PORTLAND, Ore. Jerry Koosman Jersey . - Even after losing All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge to an injury, the banged-up Portland Trail Blazers found a winning combination.Damian Lillard scored 22 points, including the go-ahead basket with 1:20 remaining, and Portland ended a three-game losing streak Monday night with a 98-94 victory over the Sacramento Kings.Lillard had six points during the final 80 seconds and helped rally the Trail Blazers (31-11) from an 11-point, second-half deficit. Wesley Matthews scored 17 for Portland.The news wasnt all good for the Blazers, though, because Aldridge exited in the second quarter with a left thumb injury. Portland coach Terry Stotts said the status of Aldridge, who leads the team with averages of 23.5 points and 10.4 rebounds per game, was under further review.The loss of Aldridge added to an already-depleted Portland front line, with centres Robin Lopez (wrist) and Joel Freeland (shoulder) out for extended periods. And without three of its top inside players, Portland got whipped on the boards by Sacramento (16-25), which outrebounded the Blazers 53-35.Being relatively undersized, we had to create some offence with our defence, Stotts said.Stotts turned to lightly used reserves Thomas Robinson and Will Barton for long stretches. They, along with Lillard and Matthews, were vital in helping Portland own the fourth quarter, when the Blazers forced eight turnovers and outscored Sacramento 31-19.I thought Will and Thomas energy would have a chance to change the game, Stotts said.The Kings were led by Rudy Gay with 26 points, while DeMarcus Cousins had 22 points and 19 rebounds. But in a game Sacramento dominated for three quarters, the Kings eight fourth-quarter turnovers proved to be their undoing.Thats eight more possessions that we had that they didnt, Lillard said. It came down to us just tightening up. We got a little more physical on defence, got a little more stingy, and offensively we valued those possessions.The Blazers, trailing 75-67 after three, grabbed an 84-83 lead with 5:03 remaining on a 3-pointer by Nic Batum that capped a 12-2 spurt.Cousins tied it at 89 on two free throws with 1:50 left, then fouled out 8 seconds later.That was huge, Lillard said. In my opinion, hes one of the best bigs in the league. It would have been a handful down the stretch to stop him.Lillard gave the Blazers the lead for good at 91-89 on a reverse layup. Portland held off Sacramento by making five free throws during the final 1:02.I thought we did a great job. The pace of the game was good. I thought we fought hard tonight and gave ourselves a chance to win. Its a disappointing loss, but Im happy with the effort from the guys, Kings coach Tyrone Corbin said after his teams fourth consecutive loss.If we play and compete this hard every night, weve got a chance.Sacramento dominated most of the first quarter, and Darren Collison and Ben McLemore hit 3-pointers to ignite a 23-5 run for a 25-14 Kings lead.Portland ran off nine consecutive points to cut the deficit to 31-27 early in the second. A 7-0 surge, punctuated by Meyers Leonards fast-break dunk, gave the Blazers a 47-43 lead 3 minutes before halftime. But the Kings had a strong finish to the quarter, and Cousins tip-in not long before the buzzer gave Sacramento a 56-51 halftime lead.Sacramento continued to control the game during the third quarter, using an 8-0 run to build a lead as large as 11 points.___TIP-INSKings: F Jason Thompson played his 500th career game with Sacramento, third-most in franchise history. ... Sacramentos 23 turnovers were a season high for a Portland opponent. ... In the first game between these teams on Oct. 31, Gay scored a season-high 40 points.Trail Blazers: F Victor Claver, who played only 10 minutes in Portlands previous nine games, started the second half in Aldridges absence. ... Before the game, Blazers owner Paul Allen presented a plaque to Matthews after he became the franchises career leader in 3-pointers with 778.BENCH COMES UP BIGWith Aldridge out, Stotts turned to his bench for a scoring boost. Portland reserves scored 37 points, their most since the Blazers bench scored 44 against Houston on Dec. 22. Leonard and Dorell Wright had nine points each.DOUBLE TROUBLECousins had his 20th double-double in 22 games. The 6-foot-11 centre also had four blocked shots. Cousins, coming off a one-game absence due to a sprained ankle, is tied for the NBA lead in double-doubles with 24.UP NEXTKings: Home against New Jersey on Wednesday.Trail Blazers: At Phoenix on Wednesday. Ron Darling Jersey . According to a report from the Hamilton Spectator, Infrastructure Ontario has informed the City of Hamilton and the Tiger-Cats the stadium may not be ready by the June 30 deadline. Edwin Diaz Jersey . -- So much for concern that running back Marshawn Lynch would be absent from the Seattle Seahawks minicamp.DETROIT - Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez left Saturday nights start against Detroit after five innings, ending a major league record success streak. Hernandez had gone at least seven innings and allowed no more than two runs in his previous 16 starts. Tom Seaver set the previous mark of 13 in 1971. Hernandez aappeared to be in some discomfort after being hit in the leg by Ian Kinslers sharp grounder to end the fourth, but he pitched one more inning. Tom Glavine Jersey. The All-Star right-hander gave up two runs and seven hits in five innings. No announcement on his condition was immediately made by the Mariners. ' ' '
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