Trail Blazers 103, Kings 98
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) _ Isaiah Rider scored 21 points and Brian Grant had 19 points and 11 rebounds Tuesday night as the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Sacramento Kings 103-98 for their eighth straight victory.
Arvydas Sabonis added 19 points for the Blazers, who extended their league-best record to 15-3.
Portland, which won for the 13th time in 14 games and improved to 9-0 at home, used scoring bursts at the beginning of the third and fourth quarters to come from behind against the Kings, the NBA’s highest-scoring team at 99.8 points a game.
Lawrence Funderburke had 18 points off the bench for the Kings, and Vlade Divac had 16 points and 16 rebounds. Chris Webber had 14 points and 13 rebounds.
The Kings pulled within 102-98 with 19.3 seconds left on a driving layup by Jason Williams, and the Blazers’ Rasheed Wallace threw the ball away on the inbounds pass. But Williams threw a pass right to Wallace on the next possession to end the threat.
Portland made 10 of its first 12 shots in the third quarter and outscored the Kings 25-10 in the first 6:53 of the period to rally from a 55-47 halftime deficit and take a 72-65 lead.
The Blazers led 78-70 heading into the fourth period and made eight of their first 11 shots to put the game away. A slam dunk by Wallace and a looping jumper to beat the shot clock by Greg Anthony made it 93-79 with 7:31 left.