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Lillard has 40, Blazers tie team record for 3s to beat Kings

Portland buries 22 3-pointers in 132-126 win over Sacramento

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Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, right, goes to the basket against Sacramento Kings guard De'Aaron Fox, left, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021.
Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, right, goes to the basket against Sacramento Kings guard De'Aaron Fox, left, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) Photo Gallery

Lillard and CJ McCollum led Portland’s shooting barrage from behind the arc with six 3s apiece. Lillard added 13 assists while McCollum had 28 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds. Jusuf Nurkic had a season-best 18 points and 13 rebounds.

The Blazers trailed by 20 midway through the second quarter and were down 105-100 going into the fourth before rallying to win their second consecutive game against the Kings in five days. Portland won 125-99 on Saturday.

Nurkic had 10 points in the fourth period but it was Lillard who came up big down the stretch. He made four free throws and a pair of driving layups as the Blazers outscored the Kings 16-9.

De’Aaron Fox had 29 points, six assists and six rebounds for Sacramento. Buddy Hield scored 26, and first-round draft pick Tyrese Haliburton added 17 points and nine assists.

Portland tied a team record for 3s set last year in the bubble. The Blazers shot 23 for 48 from deep but missed their final four attempts at breaking the mark.

The Kings led by 20 early in the second quarter following back-to-back buckets from Marvin Bagley III. Portland responded with a flurry of 3s, making four straight as part of a 20-4 run.

After Derrick Jones Jr. dunked off an offensive rebound and Fox missed one of two free throws, McCollum made another 3 to pull Portland to 68-65.

DIFFERENCE MAKER

Richaun Holmes sat on the bench with left ankle soreness and did not play when Sacramento lost to Portland last Saturday, the only game the 6-foot-10 center has missed this season. Holmes was back in the lineup Wednesday and gave the Kings a big lift inside with 17 points, nine rebounds and six assists.

TIP-INS

Trail Blazers: Lillard is seven field goals shy of becoming the third player in franchise history to reach 5,000 for his career. Clyde Drexler (6,889) and LaMarcus Aldridge (5,121) are the others. … Nurkic was questionable before the game with a quad injury.

Kings: Luke Walton won his fourth coach’s challenge in five tries this season. … Several players locked arms during the national anthem, something they’ve continued to do since the violence at the U.S. Capitol last week.

UP NEXT

Trail Blazers: Host the Pacers on Thursday. Portland has won 10 of the last 12 against Indiana dating to 2014-15.

Kings: Play the Clippers at Golden 1 Center on Friday. The Kings have lost 14 consecutive home games in the series, last winning on March 19, 2013.

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