NBA Game Summary - San Antonio at Sacramento
(Sunday, January 2nd)
Final Score: Sacramento 86, San Antonio 81
Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) - Peja Stojakovic had 28 points and grabbed eight rebounds to give the Sacramento Kings an 86-81 victory over the San Antonio Spurs.
Mike Bibby added 16 points and Chris Webber chipped in with 14 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists for the Kings, who ended a two-game home losing streak and ended San Antonio's five-game winning streak in the process.
Manu Ginobili paced the Spurs with 18 points. Tim Duncan had 14 points and 11 rebounds but missed 10 of his 16 shots.
"For us to get a big win against a great team did us some good," said Kevin Martin. "It was an all-around good effort for our guys."
A Duncan three-point play pulled the Spurs within 80-78 with 1:25 left.
Webber answered with a 22-foot hoop for a four-point Kings led, and a Ginobili three-pointer rimmed out on the Spurs' next possession. Ginobili missed a wide-open trey on the next trip down the floor with 36 seconds left, and Webber nailed two free throws with 18 seconds left to give Sacramento an 84-78 lead.
Robert Horry nailed a three-pointer from the corner to make it a three-point game with 17 seconds left. But Stojakovic was fouled with eight seconds left and drained two free throws to put the game away.
The Kings led 62-56 after three quarters, but Ginobili scored five points during a 7-0 run to begin the fourth, as the Spurs grabbed a 63-62 edge.
But Sacramento scored the next eight points of the game to take a 70-63 lead with 8:48 remaining. The run was punctuated when Martin threw a behind- the-back pass through his defender's legs and to Darius Songalia, who laid it in.
A Brad Miller jumper with 4:21 left in the first quarter gave the Kings a 15-9 lead. But the Spurs ended the first quarter on a 10-2 run to take a 19-17 lead into the second quarter. Horry had seven points during the burst.
Two Miller free throws by Miller with 1:57 left in the second quarter wrapped up a 12-4 run that gave the Kings a 40-36 advantage. Kevin Martin ended the first half by dribbling threw two defenders and throwing down a two-handed slam with one second left. That sent the Kings to the locker room leading 42-39.
A Ginobili hoop with 8 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter gave San Antonio a 47-44 lead.
Sacramento scored six straight, capped by a Stojakovic three-pointer, to forge ahead 50-47 with 7:08 remaining. Sacramento eventually took a 62-56 advantage into the final 12 minutes.
The Kings led 73-68 in the fourth quarter, but Brent Barry hit a pair of free throws, then canned a wide-open three-pointer with 4:50 remaining to knot the game at 73 apiece.
After a timeout, Webber missed a jumper, but stole the ball and fed Stojakovic for a trey to put the Kings up 76-73. Miller hit a jumper as the shot clock expired on Sacramento's next possession to put the Kings up by five with 2:55 remaining.
The Kings improved to 14-3 when they lead after three quarters, including 9-1 at home.
01/02 23:47:45 ET