NBA Game Summary - Sacramento at San Antonio
(Saturday, December 17th)
Final Score: San Antonio 90, Sacramento 89
San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) - Michael Finley buried a wide open 20-foot jumper with just 2.5 seconds remaining to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 90-89 victory over the Sacramento Kings at the SBC Center.
Tony Parker led the Spurs with 25 points and 12 assists. Tim Duncan had 24 points and 14 rebounds for the defending champs, who won for the third consecutive time. Finley also reached double figures with 16, while defensive specialist Bruce Bowen pulled down nine rebounds to go along with his nine points.
"We have a lot of confidence in each other in end of game situations," Duncan said. "There's a lot of talent on this team, even without Manu (Ginobili), Mike has stepped up and played great."
Shareef Abdur-Rahim had 25 points to lead the Kings, who lost their fourth consecutive game in San Antonio. Mike Bibby had 21 and six assists for Sacramento, while Peja Stojakovic had 13 points and Brad Miller pitched in with 13 points and 13 boards.
"We played very well tonight, and made plays right down to the last possession," said Kings head coach Rick Adelman. "If we keep playing like that, we'll be fine."
Parker took an inbounds pass and drove down the heart of the lane before kicking a pass out to Finley. The veteran drained the shot from the right wing for the lead with just 2.5 ticks remaining.
A desperation three by Bibby hit the iron, but was too long and the Spurs survived.
The Kings played valiantly on the road against the champs. Bibby tied the game at 85 with a deep three from the left wing with just 2:21 to go.
After Duncan made 1-of-2 free throws, Bibby answered again. He worked off a double screen to drain a jumper.
Finley then missed a jumper in the lane, but Duncan corralled the rebound and put it back for an 88-87 lead.
The Kings posted Bonzi Wells on the block and the former Trail Blazer made the Spurs pay. The Kings took a one-point lead with just 7.6 seconds remaining, setting up Finley's heroics.
The Spurs jumped out quickly, building a 29-17 lead at the end of the first quarter.
A strong second quarter got the Kings back in the game and the visitors went to the locker room with a precarious 44-43 advantage.
Wells finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Kings...Ginobili missed his third straight game with a foot injury. In 18 games this season, Ginobili is averaging 15.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.0 assists...San Antonio is an impressive 11-1 at home this season. The Spurs have won six in a row at the SBC Center...Sacramento, which will closeout the current swing on Monday against the Charlotte Bobcats, is just 3-7 on the road this season...The Spurs have won four straight and six of the last seven contests in this series.
12/18 00:24:30 ET