After being on the road the last six games, the Sacramento Kings were able to be back in Arco, playing in an environment they are use to. Unfortunately the outcome was something they were used to on the road as well.
The Sacramento Kings (24-53), who were trying to avoid a season high seventh consecutive loss, hosted the playoff-bound Portland Trail Blazers (47-30), who finished with a record of 11-2 in March.
Many eyes were on R.O.Y candidate Tyreke Evans before the game, as he approaches the historic 20-5-5 mark. During the game the other Roy was the one who stood out. The 2006-07 Rookie of the Year, Brandon Roy, showed the value of a few years experience. The Trail Blazers beating the Kings, 98-87.
Brandon Roy led the game in scoring, shooting 8 for 14 and scoring 24. Evans only contributed 6 points on 2 of 12 shooting.
In 66 games this year Evans has scored in single figures only four times.
Even with Evans’ struggles the Kings were able to keep within reach…until the fourth-quarter. Forward Nicolas Batum made consecutive three’s late in the fourth to bury the Kings.
The Kings were unable to score in the last 3:06.
After the game Roy still had good things to say about Evans. “I think (Stephen) Curry has had a good year, but the (award) goes to Tyreke. It’s hard to reach 20-5-5 in this league. Curry did a good job of pushing him and at the end of the day Tyreke will get the nod.”
Four players on the Trail Blazers starting five had 20 points or more, Batum and LeMarcus Aldridge adding 21, Andre Miller scoring 23 and Roy tallying 24. Marcus Camby was the only starter on the Trailblazers to score in single digits, scoring 2 while grabbing 15 boards.
Although Evans didn’t have a night that he could put on his R.O.Y resume, other Kings played well enough to stay in reach of the Trailblazers.
Beno Udrih had a team high 22 points, dished out 6 assists and added 7 rebounds. Udrih has played well recently averaging 18.1 ppg, 5.4 rpg and 9.6 apg in his last nine games.
Jason Thompson who started at center due to a season ending injury to Spencer Hawes, had a good game as well, scoring 18 points and blocking four shots. Carl Landry had a team high 9 rebounds scored 14 points. Omri Casspi, who was out the last two games because of a virus, produced off the bench, scoring 13 points on 5-9 shooting.
“The Kings played hard, they didn’t go away like a team that made due with not being in the playoffs,” said Roy in an interview after the game. “It wasn’t pretty but we got it done.”
The Trail Blazers have had the Kings’ number this year, as the Kings fall to 0-4 in the season series. Evans’ impact in this game was similar to his last game against Portland where he only scored 10.
“I don’t think (Tyreke) will necessarily have trouble against anybody because he is such a good player,” said Coach Westphal in his post-game press conference. “Certainly the combination of Batum and Camby and no free-throw’s makes it kind of tough.”