SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Marcus Thornton made four 3-pointers and scored 11 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Sacramento Kings past the Portland Trail Blazers 117-100 on Monday night.DeMarcus Cousins had 20 points and seven rebounds for the Kings. Jason Brooks added 16 points, James Johnson had 12, and Jimmer Fredette and Tyreke Evans 11 each.Cousins came off the bench midway through the fourth to help boost the Kings. He scored six consecutive points, the final one a fastbreak layup that put Sacramento (2-0) ahead 107-93 with 5:06 left.Rookie point guard Damien Lillard scored 20 points for Portland (1-2). LaMarcus Aldridge had 16 points and seven rebounds, Nicolas Batum scored 14, and Wesley Matthews and J.J. Hickson had 11 each.Evans helped keep the Kings lead in double digits in the third quarter by scoring on a variety of drives to the basket. He had nine points and the Kings went into the fourth quarter ahead 91-78.Lillard connected on three 3-pointers early in the third to rally Portland and scored 11 points in the quarter.After a productive 10-point first half, Cousins picked up four personal fouls and a technical and went to the bench midway through the third quarter.The Kings started offseason pickup Brooks at point guard and the move had immediate benefits. Brooks made two 3s and had 12 first-quarter points in helping Sacramento to a 62-42 halftime lead.
Kings sophomore forward Skal Labissiere returned to Haiti for the first time since 2010 on Wednesday.
One day later, he reunited with the man who helped save his life. Labissiere was trapped under rubble in a 2010 earthquake. The man and Skal's father searched through debris before finding the talented hooper.
Skal is reunited with the man who helped his father search for him through the rubble after the 2010 earthquake. pic.twitter.com/uF4WOLFkHZ— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) July 20, 2017
Labissiere is back in his native country to host a basketball camp from July 19-21. In his rookie year, Labissiere averaged 8.8 points and 4.9 rebounds per game in 18.5 minutes per game.
The Kings selected Labissiere out of Kentucky with the No. 28 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.
Editor's Note: The above video is from April 11, 2017.
With the Sacramento Kings drafting point guards De’Aaron Fox and Frank Mason III and then inking George Hill, the door closed for a return of veteran Ty Lawson. On Tuesday afternoon, the 29-year-old announced via social that he is heading overseas to play in China for the Shanxi Dragons.
Lawson played well in his lone season in Sacramento, averaging 9.9 points and 4.8 assists in 25.1 minutes per contest. He shot 45.4 percent from the field over 69 games, including 24 starts for the Kings.
Lawson almost made the leap to China last summer before landing in Sacramento on August 31. He joins free agent departures Darren Collison, Ben McLemore, Tyreke Evans, Anthony Tolliver, Langston Galloway and Rudy Gay, all who have signed elsewhere this summer as the Kings revamp their roster.
Kings free-agent PG Ty Lawson reached agreement to sign in China with Luis Scola and the Shanxi Dragons. pic.twitter.com/ERpx9mYUvH— David Pick (@IAmDPick) July 18, 2017