Nemanja Bjelica added 14 points and 16 rebounds, and Bogdan Bogdanovic had 19 points.

De'Aaron Fox had 13 points on 6 of 19 shooting and missed a jumper at the end of regulation.

''We just have to execute at the end of the game,'' Fox said. ''We had makeable shots and we just didn't make them.''

Portland led by 64-50 at halftime and was up by seven entering the fourth before Sacramento went on a big run led by Bogdanovic. He scored 11 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter and scored all five of the Kings points in overtime.

Hield made five 3s and had 19 points in the first half, but Seth Curry and Nurkic combined for 30 points before halftime.

TIP-INS

Blazers: Curry had a season-high 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting. ... Nurkic had a double-double by halftime. ... Harkless returned after sitting out against Philadelphia on Saturday because of a sore left knee. ... Portland had five turnovers in each of the first three quarters.

Kings: Bogdanovic missed his first eight shots. ... Hield made five 3s. ... Cauley-Stein had five points and 11 rebounds.

NURKIC'S BIG NIGHT

Sacramento had no answer for Nurkic in the middle. Joerger was so frustrated that he benched 7-foot center Willie Cauley-Stein early in the first quarter after Nurkic had five points as part of a 10-3 run. Portland's big man also a good job getting to the line, making 14 of 16 free throws to go with five blocks, five steals and seven assists.

''Nurk's been on a role,'' Stotts said. ''Tonight may be probably the best game he's played as a Blazer. He did a little bit of everything.''

UP NEXT

Blazers: Host Oklahoma City on Friday.

Kings: Host Denver on Thursday.

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Key Players
D. Lillard
0 PG
D. Fox
5 PG
31.9 Min. Per Game 31.9
18.3 Pts. Per Game 18.3
7.7 Ast. Per Game 7.7
3.6 Reb. Per Game 3.6
45.2 Field Goal % 46.8
45.0 Three Point % 47.3
89.5 Free Throw % 72.1
  Defensive rebound by Jusuf Nurkic 0:03
  Buddy Hield missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:06
  Defensive rebound by Bogdan Bogdanovic 0:11
  Jusuf Nurkic missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:13
  Personal foul on Nemanja Bjelica 0:13
  Defensive rebound by Jusuf Nurkic 0:13
  Buddy Hield missed driving layup 0:14
  Defensive rebound by Bogdan Bogdanovic 0:19
  CJ McCollum missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:21
  POR team rebound 0:21
  CJ McCollum missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:21
Team Stats
Points 113 108
Field Goals 39-90 (43.3%) 44-115 (38.3%)
3-Pointers 9-32 (28.1%) 11-33 (33.3%)
Free Throws 26-30 (86.7%) 9-12 (75.0%)
Total Rebounds 63 66
Offensive 10 14
Defensive 46 39
Team 7 13
Assists 22 24
Steals 11 13
Blocks 10 4
Turnovers 18 13
Fouls 19 23
Technicals 0 0
24 PTS, 23 REB, 7 AST
27 PTS, 5 REB, 4 AST
1234OTT
away team logo Trail Blazers 22-16 2638192010113
home team logo Kings 19-18 252527265108
Team Stats
away team logo Trail Blazers 22-16 109.7 PPG 45.2 RPG 19.8 APG
home team logo Kings 19-18 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
D. Lillard PG 25.8 PPG 4.6 RPG 6.9 APG 44.4 FG%
B. Hield SG 20.7 PPG 5.0 RPG 2.5 APG 45.8 FG%
Top Scorers
D. Lillard PG 25 PTS 6 REB 6 AST
B. Hield SG 27 PTS 5 REB 4 AST
43.3 FG% 38.3
28.1 3PT FG% 33.3
86.7 FT% 75.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Lillard 25 6 6 8/21 1/9 8/8 0 41 1 0 5 1 5 +10 39
J. Nurkic 24 23 7 5/10 0/0 14/16 4 37 5 5 4 5 18 +8 67
C. McCollum 16 1 2 8/19 0/5 0/2 3 38 0 1 1 0 1 +11 21
A. Aminu 13 8 2 4/9 3/5 2/2 3 37 0 2 1 1 7 +8 26
M. Harkless 11 9 0 5/10 1/2 0/0 4 33 2 2 1 1 8 +13 23
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Lillard 25 6 6 8/21 1/9 8/8 0 41 1 0 5 1 5 +10 39
J. Nurkic 24 23 7 5/10 0/0 14/16 4 37 5 5 4 5 18 +8 67
C. McCollum 16 1 2 8/19 0/5 0/2 3 38 0 1 1 0 1 +11 21
A. Aminu 13 8 2 4/9 3/5 2/2 3 37 0 2 1 1 7 +8 26
M. Harkless 11 9 0 5/10 1/2 0/0 4 33 2 2 1 1 8 +13 23
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
S. Curry 18 1 1 6/9 4/6 2/2 1 21 3 0 1 0 1 -5 23
Z. Collins 4 4 1 2/7 0/3 0/0 1 15 0 0 1 1 3 -6 9
E. Turner 2 1 1 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 14 0 0 1 0 1 -6 4
M. Leonard 0 3 1 0/2 0/0 0/0 1 15 0 0 2 1 2 -3 3
N. Stauskas 0 0 1 0/2 0/2 0/0 2 9 0 0 1 0 0 -5 1
J. Layman - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Swanigan - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Baldwin IV - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Trent Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Simons - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 113 56 22 39/90 9/32 26/30 19 260 11 10 18 10 46 +25 216
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
B. Hield 27 5 4 11/23 5/8 0/0 4 39 0 1 2 2 3 -10 39
N. Bjelica 14 16 2 4/12 1/5 5/7 6 35 0 1 2 5 11 0 33
D. Fox 13 2 2 6/19 0/1 1/1 4 37 2 0 2 0 2 -9 19
I. Shumpert 9 1 3 4/11 1/4 0/0 1 24 3 1 0 0 1 -6 20
W. Cauley-Stein 5 11 3 2/14 0/0 1/2 1 32 1 0 0 5 6 +2 23
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
B. Hield 27 5 4 11/23 5/8 0/0 4 39 0 1 2 2 3 -10 39
N. Bjelica 14 16 2 4/12 1/5 5/7 6 35 0 1 2 5 11 0 33
D. Fox 13 2 2 6/19 0/1 1/1 4 37 2 0 2 0 2 -9 19
I. Shumpert 9 1 3 4/11 1/4 0/0 1 24 3 1 0 0 1 -6 20
W. Cauley-Stein 5 11 3 2/14 0/0 1/2 1 32 1 0 0 5 6 +2 23
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
B. Bogdanovic 19 5 5 7/19 3/11 2/2 3 35 3 0 4 0 5 -9 33
Y. Ferrell 8 0 2 4/4 0/0 0/0 0 14 1 0 0 0 0 +8 13
H. Giles 6 7 0 3/5 0/0 0/0 0 13 1 1 1 1 6 +13 14
J. Jackson 5 3 2 2/6 1/4 0/0 2 23 2 0 1 1 2 -2 13
K. Koufos 2 3 1 1/2 0/0 0/0 2 7 0 0 1 0 3 -12 6
B. McLemore - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Mason III - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Labissiere - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Gabriel - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. Randolph - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Bagley III - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 108 53 24 44/115 11/33 9/12 23 259 13 4 13 14 39 -25 213