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Kings v. Trail Blazers: Pregame Notes

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    Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012 - 7:00 p.m. (Pacific)
    Rose Garden • Portland, Ore. • Game #27 • Home Game #14
    Comcast SportsNet • 1190 AM/102.3 FM KEX


    ALL TIME: Trail Blazers lead, 116-74
    IN PORTLAND: Trail Blazers lead, 76-18
    AT THE KINGS: Kings lead, 56-40
    LAST PORTLAND WIN: 103-86, 11/13/12 (Sac.)
    LAST KINGS WIN: 108-96, 12/23/12 (Sac.)

    • Portland and Sacramento will be playing each other for the fourth and final time this season. The Trail Blazers won the first meeting, 103-86, on Nov. 13 in Sacramento, and the Kings beat Portland 99-80 at the Rose Garden on Dec. 8 and 108-96 on Dec. 23 at Sleep Train Arena.

    • The Trail Blazers have not lost the regular season series with the Kings since the 2007-08 season (3-1).

    • JJ Hickson has recorded a double-double in each meeting with Sacramento this season. He is averaging 12.7 points and 13.0 re- bounds per game in those contests.

    • Damian Lillard is averaging 16.3 points and 8.3 assists per game against the Kings this season. Lillard is 10-of-17 (58.8%) from beyond the arc in those games.

    • In two games against Sacramento this season, Wesley Matthews is averaging 16.0 points per game, while shooting 11-of-20 (55.0%) from the field and 4-of-6 (66.7%) from distance.

    • In the first contest against the Kings this season, the Trail Blazers shot 48.6 percent from the field, including 51.9 percent (14-of-27) from beyond the arc. In the last two meetings with Sacramento, Portland has shot just 41.3 percent from the floor, including 33.3 percent (15-of-45) from beyond the arc.

    • The Kings shot just 1-of-11 (9.1%) from long distance in the first meeting with the Trail Blazers this season. Sacramento has shot 9-of- 19 (47.4%) from 3-point range in each of the past two games against Portland.

    • The Kings’ Aaron Brooks and Jason Thompson are the only Sacramento players who have started all three games against the Trail Blazers this season.

    • Last season, Portland and Sacramento split the season series with two wins a piece. The Trail Blazers won their two games against the Kings by an average of 17.0 points per contest, and Sacramento beat Portland by an average of 2.0 points per game.

    • LaMarcus Aldridge averaged 21.7 points, 12.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game in three appearances against the Kings in 2011- 12. Of his 38 total rebounds in those games, 19 were offensive boards and 19 were defensive rebounds.

    • Marcus Thornton led Sacramento in scoring against the Trail Blazers last season, averaging 18.0 points per contest in three games.

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