Lillard had 19 points and 10 rebounds.
“We made it a lot tougher than it should have been,” Lillard said.
Gay also missed Tuesday night’s 107-92 loss at Oklahoma City because of a lower back strain. Guard Isaiah Thomas missed his ninth straight game because of a right quad injury.
Former Blazer Travis Outlaw got his fourth start of the season for the Kings.
The Kings appeared worn out after playing the night before and Portland pulled away in the second quarter with a 10-0 run that made it 48-35. The Blazers extended the lead to as many as 15 points and went into the break with a 56-46 lead.
But the Kings closed the gap to 68-65 on Jason Thompson’s dunk midway through the third quarter. Cousins’ hook shot got Sacramento within 70-67. But Portland responded with a 9-0 run capped by Thomas Robinson’s jumper to pull back ahead 79-67 before the quarter was over.
“We’re playing against great teams that are playing for something and it’s not like they aren’t giving it their all,” McCallum said. “So to know that we can compete with some of these top teams should give us a lot of confidence.”
Notes: The Portland Trail Blazers - as well as owner Paul Allen - are appearing on Thursday night’s episode of Portlandia on the IFC channel. All-Star forward Aldridge previously appeared on the show as Penny Marshall’s boyfriend. … Former Oregon State guard Jared Cunningham was playing the final game of a 10-day contract with the Kings, although Sacramento could keep him until the end of the regular season. … It was Blazers rookie Alan Crabbe’s birthday.