A poor second quarter ultimately doomed the Kings as Sacramento dropped to 1-12 on the road this season with a 109-91 loss to Portland on Wednesday.
The Kings trailed by five points after the first quarter, but the Trail Blazers dominated the second quarter. Portland won the quarter, 31-18, including a 12-2 run to close the period. After going down, 62-44, at halftime, Sacramento was never able to recover. Portland led by as many as 26 points during the second half with the Blazers eventually winning by 18.
Sacramento played without center DeMarcus Cousins, who did not travel with the team. Instead, John Salmons led the Kings with 19 points. Sacramento made 37.5 percent of its three-point attempts but shot just 40.7 percent overall. Jason Thompson was the only other starter to score in double figures as he finished with 11 points.
On the other side, four of Portland's five starters scored at least 17 points. LaMarcus Aldridge led the Blazers with 28 points while also pulling down 12 rebounds. Former King J.J. Hickson also posted a double-double, finishing with 17 points and 14 rebounds.