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  • SACRAMENTO, Calif. Cortez Kennedy Jersey . -- One swish after another, Damian Lillard pulled Portland closer. One or two more, and he mightve pulled off one of the NBAs most improbable comebacks this season. DeMarcus Cousins tied a season-high with 35 points to go with 13 rebounds, Rudy Gay scored 32 points and the Sacramento Kings held off a furious rally by Lillard to beat the Trail Blazers 123-119 on Tuesday night. "Thats the craziest game Ive ever been a part of," Cousins said. "I could not wait until the end. I dont ever want to be in a situation with the ball in Damian Lillards hands. Im glad we got the win, but that was a scary thing." Cousins and Gay provided the spark for a 32-12 run at the end of the third and beginning of the fourth quarters that put Sacramento ahead by 19 points. Gay fouled out with 4:12 remaining, and the Blazers nearly rallied back. After scoring just 13 points in the third quarter, Portland had 46 points in the final period. Lillard alone scored 26 of his 41 points in the fourth to power Portland within two in the final minute. But the Kings made just enough free throws to hold off the Blazers, who have lost four of their last six games. "That clock was moving very, very slow," Kings coach Michael Malone said. "Damian just kept on coming." LaMarcus Aldridge added 24 points and eight rebounds, and Nicolas Batum finished with 11 points, 11 rebounds and five assists while playing with a fractured left middle finger in Portlands latest loss. The Kings had dropped two straight after beating top contenders Miami and Houston. Sacramento held a players-only meeting on Sunday, and the Kings emerged to knock off another one of the NBAs best. Gay made consecutive 3-pointers, a three-point play and a layup during Sacramentos surge in the fourth. Cousins also put back a rebound and hit a jumper to help the Kings go ahead 102-83 with 7:54 remaining. Sacramento led 117-105 with 1:12 to play when Lillard turned into a one-man wrecking crew. The reigning NBA Rookie of the Year made three 3-pointers, a fast-break layup and was fouled shooting another from beyond the arc -- which just rimmed out. He made all three free throws to slice Sacramentos lead to 121-119 with 16.5 seconds left. "Once I make a few, I can get going," Lillard said. Isaiah Thomas hit two free throws before Lillard missed from long range to all but end the comeback. Lillard shot 13 of 24 from the floor and added seven rebounds and four assists. "Hes a competitor and at no time does he ever think hes out of a game," Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. "Hes done that a lot in the two years hes been here. Hes a special player." In a matchup between one of the best and one of the worst teams in the West, Sacramento flipped the script on a Blazers team that had cruised through most of its schedule. The Blazers also had beaten the Kings on consecutive nights in November, winning 104-91 in Portland and 96-85 in Sacramento. The Kings started three players who did not start in the two previous games against Portland -- most notably Gay, who was acquired from Toronto in a seven-player trade in early December. That included Marcus Thornton moving back in the starting lineup for Sacramento, replacing seventh overall pick Ben McLemore. Thornton finished with three points and eight rebounds, and McLemore had two points and two assists. The Blazers still outscored Sacramento 35-24 in the first quarter and seemed ready to go 3-0 against the Kings this season. Portland shot 63.2 per cent from the floor and made 10 of 11 free throws in the period. Instead, the Kings opened the second quarter on a 14-5 run led by mostly reserves. The teams traded baskets for the remainder of the half, and the Blazers held a 60-55 lead at the break. Thomas, who had 22 points and eight assists, hit a pair of 3s to highlight a 13-2 spurt for Sacramento to start the third quarter. Portlands topsy-turvy second half just wasnt enough to rally behind Lillard. "I just didnt want to lose the game," Lillard said. "We had some good spurts on offence, then some bad spurts on defence, then bad spurts on offence, and then good defence. We just need to be more consistent. But when it came down to it we still had a chance to win the game. Thats all I was thinking about." NOTES: C.J. McCollum, the 10th overall pick in the NBA draft out of Lehigh, was in Portlands active lineup for the first time this season after fracturing his left foot in training camp. He did not play. "I just didnt think tonight was the night," Stotts said ... The Blazers and Kings meet for the final time this season April 9 in Portland. Dion Jordan Jersey .com) - The University of Montana named Bob Stitt as its new head football coach on Tuesday. Luke Willson Jersey . LOUIS -- The St.Barcelona manager Luis Enrique expects Lionel Messi to be at the club for many years amid speculation over his future. Messi, who has been linked with a move to Manchester City to join his former boss Pep Guardiola, is out of contract in 2018.The Argentina forward only returned to his club on Thursday after international duty, but was back in training on Friday and should start for Enriques side as they bid for their fifth successive La Liga win when they host Malaga on Saturday. I imagine Lionel Messi will be at Barcelona for many years, Enrique told the clubs website.It would be nice that a player who leaves his country to come to Barcelona and to be number one in history ends up finishing his career here. I would like that, but its up to him.The Catalans, who are two points adrift of leaders Real Madrid, have beaten Deportivo, Valencia, Granada and Sevilla in their last four outings to keep the pressure on their rivals at the summit of the table. A Madrid vs R Madrid November 19, 2016, 7:15pm Live on Get Sky Sports Get a Sky Sports pass But while Enrique will welcome defender Gerard Pique back from injury for Saturdays encounter at the Nou Camp, the Spaniard will be without two other top names. Bradley McDougald Jersey. Andres Iniesta remains sidelined with a knee injury, but could return for El Clasico on December 3, while Luis Suarez, who has scored eight times in La Liga this season, is suspended after picking up his fifth booking of the campaign against Sevilla.A victory for Barcelona will take them above Real, who travel to neighbours Atletico in an all-Madrid derby on Saturday night, which is live on Sky Sports 1. Malaga have won four of their last seven matches to climb into the top half of the table, and Juande Ramos side will be hoping to spring a surprise victory.Malaga won 1-0 at the Nou Camp two seasons ago before following that up with a goalless draw at home. Barcelona only beat them by a single strike in their two matches last term.Midfielder Ignacio Camacho will be suspended for the trip and striker Charles will be sidelined through injury.But Sandro Ramirez, who has scored four goals from his last five matches, will hope to continue his fine form on his return to the Nou Camp after he left the club on a free transfer last summer. Stitched Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Wholesale Jerseys 2019 Cheap Jerseys Online Wholesale Jerseys From China Cheap Jerseys Throwback Nike NFL Jerseys China ' ' '
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