NBA Game Summary - San Antonio at Sacramento
(Tuesday, April 6th)
Final Score: San Antonio 95, Sacramento 86
Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) - Richard Jefferson had 18 points and five rebounds, as the playoff-bound San Antonio Spurs took down the Sacramento Kings, 95-86.
Manu Ginobili added 16 points and six assists for the Spurs, who have won four in a row and are now tied with the Thunder for sixth in the Western Conference. Oklahoma City lost in overtime to the Jazz on Tuesday.
Garrett Temple chipped in a career-high 15 points, while DeJuan Blair added 13 points off the bench. Tony Parker returned to the lineup and recorded eight points off the bench in nearly 17 minutes of action. Parker missed 16 games with a broken bone in his right hand.
"I felt good. I've been running a lot, I've been on the track a lot. It was just about getting into a basketball rhythm. I was just happy to be out there," Parker said.
Tyreke Evans finished with 22 points, nine boards and six assists for the Kings, who have dropped eight in a row. Carl Landry chipped in 20 points, while Donte Greene tallied 12 points off the bench in defeat.
"Fourth quarter again. Ginobili got hot, and we have to always know where he's at. We did a pretty good job on him throughout the game until the fourth quarter," Greene said. "They kind of got us in the fourth quarter, but other than that we had a lot of good things."
San Antonio started the third with six straight points to go in front, 53-47. Tim Duncan's layup extended the margin to nine, 69-60, with less than 3 1/2 minutes remaining.
The Kings bridged the third and fourth periods with a 13-3 burst to take the lead. Landry scored the first seven points of flurry to get Sacramento to within 71-67 at the end of the third, and Evans ended the run with six points for a 73-72 margin with 9:10 to play.
With the score tied at 79-all with over 5 1/2 minutes remaining, the Spurs went on a 12-0 surge to essentially seal the victory. Ginobili made two three- pointers during the stretch, which Blair capped with a deuce for a 91-79 lead with 1 1/2 minutes to go.
Sacramento never got closer than seven the rest of the way.
The score was 18-18 after the first quarter, and it was 47-all at the half.
Spurs guard George Hill (ankle) missed the game...San Antonio, which has won nine straight over the Kings, swept the season series for the second straight year...Duncan ended with 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Spurs, who shot 46.8 percent from the field...Sean May had 10 points off the bench for the Kings, who shot 43.9 percent from the floor.
04/07 02:00:57 ET