NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Monday, December 22nd (All times eastern)
Sacramento Kings (7-21) at San Antonio Spurs (16-10), 8:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The San Antonio Spurs resume a three-game homestand Monday when they welcome the woeful Sacramento Kings to the Alamo City.
The Spurs won the opener of their residency and snapped a two-game skid on Saturday when Tony Parker finished with 24 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds, as San Antonio used the long ball to notch a 107-97 win over the reeling Toronto Raptors.
More than a third of San Antonio's field goals came from three-point range in the game, as the Spurs made 16-of-35 three-point attempts, and shot 42-of-86 overall -- all while making just seven of 13 foul shots.
Tim Duncan contributed 19 points, seven boards and four blocked shots for San Antonio. Roger Mason, Michael Finley and Matt Bonner each made four three- point attempts and scored 16, 14 and 14 points, respectively, for the Spurs, who won their fifth straight home game and improved to 9-5 at the AT&T Center.
San Antonio will finish the homestand against Minnesota on Tuesday before moving on to Phoenix for a Christmas Day matchup with the Suns.
The Kings, meanwhile, fell to 0-3 on a four-game road swing Saturday in New Orleans when Chris Paul scored a game-high 34 points, doled out nine assists and had eight steals to lead the Hornets in a 99-90 victory over Sacramento.
John Salmons ended with 26 points and seven helpers for the Kings, who have dropped seven straight on the road and fell to a dismal 2-12 as the visitor this season. Francisco Garcia had 16 points and Brad Miller 13 in defeat.
Sacramento, which is 1-3 since interim coach Kenny Natt took over for Reggie Theus last week, continues to play without star guard Kevin Martin. Martin is sidelined with a balky ankle.
The Spurs won their third straight over the Kings on November 16, a 90-88 win in Sacramento. San Antonio has also dominated the series at home, winning eight of its last nine over the Kings in the Alamo City.
12/22 10:27:55 ET