Sacramento, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Rudy Gay posted a game and season-best 40 points along with eight rebounds as Sacramento picked up its first win of the year with a 103-94 triumph over Portland on Friday night.
DeMarcus Cousins and Darren Collison each contributed 17 points for the Kings, who shook off a season-opening 18-point loss to Golden State on Wednesday.
"I just wanted to be aggressive," said Gay. "I tried to make plays better and took what they gave me."
LaMarcus Aldridge totaled 22 points and Damian Lillard poured in 20 for the Blazers, who were coming off a 17-point home win against Oklahoma City two days prior.
"We knew they were a really good second-chance team and they did that all night," Lillard said. "They just outplayed us."
Wesley Matthews hit from long distance and Portland was up 77-73 early in the fourth, but Omri Casspi's layup just over three minutes in triggered a momentum-turning 13-0 run which gave the Kings the lead for good.
Gay followed with five in a row including a trey, Cousins added a bucket, Collison made two from the charity stripe and Cousins ended the burst with two more from the line to make it 86-77.
Gay later connected on both his free-throw attempts with 2:39 to play and Sacramento was up 92-81. Portland was unable to close the gap to less than six the rest of the way.
Aldridge scored 11 first-quarter points but the Blazers trailed 26-24 after 12 minutes of action. Things were tight again in the second period, which ended in a 48-48 deadlock thanks to a pair of Chris Kaman shots sandwiched around a Collison jumper.
The Kings' lead swelled to 62-52 with four minutes elapsed in the third thanks to seven points from Gay, and it was 69-58 for the hosts with 4:18 left after a Gay three-pointer, but the Blazers battled back to knot the score heading to the fourth, 71-71, thanks to six points from Aldridge.
Gay shot 13-of-19 from the floor including 3-of-4 from beyond the arc, and made 11 of his 13 free throws ... Matthews ended up with 16 points for Portland ... Collison had eight of Sacramento's 14 assists and three of his club's six steals.