For the second straight matchup between the teams, Sacramento found themselves leading Portland by 10 points late in the fourth quarter. However, they learned their lesson, as they made enough shots to hold off the Blazers 115-107, sending them back to Portland winless on their two-game road trip.
Here are a few essentials from tonight’s game.
- Which King Do You Stop? Sacramento had six players in double figures, and none scored 20. Every time the Blazers shut down one player, another one made a big play. They didn’t have a leader, but made enough plays to win anyway
- CJ McCollum and Al-Farouq Aminu were different kinds of goats. McCollum struggled with his shot again, and never reached double-figure scoring. Meanwhile, Aminu finished with the most deceptive double-double ever. He struggled on the offensive end, including taking a shot too soon before halftime, causing coach Terry Stotts to walk to the locker room early. Stotts showed multiple signs of frustration during the game, as Portland suffered repeated lapses of execution at both ends.
- A Technically-Proficient Game. Both teams were chippy after their previous contest went down to the wire. Iman Shumpert, upset about a Nurkic screen, picked up a technical foul. Shortly after, Stotts was rung up with a T after voicing his frustration at what he felt was repeated missed calls.
A much more relaxing game, you’d hope, against the Cavaliers at home on Wednesday.