Thornton helps Kings snap Blazers' win streak at 5

Thornton helps Kings snap Blazers' win streak at 5
December 23, 2012, 11:27 pm
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Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, right, drives to the basket around Sacramento Kings defender James Johnson during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Marcus Thornton scored 18 of his 22 points in the second half to help the slumping Sacramento Kings snap Portland's five-game winning streak with a 108-96 victory over the Trail Blazers on Sunday night.

The Kings played without starting center DeMarcus Cousins, who was suspended indefinitely Saturday for unprofessional behavior and conduct detrimental to the team.

Already ahead by nine points, the Kings opened the fourth quarter with a 7-0 run, including a 3-pointer by Thornton, to build their lead to 87-71. The Blazers trailed by at least 13 the rest of the way.

John Salmons had 13 of his 15 points in the second half for Sacramento, which had lost six of its previous seven games.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Blazers.