NBA Game Summary - Sacramento at San Antonio
(Wednesday, November 3rd)
Final Score: San Antonio 101, Sacramento 85
San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) - Tim Duncan poured in 30 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead the San Antonio Spurs past the Sacramento Kings, 101-85, at SBC Center.
It was the season-opener for San Antonio, while Sacramento was coming off a nine-point loss to Dallas on Tuesday.
Manu Ginobili contributed 24 points and nine boards for the Spurs, while teammate Brent Barry finished with 16 points in his San Antonio debut.
Mike Bibby paced the Kings with 23 points. Chris Webber collected 18 points and nine rebounds and Peja Stojakovic added 15 points for Sacramento.
San Antonio opened the fourth quarter with a 14-3 burst to grab a commanding 90-70 advantage. Barry and Ginobili each drained three-pointers to highlight the run. Another three-point shot by Barry with 5:13 remaining staked the Spurs to a 93-72 lead.
"Obviously he can shoot the ball, but what people don't understand is how good of a basketball player he is," said San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich about Barry. "He's a really smart player whose basketball quotient is really high, and that helps our whole team."
The Kings then scored the next 11 points to pull within 93-83 with three minutes left, but Ginobili countered with a three-pointer on the next possession to ignite an 8-0 run that put the game out of reach.
Sacramento took control early, scoring 13 of the first 17 points of the game. The Kings were still in front by seven at 17-10, but San Antonio responded with a 15-6 run and held a 25-23 lead after 12 minutes.
The Spurs increased their advantage to 33-27 on a pair of free throws by Ginobili. However, the Kings answered with a 10-2 spurt, capped by Stojakovic's three-pointer, to regain the lead at 37-35 midway through the second quarter.
The game remained tight until San Antonio went on an 11-2 burst, culminated by Tony Parker's three-point shot, to take a 52-43 advantage with 45 seconds remaining in the period. Matt Barnes then hit a pair of free throws for Sacramento and the Kings went to the locker room trailing by seven.
Duncan had 20 points in the first half, while Stojakovic led Sacramento in the opening 24 minutes with 12.
The Spurs stretched their lead to 12 early in the third quarter on a basket by Ginobili and eventually carried a 76-67 lead into the final period.
Doug Christie started for Sacramento and scored eight points in 20 minutes. He missed the opener against the Mavericks with a foot injury...Parker ended with 10 points...The Spurs have won six of the last eight meetings between the two teams...San Antonio improved to 8-0 in season-openers since Duncan joined the team in 1997.
11/04 00:32:05 ET