After he watched the second unit squander a sizable lead in the second quarter, Kings coach Keith Smart's rotation became as unpredictable as ever. In the third quarter he turned to Travis Outlaw. Yes, Outlaw – who had appeared in only five games this season. The only King with fewer appearances is Tyler Honeycutt with zero because he has been with the Reno Bighorns of the NBA Development League most of the season. Outlaw had the lowest shooting percentage of any King (33.3 percent), too. None of that mattered Saturday night. Outlaw checked into the game in the third quarter with the Kings up 63-59, and the Portland Trail Blazers never got any closer as the Kings coasted to a 99-80 win at Rose Garden. The Kings are now on a season-best three-game winning streak. The win also ended a six-game road losing streak to start the season. That was the worst road start for the Kings since they lost their first nine away games in the 2007-08 season.
Outlaw to the rescue in Kings' third straight victory
Sacramento Bee | Dec 9