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Fox-less Kings beat slumping Trail Blazers 107-99

Bogdan Bogdanovic had 25 points and 10 assists, Nemanja Bjelica added 19 points and 12 rebounds and the Sacramento Kings won in their first game since losing leading scorer De'Aaron Fox to an ankle injury, beating the slumping Portland Trail Blazers 107-99 on Tuesday night.

The Kings overcame a sloppy first half, made a big run in the third quarter, then pulled away in the fourth to end a two-game losing streak to the Blazers.

Fox suffered a Grade 3 sprain in his left ankle during practice Monday. The third-year point guard, who started 81 games last season, will be reevaluated in a few weeks.

Sacramento Kings guard Cory Joseph, right, drives as Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard defends during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019. (AP PhotoRich Pedroncelli)

Bjelica helped make up for the loss of Fox. He made eight of his 14 shots and set a season-high for rebounds in his first double-double of the season. Buddy Hield added 20 points.

Damian Lillard had 27 points and CJ McCollum added 24 for the Blazers (4-7), who have lost five of six.

The Kings led by 14 early in the fourth quarter before the Blazers chipped away and pulled within 98-93 on a 3-pointer from Anfernee Simons with 2:51 remaining.

Sacramento Kings forward Trevor Ariza, right, tries to steal the ball from Portland Trail Blazers guard Anfernee Simons during the first quarter of an of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019. (AP PhotoRich Pedroncelli)

Bjelica answered with a 3, and after McCollum scored for Portland, Cory Joseph added a 3-pointer that made it 104-95. Joseph, starting in place of Fox, missed his first five shots before that.

TIP-INS

Trail Blazers: Portland missed 11 of its first 15 shots outside the arc. ... Whiteside went to the bench with his third foul 6 ½ minutes into the first quarter. ... Rodney Hood missed his second consecutive game because of back spasms.

Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield dunks as Bogdan Bogdanovic, center. and Portland Trail Blazers guard Anfernee Simons, right, watch during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019.(AP PhotoRich Pedroncelli)

Kings: Richaun Holmes had 11 points and 10 rebounds, his third double-double in 10 games. ... Hield shot 2 of 11 from 3-point range. ... Trevor Ariza left in the first half with a sore right groin. ... Sacramento was called for delay of game twice in the first half, resulting in a technical foul.

TURNING IT AROUND

Sacramento trailed by three at halftime, then outscored Portland 35-21 in the third quarter. It was only the second time this season that the Kings have outscored an opponent in the third period.

Portland Trail Blazers forward Skal Labissiere, left, grabs the ball next to Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019.(AP PhotoRich Pedroncelli)

UP NEXT

Trail Blazers: Host Toronto on Wednesday. The two teams split their two-game series last year.

Kings: Play at the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday. It will be Sacramento coach Luke Walton's first appearance at the Staples Center since being let go by the Lakers in the offseason.

Portland Trail Blazers forward Skal Labissiere, left, and Sacramento Kings forward Trevor Ariza, right, go for the ball during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019. (AP PhotoRich Pedroncelli)

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