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Kings rout Blazers

SACRAMENTO -- Francisco Garcia scored 21 points, Kevin Martin 20, and the Sacramento Kings pulled away in the second half to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 111-87 on Sunday night.

Leading by three at halftime, the Kings opened the third quarter with a 7-1 run and led by double figures the remainder of the game. Martin made shots from all over, scoring 12 points in the quarter as the Kings took a 79-64 lead into the fourth.

It's been quite a preseason for Martin, who's averaging 21 points and shooting 61 percent in five games. Martin is coming off a breakout season in which he led the Kings in scoring at a career-high 20.2 points.

Garcia and Martin each hit three 3-pointers for the Kings, who were coming off a humbling 101-77 loss Friday in Portland.

Mikki Moore had 13 points and eight rebounds, Darryl Watkins scored 13 points, and John Salmons scored 12 for the Kings.

Salmons, the likely temporary replacement for Ron Artest, helped the Kings start fast by scoring 10 points in the first quarter. Artest has a lower left leg injury and didn't dress. He'll miss the first seven regular-season games because of a league suspension.

SUNDAY'S EXHIBITIONS -- Josh Howard scored 22 points and Devin Harris 19 to lead the Dallas Mavericks over the New Orleans Hornets 103-97 in Dallas. Howard was 9 for 14 from the field and grabbed seven rebounds. Chris Paul led the Hornets with 16 points and 11 assists. ... Steve Nash had 20 points, eight assists and six rebounds before sitting out the fourth quarter and Alando Tucker scored all of his 14 points in the final period of the Phoenix Suns' 98-88 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats in Los Angeles. ... Rookie Al Thornton scored 10 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter and Corey Maggette had 22, leading the Los Angeles Clippers to a 112-96 victory over the Lakers.

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