NBA Game Summary - Sacramento at San Antonio
(Wednesday, December 9th)
Final Score: San Antonio 118, Sacramento 106
San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) - Richard Jefferson poured in 23 points and culminated San Antonio's 14-point run to end the first half, as the Spurs earned a 118-106 win over the Sacramento Kings.
Manu Ginobili added 20 points, while Tony Parker contributed 18 points and 11 assists for the Spurs, who have won seven straight and 12 of the last 13 matchups in this series.
Tim Duncan registered 17 points and eight boards for the Spurs, who snapped a three-game overall skid.
"We got a couple buckets in transition and made some plays," said Jefferson. "For the most part, I just did things with confidence. I like to believe that the more I play the more used to the offense I am going to get. My teammates did a great job of getting me the ball in the right spots. There weren't too many shots that I hit that weren't off of assists."
Omri Casspi had 20 points for the Kings, who have lost six in a row on the road and are 1-9 away from ARCO Arena this season. Jason Thompson scored 19 and had nine rebounds, while Tyreke Evans also tallied 19 points in defeat.
Jefferson, who also had eight rebounds and shot 11-of-18 from the field, started the big spurt with a jumper and a slam. Ginobili gave San Antonio a 56-54 edge by nailing a three-pointer with under two minutes left in the half and he then buried another one from long distance. After Parker's pull-up shot, Jefferson drove in for another slam with four seconds left in the half and a 63-54 cushion.
Sacramento cut what was once a double-digit deficit to four at 77-73 on Evans' tip-in, but the Spurs widened the margin to 89-82 going to the fourth.
The Kings were within three a couple of times in the last quarter, the final time at 103-100 following a Donte Greene layup with 4:08 remaining. Parker converted a layup to stem the tide and Ginobili had the highlight of the night with nearly two minutes left, faking a dribble up top before driving in for a thunderous jam with under two minutes left for a 112-102 lead.
"It's frustrating to know that we always get close enough but then can't pull it out," said Evans. "We're young and it's something we have to learn. We all got to go through this. Better to go through it now than later."
The Spurs host Charlotte Friday, while the Kings are at home against Minnesota on Saturday...Spurs forward Michael Finley missed the game with a sprained left ankle...The Kings are winless in their last seven trips to the Alamo City...The Spurs went 8-of-9 from three-point range and had a season-high 28 fast-break points.
12/10 01:53:13 ET