Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/14/12
SACRAMENTO -- There's no doubting the skills of Portland Trail Blazers rookie point guard Damian Lillard. As he showed the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday, he is the real deal. Lillard scored 22 points to lead five Blazers in double figures, and Portland ended a four-game losing streak by hammering the Kings 103-86 before a disappointed and sparse crowd of 10,153 at Sleep Train Arena. Lillard, an Oakland native, was passed over in the 2012 draft by the Kings. He had a large cheering section of folks who made the 90-minute drive from the East Bay. After the game, Lillard added Kings coach Keith Smart and guard Marcus Thornton to list of his supporters. "He's real," Smart said of Lillard. "That guy's a real basketball player because he's about as close as a legitimate '1' that has come into our league in a long time. ... He has an understanding of the process of the game, the flow of the game, the facial expressions of guys who haven't touched the ball yet and when to get them t...
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