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Portland opened the fourth quarter by outscoring the Kings 8-2, hiking its lead to 22 points on a pair of free throws by Matthews. The margin was never less than 17 the rest of the game.
Lillard continued to shoot well in the third quarter following a productive first half. He made all three shots, including a pair of 3s, and had eight points in the third for the Blazers, who outscored Sacramento 28-16 to assume a 74-58 lead heading into the fourth.
Trailing by four, the Blazers took control with a 19-2 run over a 5-minute stretch in the third quarter. Batum had seven points, including a corner 3 that capped the spurt and put Portland in front 69-56 with 2:12 left.
Lillard got going early with a pair of 3-pointers in the first quarter and had 14 points at halftime, helping the Blazers to a 46-42 lead. Fredette had 10 points and four assists for the Kings.
NOTES: Portland was 6 of 13 on 3-pointers in the first half and added four more in the third quarter. ... Thomas left the team following news that his grandmother had died. ... Portland reserves have been outscored 135-29. The Kings had 46 bench points to 19 for the Blazers. ... Robinson was back on the court after a two-game suspension for a vicious elbow to the throat of Detroit's Jonas Jerebko.
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