De’Aaron Fox scored 21 factors earlier than being ejected in the fourth quarter, Marvin Bagley III made a clutch 3-pointer with 30 seconds remaining and the Sacramento Kings held off the Portland Trail Blazers 125-121 on Wednesday evening.
Buddy Hield added 22 factors in half-hour off the bench and Davion Mitchell had 16 to provide the Kings their first win underneath interim coach Alvin Gentry. Gentry took over after Luke Walton was fired Sunday.
“It takes a village,” Gentry mentioned. “We’re not a team of one guy we throw it to or two guys we throw it to. We’re a team that has to have different people do different things for us and step up. That’s exactly what we did tonight.”
Damian Lillard had 32 factors and 10 assists for Portland. Jusuf Nurkic added a season-high 28 factors and 17 rebounds. The Trail Blazers had received 4 in a row.
Fox was ejected with 6:06 left after choosing up back-to-back technical fouls on an evening that included six technicals and two participant ejections. Portland’s Robert Covington was ejected in the primary half for a hostile act after tossing his goggles close to the toes of a referee.
“It got a little chippy,” Blazers coach Chauncey Billups mentioned. “There was a time or two I came into the huddle and said, ‘Stay off the officials.’ I felt like that got us a little bit off our rhythm.”
The Kings led by one, then slowly pulled away after their main scorer was tossed.
Hield had seven factors over the ultimate 5 minutes, together with 4 free throws. Mitchell additionally scored 5 down the stretch, and Bagley’s 3-pointer from the correct nook put Sacramento forward 121-114. Bagley, the second general choose in 2018, has performed sparingly this season.
“I shot it with confidence and was able to knock it down,” mentioned Bagley, who completed with 10 factors and eight rebounds. “My biggest thing is staying ready. It pays off, especially in times like this. I’m just staying locked in and being ready for whatever comes my way.”
The Kings received for the second time in 10 video games.
The Blazers ended the primary quarter with a flurry capped by Larry Nance’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer.
But Portland’s offense was inconsistent a lot of the evening and the Blazers had crucial breakdowns on the opposite finish of the courtroom.
“We just couldn’t come up with stops,” Lillard mentioned. “When you’re not able to score like we usually are, you control what you can control, which is getting stops. Tonight the effort was there. We were just one or two plays short.”
Things received chippy in the third quarter when Nurkic and former Blazer Moe Harkless exchanged phrases whereas standing head to head. Both gamers had been hit with technicals.
Trail Blazers: Portland is 1-8 on the highway. … Lillard has scored 20 or extra in 9 straight. Lillard was additionally referred to as for a technical for arguing with officers throughout a break in play. … Nurkic had a double-double inside the first 10 minutes of the game.
Kings: Fox wants 10 assists to move Chris Webber for fifth place in franchise historical past. … Leading rebounder Richaun Holmes was held out due to a watch damage.
Trail Blazers: At Golden State on Friday evening.
Kings: At Los Angeles Lakers on Friday evening in the primary of two video games in 5 days between the groups.
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