SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP/CBS13) — First-round pick Tyrese Haliburton’s first career start ended in a blowout as the Portland Trail Blazers coasted to a 125-99 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night.
CJ McCollum scored 37 points, making six 3-pointers, and the Trail Blazers led by as many as 31 while facing little resistance from a Kings team that gave up 144 points to Toronto just a night earlier.
Sacramento (4-6) didn’t fare much better defensively Saturday and lost for the fifth time in six games.
McCollum scored 16 points in the first half as the Blazers took a 66-49 lead into the break. Then he scored 16 in a roughly seven-minute span to begin the third as Portland rattled off a 22-8 run that ended any hopes of a Sacramento comeback.
Damian Lillard scored 17 points and Carmelo Anthony added 13 for Portland.
Marvin Bagley III had 15 points for the Kings, who shot just 40.7 % (33 for 81) from the floor. They went 8 for 30 from beyond the arc and committed 15 turnovers that Portland converted into 30 points.
The Blazers made eight of their first 13 shots on the way to a 38-point first quarter. The Kings shot 42.5% from the floor in the first half without a single scorer in double digits.