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Blazers pummel Kings 110-94

Posted by rc360 on March 13, 2010

For a team that was on the second game of a back-to-back, the Portland Trail Blazers played like a fresh team.

After beating the Toronto Raptors and a day of rest, it was the Sacramento Kings that were shut down.

The Blazers defeated the Kings 110-94 in a game where turnovers made the difference.

After achieving a triple-double the game before, Kings rookie guard Tyreke Evans had a double-double with 10 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists.

Kings power forward Carl Landry had 18 points and 6 rebounds, while Francisco Garcia had 17 points off the bench.

Portland led by as many as 26 points and scored 21 points off of the Kings’ 20 turnovers. Kings power forward Carl Landry said it was obvious to see how his team lost the game.

“You can look at the box score and see that,” Landry said about turnovers costing the game. “That’s what killed us.”

Blazers guard Brandon Roy, who scored 41 points the night before, had 28 points while shooting 76.9 percent from the floor.

Portland’s big man LaMarcus Aldridge scored 12 of his 18 points in the third quarter missing only one shot that quarter.

Not only that, the Blazers made 29 out of 32 free throws and its defense was consistent throughout the night.

“The Blazers’ defense was very aggressive,” Kings Head Coach Paul Westphal said. “They took away a lot of our first options. We responded like a team that’s been together for 11 games.”

Since acquiring four new players in the past three weeks the Kings have a 4-8 record. Since the NBA All-Star Weekend, the Blazers, a team that is eighth place in the Western Conference, have a record of 9-4.

The Blazers were a more experienced team playing the least experienced team in the league.

“They ran their plays and we just fell apart,” Evans said. “Brandon Roy got hot and Aldridge started hitting (shots). They never looked back.”

Although the Kings fell to Portland, the team has shown that it can compete against playoff-bound teams in the past. Too many mistakes that led to turnovers cost the Kings the game.

“I think we can compete with anybody,” Landry said. “They’re a playoff team, but tonight it had nothing to do with them playing a back-to-back (game). It was us.”

The Kings will try to regroup Sunday when the Minnesota Timberwolves come to Sacramento.

Click here to read the story on Sacramento Press.

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