NBA Game Summary - Sacramento at San Antonio
(Thursday, January 27th)
Final Score: San Antonio 90, Sacramento 80
San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) - Manu Ginobili scored 25 points to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 90-80 victory over the Sacramento Kings in a battle of Western Conference powers at the SBC Center.
Tim Duncan posted 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Spurs, who beat the Kings on the road on Sunday and now own the best record in the NBA at 35-10. San Antonio, which has won 14 straight at home, also received 14 points from Bruce Bowen.
Brad Miller registered 19 points for the Kings, who have dropped two of three on the heels of a six-game winning streak. Mike Bibby tallied 17 points and Chris Webber added 16 for the Kings, who played without forward Peja Stojakovic due to back spasms.
Trailing 78-71 with seven minutes left in the game, the Kings reeled off six straight points to get within one. Bibby's running layup and Miller's jumper from the foul line preceded a Webber bucket that made it 78-77 with under five minutes remaining.
San Antonio then took back control, scoring eight straight points to go up 86-77. Following a Webber three-pointer that cut the deficit back to six, the Kings did not score again and the Spurs used two foul shots and a basket by Ginobili to hold on for the victory.
The Spurs led by six, 30-24, after one quarter of play, but the visitors took the lead under four minutes into the second when Darius Songaila's dunk gave them a 35-34 edge.
The remainder of the first half saw the Spurs begin to build a lead. They used a 15-4 run to grab a 49-39 advantage. The burst was keyed by five points from Robert Horry as well as contributions from Duncan and Ginobili.
San Antonio took a 53-45 lead into the locker room.
"We were keeping them close during the first half," said Ginobili. "They are good at running the fast break and that is why they were in the game."
The visitors used a solid third quarter, in which they outscored the Spurs 22-17, to stay in the game and entered the final frame down by three, 70-67.
San Antonio has won eight of the last 11 meetings with the Kings...The Spurs improved to 22-1 at home this season...The Kings are now 10-8 on the road...Sacramento shot 43 percent from the floor compared to 47 percent for the Spurs, who outrebounded the visitors by a 41-32 margin.
01/28 00:50:19 ET