San Antonio Spurs Lose Close One Against Sacramento Kings

By George Middleton

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One thing is for sure, the Sacramento Kings are one of the more improved teams in the Western Conference. They showed that there 6-4 start isn’t a fluke after beating the Spurs on Saturday night. The Spurs appeared out of energy in stretches, after an easy road win against the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night.

What made Sacramento’ win impressive was that they didn’t make a single three point shot (0-12). The Spurs had difficulty defending DeMarcus Cousins, who went for 25 points and 10 rebounds despite only playing 27 minutes. The Spurs did a terrific job guarding Rudy Gay as he went 7-20 from the field, finishing with 18 points.

Manu Ginobili was terrific for the Spurs, as he had 21 points and 5 assists off the bench. He missed a three pointer that would’ve tied the game, with less than five seconds to play. Kawhi Leonard scored 16 points and played superb defense on Leonard, but he made only one of eight three point shots.

Tim Duncan had one of his less impressive games of the season, as he finished with 15 points (4-11 fg) and 8 rebounds. Duncan, just like the rest of the Spurs team, struggled to stop a relentless Cousins.

With both teams shooting 43% from the field, the key to the game was turnovers. The San Antonio Spurs finished with 14 compared to a clean 9 turnovers for Sacramento.

The biggest lead of the game for the San Antonio Spurs was seven, while the Kings biggest lead was 10 points.

Up next for the San Antonio Spurs are the Philadelphia 76ers, the only winless team in the NBA. The game is on Monday at the AT&T Center.

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