The San Antonio Spurs started out their six-game home-stand the right way, grabbing a 112-85 win over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night.
The Spurs trailed by one at the end of the first quarter, but, the final three quarters were a whole different story with San Antonio outscoring Sacramento 86-58 over the last 36 minutes.
Mar 4, 2015; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs guardManu Ginobili
(20) goes for a shot against Sacramento Kings guardBen McLemore
(23) at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports
The defensive pressure the Spurs exerted on the Kings was a major reason San Antonio was able to come away with the victory. The Spurs forced Sacramento into 17 turnovers with 13 of them coming by way of steals. San Antonio also did a great job contesting shots, limiting the Kings to 37.2% shooting while blocking shots.
The Spurs were equally as great offensively, shooting 52.9% from the field while going 10-of-23 from three-point range. San Antonio also displayed their fluid ball movement against Sacramento, passing the ball around to the tune of 23 assists.
Rebounding was a major plus as well for the Spurs as San Antonio won the rebounding battle 44-35.
The Kings might have won the free throw battle, getting to the charity stripe 34 times compared to the Spurs 16 attempts, but ultimately their deficiencies elsewhere were just too much to overcome.
Kawhi Leonard led the way for San Antonio in their victory, scoring an efficient 21 points on 9-of-11 shooting while pulling down five rebounds. Tony Parker was equally impressive, putting in 19 points and three assists.
Tim Duncan‘s performance was also notable as his six rebounds tonight moved him to ninth all-time in career rebounds.
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Sacramento’s effort was headed by Ray McCallum. The Kings point guard finished with his team’s second highest point total with 12, also contributing seven rebounds and four assists. Sacramento All-Star DeMarcus Cousins had 14 points.
With the win, the Spurs improved to 37-23 on the season, their third straight win. The Kings fell to 21-38 with the loss.
Next up for San Antonio is game two of this six-game home-stand against the Denver Nuggets. That game is scheduled for Friday at 7:30 p.m. CT.
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