Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 11/17/14
Lillard, shooting, save the day The Headline: The Trail Blazers finally find win No. 3 on the back of Damian Lillard, topping the Kings 103-86 Portland Trail Blazers vs. Sacramento Kings When: 10:00 ET, Tuesday, November 13, 2012 Where: Sleep Train Arena (Sacramento) Officials: Dan Crawford, Bennie Adams, Josh Tiven Attendance: 10,153 Love ‘em 1. Damian Lillard takes control Lillard brought some much needed energy in this Blazer’s win. Portland’s star rookie led the team in both scoring (22 points) and assists (9), coming just shy of his second double-double. He also added 4 rebounds. He shot a stellar 7-10 on the night, going 5-6 from beyond the arc and 3-4 from the line. With Portland’s lead slipping in the third quarter, Lillard came in and did his thing. He had 8 points in the quarter, going a perfect 2-2 on threes. Needless to say, it was a big night for the rookie. And one Portland desperately needed. 2. Hickson follows up After a career 19 points, 18 rebound, performance against against Atlanta, I was wondering how J.J. Hickson would follow up. Though it wasn’t as prolific a start, Portland’s big man had another solid double-double. He scored 10 points on 5-10 shooting, with 13 rebounds. My only qualm with Hickson in this one was his defense. Sacramento outscored Portland in the paint 54-28. That’s a tough night, especially when you consider the Kings were without DeMarcus Cousins. 3. Matthews with a solid night Putting up a quiet night, Wesley Matthews was solid in this win. The Blazer’s guard shot a solid 6-9 from the field, including 2-3 from three and a perfect 4-4 from the line. He finished his night You think the Kings regret not taking Lillard one spot ahead of Portland? (Photo: AP) with 18 points, 4 rebounds with one steal, block and assist a piece. Hate ‘em 1. Beat in the paint As mentioned above, Portland was beat under the basket tonight, bad. For a second game in a row, the Blazers were better on the perimeter. The Kings shot 46.8-percent, making it the second game in a row in which Portland held an opponent under 50-percent. But in order to guard against shooting, Portland gave up in other areas. The Kings outscored the Blazers 54-28 in the paint. They did that without star center DeMarcus Cousins (17.3 ppg) who was serving a suspension. It seems Portland just can’t get their defense running on all cylinders. 2. Putrid bench Big surprise with this one. Portland’s bench stunk. The backups had 19 points tonight, shooting a combined 6-16. Without the bench, Portland’s starters would have shot well over 50-percent. The best performance came from backup guard Ronnie Price, who had 8 points, 6 rebounds and a pair of steals in 20 minutes. The worst was probably Luke Babbitt, who had no points and 3 fouls (including a flagrant) in 2 minutes of junk time. For comparisons sake, the Kings’ bench had 46 points on 19-39 shooting. 3. Shorthanded Kings It’s worth noting that Sacramento was not only missing DeMarcus Cousins, but also start guard (and Husky alum) Isaiah Thomas in this one. Thomas didn’t play because of a death in his family. Without those two, the Kings were missing a combined 29.2 ppg and 11.4 rebounds. Seeing how badly Portland was beat in the paint, I shudder at the thought of if Cousins was in this one. He would have had a career night, that’s for sure. I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again: with Portland struggling against these shorthanded teams, what happens when the league is healthy? CLICK HERE CHECK OUT OUR TRAIL BLAZERS BLOG AT THE NWSB!
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

LeBron's triple-double leads Cavs to win in OT thriller

Report: Adrian Peterson will skip Vikings first OTAs

Corey Brewer: We got our butt kicked, it was embarrassing

Brian Kelly hints Notre Dame will have fast offense

John Madden: Last play of Super Bowl will 'torment' Pete Carroll

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Cristiano Ronaldo nets hat trick, sets career high for goals

WATCH: Cormier tells Jones to get his s-- together

Fans holding 'Free Tom Brady Rally' at Gillette Stadium

Josh Hamilton to be activated by Rangers

WATCH: Top CB recruit makes insane catch doing backflip

Biggest surprises of the MLB season

Most valuable non-QB for each NFL team

Federer unhappy with security after fan comes on court

WATCH: LeBron throws down ferocious dunk in traffic

WATCH: Al Horford ejected for elbowing Matthew Dellavedova

Seahawks fan starts GoFundMe for Russell Wilson's contract

Billy Donovan thanks Florida fans with full-page ad

WATCH: Daniel Cormier gets into it with Ryan Bader

Jim Harbaugh compares his driving to Jeff Gordon's

WATCH: High school seals win with perfect hidden ball trick

Warriors crush Rockets in Houston to take 3-0 series lead

WATCH: D'Angelo Russell whiffs on horrible golf swing

Brian Matusz ejected for having foreign substance on arm

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Most valuable non-QB for each NFL team

WATCH: LeBron's ferocious dunk in traffic

Kelly drops hint about ND offense

John Madden: Last SB play will 'torment' Carroll

Eight biggest surprises of the MLB season

Bryan Price ejected before first pitch

Vin Scully narrates marriage proposal

Pats fan's obituary defends Brady

Marlins players skip own charity event

John Wall tells All-NBA Team voters to ‘keep sleeping’

Jim Kelly: No doubt Tom Brady cheated

Post-combine NBA Draft big board: Top 30

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.