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Kings Learning How to Finish Games

Posted by rc360 on January 25, 2011

In the past few games the Kings have proven that they can stay close in games but they haven’t shown the ability to finish games consistently. After returning from a 1-5 road trip, the Kings played the Portland Trail Blazers at home last Wednesday, the Golden State Warriors in Oakland on Friday and the Blazers again in Portland yesterday.

The theme of the Kings’ inability to close games continued in their first game against the Blazers. Portland overcame a seven-point deficit before Carl Landry hit two free throws to force the game into overtime tied at 85.

The Kings struck first in the extra period but couldn’t execute in the end. The trio of LaMarcus Aldridge, Andre Miller and Nicolas Batum proved to be too much for the Kings, leading to a 94-90 Blazers win. Batum led the team with 24 points, Aldridge had 23 points and Miller finished with 20 points.

Beno Udrih finished with 20 points, making 8 out of 12 shots (66.6 percent) for the Kings.

“That’s a very good team that we took to the brink again,” Kings coach Paul Westphal said after the game. “We came up short and it hurts every member of the coaching staff (and) every player in the locker room. There’s nothing easy about it.”

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