The San Antonio Spurs won their sixth straight game Friday night, defeating the Sacramento Kings at home 112-104.
Nov 28, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker (9) shoots the ball as Sacramento Kings point guard Darren Collison (7) defends during the first half at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
The Spurs were able to keep the Kings at arm’s length the whole night, finding their way to keep Sacramento away from the lead thanks to their hot shooting.
A game after shooting over 55% from the field, San Antonio once again scorched the nets shooting 51.2% from the field and connecting on 12-of-24 from behind the arc.
That hot shooting from deep, combined with the Spurs domination in points in the paint, outscoring the Kings 52-36 in that department, propelled San Antonio to their ninth win in 10 games.
Sacramento was already behind the Spurs from opening tip, finding themselves without star center DeMarcus Cousins who missed the game due to illness. Fortunately for the Kings, other players picked up the slack, especially in the rebounding department where Cousins leads the team. Sacramento was able to get a strong effort on the boards, out-rebounding San Antonio 46-33.
The Kings received a nice boost from Rudy Gay, who was listed as questionable for the game. Gay scored 23 points, adding eight rebounds and eight assists as well. Ryan Hollins also played well for Sacramento, filling in at starting center for Cousins and contributing 15 points and six rebounds.
The Spurs offensive attack was led by Tony Parker, who finished with a game high 27 points and eight assists. San Antonio also received a great effort from Tim Duncan with his 18 points and eight rebounds.
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Another positive for the Spurs was in the turnover department. The team only committed six giveaways.
San Antonio’s win moved the team’s record to 11-4, fifth in the West, while Sacramento fell to 9-7 with the loss, their second straight. The win also marked Ettore Messina’s, who is subbing in at head coach after Gregg Popovich underwent a minor medical procedure, second win ever.
Next up for the San Antonio Spurs is a four game road trip that goes through, Boston, Philadelphia, Brooklyn, and Memphis. The road trip starts on Sunday and will result in the Spurs not playing at home until December 6th.
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