The Trail Blazers defeated the Sacramento Kings 109-105 Sunday night at the Moda Center. It was the Blazers’ fourth consecutive victory and improved their exhibition record to 4-2. Thomas Robinson has best game of preseason In a physical and promising performance that no doubt featured a little motivation Thomas Robinson had perhaps his best outing of the exhibition season in the win over the Kings. The backup big man started hot and rarely let up recording 14 points eight rebounds and three assists in 24 minutes. And even though it was merely an exhibition game there’s little doubt Robinson was inspired to face the Kings who selected him No. 5 overall in the 2012 NBA Draft only to trade him midway through his rookie season. Robinson who made 6 of 8 shots was dominant early. He scored the first basket of the game on a pretty driving layup and followed with two tough contested jumpers in the first quarter. Later he added one of the highlights of the game rebounding a Nicolas Batum three-pointer with a powerful one-handed dunk. As Batum missed from the corner Robinson leaped over both Robin Lopez and Patrick Patterson in the paint and — in one motion — grabbed the ball with his left hand and dunked. It was a well-timed outing for Robinson who is battling Joel Freeland for backup minutes at power forward. Lillard looks ready for opening night Damian Lillard had another solid exhibition outing torching the team that passed on him in the 2012 NBA draft. Lillard finished with 28 points four rebounds and three assists. After a quiet first half the reigning Rookie of the Year exploded in the second scoring 23 points. It was the third time in six exhibition games Lillard has scored 20 or more points. Turnovers turnovers Nothing this exhibition season has drawn harsher criticism from coach Terry Stotts than turnovers. The Blazers are committing them. In bunches. Before Sunday night they were averaging 22.4 per game as a variety of issues —injuries lineup tinkering and general sloppiness and carelessness — combined to create a turnover-filled exhibition season. The Blazers were crisp early against the Kings collecting just three turnovers in the first quarter — and seven at halftime — but things ended shaky. The Blazers finished with 19 which led to 31 points for the Kings.
Trail Blazers 109, Sacramento Kings 105: Beyond the box score
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