NBA Game Summary - Sacramento at San Antonio
(Wednesday, April 11th)
Final Score: San Antonio 109, Sacramento 100
San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) - Tim Duncan poured in 26 points, pulled down 13 rebounds and blocked four shots in San Antonio's 109-100 win over the Sacramento Kings.
Michael Finley added 19 points, while Tony Parker tallied 14 points and eight assists for the Spurs, who won their fifth straight game and beat the Kings for the 10th time in the last 12 meetings.
Manu Ginobili also scored 14 for the Spurs, who hold the third seed in the Western Conference. They are two games behind Phoenix for second.
"We still have these games remaining, especially a big one with Dallas (Sunday) and we want to make sure we get through these unscathed," Duncan said. "Luckily enough we see Denver at the end of the season also. So if it is them then we get another look at them and we can work some stuff out then."
Mike Bibby and Francisco Garcia each had 22 points for the Kings, who lost for the sixth time in eight contests.
"I am extremely proud of our effort," Kings coach Eric Musselman said. "We played hard last night and then again tonight. Even in the Houston lost we kept it close and again that was the case tonight as well. When you're essentially down to seven guys; it's one thing if it is not a back to back but this was for us."
John Salmons drilled a three-pointer with 5:46 left in the game to get the Kings within 91-89, but Finley hit a jumper. Then, after Kevin Martin misfired on a long-distance shot for the Kings, Finley banged in a three.
Sacramento never got closer than four after that, as the Spurs widened their advantage to 103-93 with 2:38 left following a pair of Finley foul shots.
The Spurs led 23-22 after one quarter and widened the margin to 54-48 at the half before the Kings came back to grab a 60-58 edge early in the third following a jumper from Justin Williams. Garcia followed with a three-pointer, but the Spurs surged in front with a 10-2 spurt, finished by a pair of Parker free throws.
The Kings were up 80-79 going into the fourth.
Sacramento forward Ron Artest was out due to a sore left hamstring...Williams had 15 points and 10 boards.
04/12 02:25:43 ET