San Antonio Spurs Overcome Early Deficit in Win Over Sacramento Kings

By Jay Desai

84. . 107. 29. 96

The San Antonio Spurs ended their four game losing streak on Friday night, defeating the Sacramento Kings 107-96 on the road.

The Spurs trailed by 10 points early in the first quarter but were resilient, finding a way to overcome the deficit and go on to win.

Feb 27, 2015; Sacramento, CA, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard

Manu Ginobili

(20) is fouled while driving to the basket between Sacramento Kings forward

Rudy Gay

(8) and forward

Jason Thompson

(34) in the second half of their NBA basketball game at Sleep Train Arena. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports. Spurs won 107-96

San Antonio’s great ball control was a major reason for the win as the Spurs only committed five turnovers in the game. This was in sharp contrast to Sacramento, who gave away the ball 17 times.

While the Spurs did not generate as many assists as we are used to seeing, 18 in the game, their ability to create turnovers and stop the Kings ball movement, Sacramento only had 15 assists, was key to picking up the victory.

That excellent ball control has even more value after considering San Antonio’s poor shooting night. The Spurs struggled to put the ball in the hoop, connecting on only 39.8% of their field goal attempts. The Kings, on the other hand, were much better, making 48.1% of their shots.

Although the shooting fight went in favor of Sacramento, the free throw battle was a much different story. San Antonio made it the line 32 times in the game, hitting an insane 29 of those attempts. The Kings also made it the line a solid amount of times, going 19-of-23 from the charity stripe.

Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard led the way for the Spurs in this once. Parker finished with 19 points, five rebounds, and four assists while Leonard recorded an equally impressive 17 points, seven rebounds, and five assists.

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For Sacramento, it was all about the effort from their starting backcourt. Point guard Ray McCallum registered 20 points and three assists while shooting guard Ben McLemore recorded 21 points and four rebounds.

With the win, San Antonio improved to 3-5 on their rodeo road trip, 35-23 on the season. The Kings fell to 20-36 with the loss.

The Spurs will have to keep their momentum going on Saturday night as well as they face the Phoenix Suns in their final game of their rodeo road trip. The game is scheduled for an 8 p.m. CT start.

What do you think of San Antonio’s win over Sacramento? Is this a sign that the Spurs are finally turning it around? Let us know in the comments!

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