Blazers snap six-game losing streak
PORTLAND, Oregon (AP):
As CJ McCollum sees it, there's no time like the present for the Trail Blazers to snap out of their losing run.
McCollum scored 20 points and Portland snapped a six-game losing streak with a 102-89 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night.
The win ended the Blazers' longest skid of the season and was the second straight game they have shown intensity on defence - something that has eluded them at times this season.
"The sense of urgency has risen. We understand where we're at in the season. We understand where we turned the corner at last year, about the same time. So if we want to get better, the time is now," McCollum said.
Meyers Leonard added 16 off the bench for the Blazers, playing without leading scorer Damian Lillard for the second straight game because of a sprained left ankle.
DeMarcus Cousins scored 28 points but the Kings had their four-game winning streak snapped.
The Kings trailed by as many as 20 points in the second half. Matt Barnes' corner 3-pointer with 2 minutes to go pulled Sacramento within 98-87, before Cousins hit on a floater to get closer. Mason Plumlee answered with a dunk for Portland and the Kings couldn't catch up.
Plumlee finished with 12 points and 14 rebounds.
Other results: Orlando Magic 101 Charlotte Hornets 120; Washington Wizards 111 Indiana Pacers; Atlanta Hawks 102 New York Knicks 98; Detroit Pistons 94 Milwaukee Bucks 119; Chicago Bulls 101 Brooklyn Nets 99; New Orleans Pelicans 102 Los Angeles Clippers 98; San Antonio Spurs 119 Phoenix Suns 98; Denver Nuggets 105 Minnesota Timberwolves 103; Golden State Warriors 121 Toronto Raptors 111.