Trail Blazers Game Notes: Sacramento Kings (16-25) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (14-24)
PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS (14-24) VS. SACRAMENTO KINGS (16-25)
Sunday, January 9, 6:00 p.m. (Pacific) • Moda Center
ALL TIME: Trail Blazers lead, 138-83
PORTLAND HOME: Trail Blazers lead, 89-19
SACRAMENTO HOME: Kings lead, 62-49
LAST PORTLAND WIN: 123-119, 3/4/21 (Por.)
LAST SACRAMENTO WIN: 125-121, 11/24/21 (Sac.)
CURRENT WIN STREAK: Two (Sac.)
• Sunday's game is the third and final meeting between the Trail Blazers and the Kings during the 2021-22 season. Sacramento leads the season series, 2-0.
• LAST MEETING: The Kings beat the Trail Blazers in Sacramento on Nov. 24, 125-121. Damian Lillard led the way for Portland with 32 points (7-18 FG, 3-12 3-PT, 15-16 FT), six rebounds and 10 assists. For the Kings, Buddy Hield scored 22 points (6-15 FG, 5-11 3-PT, 5-6 FT) to go with four rebounds and one block in 30 minutes off the bench.
• The Trail Blazers are averaging 121.0 points per game against the Kings in the 2021-22 campaign, shooting 47.6% from the field.
• Jusuf Nurkic recorded 28 points (12-17 FG, 0-2 3-PT, 4-5 FT), 17 rebounds, five assists and one steal in 32 minutes at Sacramento on Nov. 24. He has averaged 24.0 points (66.7% FG, 33.3% 3-PT, 91.7% FT), 15.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists in two games against the Kings this season.
• Norman Powell scored 22 points on 8-of-16 shooting (5-10 3-PT), 1-2 FT) to go with two rebounds and two steals at Sacramento on Nov. 24.
• Nassir Little has averaged 11.5 points in two games against Sacramento this season, coming off the bench in both games.
• Harrison Barnes tallied 36 points (10-19 FG, 8-11 3-PT, 8-9 FT), nine rebounds, two assists and two steals in the Kings opening night victory on Oct. 20
• De'Aaron Fox is averaging 24.0 points, 7.0 assists and 3.5 rebounds against Portland this season. He chipped in 27 points in the Kings Oct. 20 victory.
NEWS AND NOTES
BACK-TO-BACK: Anfernee Simons scored 28 points against Miami on Jan. 5, which included a 20-point third quarter in which he shot 7-of-10 from the field and 4-of-6 from the three-point-line. It marks the first time in his career that Simons scored 20-plus points in consecutive games.
ANT'S CAREER NIGHT: Anfernee Simons scored a career-high 43 points (13-21 FG, 9-16 3-PT, 8-8 FT) to go with three rebounds and seven assists against Atlanta on Jan. 3. At 22 years and 209 days old, Simons became the youngest player in franchise history to score 40-plus points in a game (Petrie, 22 years and 259 days). Simons is also the first player in NBA history to have two games with nine or more three-pointers before turning 23.
MORE FLORIDIAN YOUTH: Nassir Little recorded 22 points (8-14 FG, 4-5 3-PT, 2-3 FT) to go with nine rebounds, two assists and one steal against the Hawks on Jan. 3. Little is the sixth player in team history to record two or more games of at least 20 points and nine rebounds before turning 22, joining Lloyd Neal, Greg Oden, Bill Walton, LaMarcus Aldridge and Zach Randolph.
MAXIMUM NORM: Norman Powell scored 26 points (9-13 FG, 2-5 3-PT, 6-7 FT) to go with six rebounds, four assists and four steals against the Hawks on Jan. 3. Powell is one of six players in the NBA that is averaging at least 18.0 points while shooting better than 45.0% from the field and 39.0% from the three-point line.
NURK DOUBLE-DOUBLE: Jusuf Nurkić recorded 14 points (5-17 FG, 2-2 3-PT, 4-4 FT), 12 rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block against Cleveland on Jan. 7. It was his team-leading 15th double-double of the season.
THE BOSNIAN BEAST: Jusuf Nurkić had a double-double in the first quarter at Sacramento on Nov. 24, logging 14 points (7-9 FG) and 10 rebounds in the period. He was the first Portland player with a double-double in the first quarter since LaMarcus Aldridge did so on Feb. 1, 2014. Nurkić finished the game with a season-high 28 points (12-17 FG, 4-5 FT) to go with 17 rebounds and five assists.
LAST FIVE GAMES
Game #38 - Cleveland 114, Portland 101 —January 7, 2021, Moda Center, Portland, Oregon
Portland fell to Cleveland114-101 at Moda Center... Norman Powell led the way with 19 points (5-14 FG, 4-8 3-PT, 5-8 FT), his sixth game leading the team in scoring, while grabbing five rebounds and dishing out three assists in 36 minutes... Jusuf Nurkic set a career-high with two three-pointers and tallied his team-high 26th double-double with 14 points (5-17 FG, 2-2 3-PT, 2-4 FT), 12 rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block... Robert Covington returned to the starting lineup and tied a season-high with five three-pointers made, finishing with 17 points (6-9 FG, 5-8 3-PT), eight rebounds, one assist and two blocks... Anfernee Simons, in his third consecutive start, chipped in a game-high seven assists along with 14 points (6-15 FG, 2-8 3-Pt), three rebounds, one steal and one block...Darius Garland led the Cavaliers with 26 points (10-17 FG, 5-8 3-PT, 1-1 FT) and six assists.
Game #37 - Miami 115, Portland 109 — January 5, 2022, Moda Center, Portland, Oregon
The Trail Blazers lost to the visiting Heat at Moda Center, 115-109 ... In his second consecutive start, Anfernee Simons led Portland with 28 points (9-17 FG, 5-10 3-PT, 5-5 FT), one rebound, seven assists and two steals in 39 minutes ... It was the first time in his career that Simons scored 20-plus points in consecutive games ... Norman Powell scored 26 points (7-18 FG, 3-7 3-PT, 9-10 FT) to go with three rebounds, one assist and one block in 40 minutes of action ... Jusuf Nurkic had a double-double of 14 points (5-7 FG, 4-6 FT), 13 rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block ... Nassir Little added 10 points (4-12 FG, 2-8 3-PT, 0-1 FT), four rebounds, three assists and one block in 34 minutes ... Max Strus led the way for Miami with 25 points (9-17 FG, 7-13 3-PT), six rebounds and five assists in 31 minutes ... Omer Yurtseven added 14 points, 16 rebounds and four assists.
Game #36 - Portland 136, Atlanta 131 — January 3, 2022, Moda Center, Portland, Oregon
Portland snapped a four-game losing streak with a 136-131 over the Atlanta Hawks at Moda Center ... Anfernee Simons led the way with a career-high 43 points (13-21 FG, 9-16 3-PT, 8-8 FT), three rebounds and seven assists ... Simons became the youngest player in Trail Blazers history to score 40-plus points ... Norman Powell added 26 points on 9-of-13 shooting (2-5 3-PT, 6-7 FT) to go with six rebounds, four assists and four steals ... Nassir Little had a season-high 22 points (8-14 FG, 4-5 3-PT, 2-3 FT), nine rebounds, two assists and one steal ... After missing three games in health and safety protocols, Jusuf Nurkic returned to record a double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds to go with five assists and one steal ... The Hawks were led by Trae Young who scored a career-high 56 points (17-26 FG, 7-12 3-PT, 15-15 FT) to go with four rebounds and 14 assists.
Game #35 - L.A. Lakers 139, Portland 106 — December 31, 2021, Crypto.com Arena, Los Angeles California
Portland lost its fourth game in a row, a 139-106 defeat at the hands of the Lakers in Los Angeles ... The Trail Blazers were led by Ben McLemore, who finished with 28 points (9-22 FG, 6-14 3-PT, 4-4 FT) and four rebounds in 30 minutes ... McLemore scored 16 points in the first quarter on 6-of-9 shooting (4-6 3-PT) ... Damian Lillard added 18 points (5-15 FG, 1-8 3-PT, 7-9 FT), four rebounds and seven assists ... Larry Nance Jr. had 13 points and nine rebounds in 26 minutes ... Norman Powell chipped in 12 points, three rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block ... LeBron James led the Lakers with 43 points (16-26 FG, 5-10 3-PT, 6-9 FT), 14 rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks ... The Trail Blazers shot a season-low 35.3% from the field ... Portland's 21 offensive rebounds and 27 second-chance points were both season highs.
Game #34 - Utah 120, Portland 105 — December 29, 2021, Moda Center, Portland, Oregon
Portland fell to the Utah Jazz at Moda Center, 120-105 ... The Trail Blazers were outscored in the paint, 74-30 ... Portland was missing seven players in health and safety protocols for the second consecutive game ... Damian Lillard scored 32 points (10-23 FG, 5-14 3-PT, 7-10 FT) to go with six rebounds, four assists and one steal ... Norman Powell had 32 points (11-23 FG, 4-9 3-PT, 6-6 FT), two rebounds, one assist and one steal in 43 minutes ... Powell scored 25 points in the first half ... His 32 points tied the most points he has scored in a Trail Blazers uniform ... Larry Nance Jr. recorded 14 points (6-13 FG, 1-3 3-PT, 1-2 FT), nine rebounds, a career-high nine assists and three steals in 32 minutes ... Anfernee Simons scored seven points to go with five rebounds and five assists ... Rudy Gobert led Utah with 22 points (8-10 FG, 6-12 FT), 14 rebounds and two blocks ... Rudy Gay scored 21 points off the bench.
For the Trail Blazers, Damian Lillard (abdominal tendinopathy - injury management), CJ McCollum (right lung pneumothorax) and Larry Nance Jr. (right knee; inflammation) are out.
For the Kings, De’Aaron Fox (right shoulder; soreness) and Maurice Harkless (right ankle; soreness) are questionable; Richaun Holmes (health and safety protocols), Louis King (G league; two way), and Chimezie Metu (health and safety protocols) are out.
Sunday’s game can be seen locally on ROOT SPORTS with Kevin Calabro, Lamar Hurd and Brooke Olzendam calling the action. On the radio side, Travis Demers, Michael Holton and Jay Allen will have the call on Rip City Radio 620 AM and on all of the stations of the Deschutes Brewery Trail Blazers Radio Network.
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