NBA Game Summary - Sacramento at San Antonio
(Friday, March 21st)
Final Score: San Antonio 102, Sacramento 89
San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) - Tim Duncan scored 21 points and hauled in 13 rebounds to lead the San Antonio Spurs over the Sacramento Kings, 102-89, at the AT&T Center.
Tony Parker poured in 19 points and doled out seven assists for the Spurs, who have won two straight after dropping four in a row. The club sits a game behind idle New Orleans for the top spot in the Southwest Division and two games behind the Lakers, who beat the Sonics, 130-105, Friday, for first place in the Western Conference.
"It's great to get a back-to-back and start a little bit of a winning streak," Duncan said. "It will be a great test for us on Sunday (against Dallas) and tonight felt better than a couple of those other games we lost."
Jacque Vaughn tallied 11 points and seven assists, while Bruce Bowen gave 10 points in the victory.
Ron Artest had 23 points for the Kings, who let a two-game win streak disappear. Kevin Martin added 20 points and Anthony Johnson 12 in defeat.
The Spurs were on top 23-19 after the first frame and increased their cushion to 54-47 by the time intermission rolled around.
After Sacramento came out of the gate strong in the second half, Martin kept the fast pace going with five straight points, which tied the game at 58 with about 7 1/2 minutes left in the third.
The teams traded baskets and the Kings stayed within striking distance until a Parker three-pointer and five points from Manu Ginobili opened a 71-63 Spurs lead.
Back-to-back buckets from Kurt Thomas and Ime Udoka with one minute remaining increased the Spurs advantage to 79-68 heading into the final 12 minutes.
The Kings scored seven of the first nine points of the fourth to pull within 81-75. However, San Antonio scored seven unanswered points to increase its lead to 88-75, the highest it had been up to that point, with just under seven minutes left in regulation.
Martin connected on 2-of-2 from the line to bring Sacramento within 11, though, Parker sank a free throw, Duncan added five points and Bowen drained a long jumper to give the Spurs a 98-80 lead they would ride into the final seconds.
"We were always in this game," Artest said. "We just made a couple of mistakes. Pop did a good job adjusting and finding ways to get to us. So this one never slipped away."
The Kings are a lackluster 10-25 on the road this year. They've also had trouble winning in San Antonio over the years, having dropped eight of its last nine to the Spurs as the visitor in this series. The Spurs have also emerged victorious in 10 of the 12 most recent overall meetings between these clubs...San Antonio is an outstanding 28-6 at the AT&T Center this season...Sacramento is 2-24 when scoring under 100 points this season.
03/22 01:25:56 ET