Duncan leads Spurs over Kings
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
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
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.