Final Score: San Antonio 130, Sacramento 102
San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) - Tony Parker was among eight San Antonio
players in double figures with 13 points, but the All-Star guard sprained his
left ankle in the third quarter of the Spurs' 130-102 blowout of the
DeJuan Blair had 16 points, while Danny Green scored 15. Manu Ginobili had
nine points and a career-high 15 assists, as the Spurs bounced back from a
105-101 overtime loss at home against Phoenix on Wednesday. That defeat
snapped an 18-game home winning streak.
Tiago Splitter ended with 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Tim Duncan
contributed 13 points and 10 boards.
Parker drove the lane for a layup with under five minutes left in the period,
but he landed awkwardly as the ankle buckled upon hitting the floor. Parker
was helped off the court.
Prior to leaving, Parker also had seven assists. He sat out a game at Phoenix
on Sunday due to a right triceps contusion.
After the contest, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said Parker would be out for a
"Tony has been a stalwart for us," Popovich said. "He's having an All-Star
season. As I said, he's playing better than any other point guard in the
league consistently through the year. We will miss him."
Marcus Thornton scored 25 and Isaiah Thomas had 18 points for the Kings, who
lost for the 17th time in the last 18 meetings with the Spurs. Tyreke Evans
scored 10, but the Kings fell for the seventh time in their last eight games.
"Well obviously they weren't going to let us stay close in this basketball
game tonight," Kings coach Keith Smart said. "We made a gallant run to get it
a little bit close here and there, but this team moved the ball with 41
assists on 51 made field goals. The ball didn't touch the floor that often.
Those guys made a lot of passes on scoring plays."
The Kings, who never led, were down 18-6 early following a jumper from
Splitter midway through the opening quarter. The difference swelled to 19 in
the period and was 34-21 going to the second.
The Spurs held a 63-49 advantage at the half and the margin reached 30 in the
final minute of the third quarter and 36 in the fourth.
The Spurs were without guard Gary Neal (tight left calf) and forwards Stephen
Jackson (sprained right ankle) and Boris Diaw (lower back strain) ... Kawhi
Leonard scored 14 for the Spurs, while Matt Bonner had 13 and Patty Mills 12
... San Antonio shot 60.7 percent from the field.
03/02 00:45:53 ET
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