Barnes has 36 and the Kings spoil Portland’s opener 124-121

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The Sacramento Kings will be in a very good location this year if Harrison Barnes can constantly shoot like he did in the time opener.

Barnes scored 36 factors, including a job-large eight 3-pointers, and the Kings spoiled Chauncey Billups debut as Portland’s head coach with a 124-121 victory in excess of the Trail Blazers on Wednesday evening.

De’Aaron Fox added 27 details even though Richaun Holmes experienced 21 factors and 11 rebounds for the Kings, who led by as many as 18 details in the 3rd quarter.

“I’ve challenged Harrison, I want him to get eight threes up a night time. He’s a very superior shooter, and there is certainly no rationale he can not make make those people shots,” Kings mentor Luke Walton claimed. “We desired all these details tonight. And that is genuinely how we want to see Harrison participating in all the time.”

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Portland rallied in the fourth. Damian Lillard and Jusuf Nurkic created back-to-again layups to get the Blazers within just 117-111 with 3:49 to go, and Norman Powell’s 3-pointer slice the margin to three.

Barnes strike a 3-pointer to force the Kings’ guide to 120-114 with 1:39 remaining. Just after Buddy Hield’s totally free throws gave Sacramento a 122-117 lead, CJ McCollum and Lillard both equally strike baskets — but Barnes produced free throws and Lillard’s 3-point attempt to tie it at the buzzer was off.

“Harrison, every person in the workforce will notify you, he’s usually putting his work in. He’s finding his do the job in early, late, so we be expecting that from him,” Holmes stated. “The quantity of operate he places in, we anticipate absolutely nothing considerably less from him. He can be that variety of participant for us every night and we have the final have faith in in him.”

McCollum finished with 32 factors and Lillard additional 18 factors and 11 helps. Lillard was uncharacteristically -for-9 from 3-position assortment.

“It ain’t my first time going -for-nine, or 10, I’ve finished it a handful of periods in my job. I don’t believe opening night is a night time that you want it to come about, specially in sport you reduce by 3,” Lillard mentioned.

The Path Blazers ended up coming off a winless preseason, dropping all by an ordinary of 23.7 details.

Portland completed 42-30 final period and attained the sixth seed in the Western Conference. But the playoffs finished quickly with Denver doing away with the Blazers in the opening spherical.

The team parted techniques with longtime coach Terry Stotts following the period and hired Billups, who designed his frequent-year debut as a head coach on Wednesday.

The Kings went 31-41 past period and completed tied for 11th in the Western Meeting. It was the 15th straight time the Kings have skipped the postseason.

The Blazers swept the Kings 3- very last time.


Kings: Forward Marvin Bagley III was not in the commencing lineup, pursuing studies that he would not be in the rotation for the opener. Kings mentor Luke Walton would not discuss the circumstance. “I’m not receiving into any of that. For me, we’re a team. We have have a system, we know what that program is, and we’re going to want everybody this time.” … Hield tied Peja Stojakovic’s franchise file for profession 3-place targets with 1,070.

Path Blazers: Coach Chauncey Billups mentioned right before the game that Little’s minutes would be restricted mainly because of a lingering hamstring injuries. … Norman Powell appeared to hit a 3-pointer in the 2nd quarter but it was later on taken absent on evaluation due to the fact he was judged to be out-of-bounds. … Lillard, entering his 10th NBA period, broke into the NBA’s top rated 100 occupation scoring record with his 13th place of the night.


Billups hadn’t fairly digested his initial actual game as a head coach.

“I arrived in below a number of occasions in the preseason, not delighted with our work, not satisfied with our spirit. I will not truly feel that way right now. We fought really tough. Yeah, I hated getting off to a tough start, but its the initial recreation, there’s likely to be jitters, there is certainly going to be nerves. But I am experience very pleased about how difficult we performed.”

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The Kings host the Utah Jazz on Friday.

The Blazers host the Phoenix Suns on Saturday.