Sacramento Kings Overmatched, Fall To San Antonio Spurs

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All Spurs: San Antonio Cruises To Relatively Easy Win Against Sacramento

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Sports Network | February 5, 2011

Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) – Tony Parker totaled 25 points and the Spurs kept rolling with a 113-100 win over the Kings, beating Sacramento for the 10th straight time.

Richard Jefferson added 16 points, and Tiago Splitter came off the bench to score 16 to pare with nine rebounds for San Antonio, which won its second in a row since losing the opener of its nine-game rodeo road trip. The 42-8 mark for the Spurs is their best through 50 games in franchise history. That is tied for the fifth-best start through 50 games in NBA annals.

The Spurs dominated the Kings just one night after Antonio McDyess tipped in a missed Tim Duncan jumper at the buzzer for an 89-88 victory over the Lakers.

DeJuan Blair tallied 10 points and 12 rebounds for San Antonio, which shot 57.1 percent from the field. Duncan ended with 12 points.

“To come here, against a team that has beaten the Lakers and New Orleans, that has played well, that’s big,” Jefferson said. “Young teams always get up for good team. And on a Friday night at (their) home, this was a situation where we knew we were coming into a difficult situation. We answered that call.”

Tyreke Evans scored 25 for the Kings, losers of two consecutive games. Beno Udrih had 18 points, one more than Carl Landry.

Unlike Friday, the Spurs took complete command in the opening quarter, shooting 14-of-24 from the field. Parker led the way with 12 points. Jefferson opened the game by drilling a three-pointer on the first possession and soon after, a triple from Parker and a Duncan jumper provided a 12-2 bulge.

Splitter tacked on a layup, which turned into a three-point play with 2.3 seconds left for a 34-19 lead after one period.

The difference continued to grow in the second with McDyess knocking down a jumper for a 49-26 cushion with nearly eight minutes left.

“I thought they put on a clinic in the first quarter against us,” Kings coach Paul Westphal said. “We tried to play catch up. We did do better as the game went on, but in the first half they shredded us.”

The Spurs, who never trailed in the game, carried a 61-43 lead into the half. The margin reached 25 at 82-57 on a Jefferson four-point play with 5:40 to go in the third.

Holding a 91-75 edge after three, the decision for the Spurs was never in doubt in the final stanza.

The Spurs have won 15 of the last 16 meetings. They’ll continue the extended road trip Tuesday against Detroit…The Spurs forced 13 turnovers, leading to 22 points…George Hill had 10 points for the visitors.


Brutal Stretch For Sacramento Kings Continues Against San Antonio Spurs

(Sports Network) - Coming off an exciting win over the two-time defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers last night in Hollywood, the San Antonio Spurs look to carry the momentum into Friday's showdown against the Sacramento Kings at Arco Arena.

The Spurs literally got a major lift from veteran big man Antonio McDyess, whose tip-in off a missed Tim Duncan jumper at the buzzer sent San Antonio to its 12th win in 14 tries. Tony Parker had 21 points and Richard Jefferson posted 18 for the Spurs, who are 1-1 on their annual rodeo road trip.

"I happened to be in the right place at the right time and it bounced right to me," said McDyess, who had eight points, eight boards and five assists.

Manu Ginobili scored 14 points and handed out eight assists, while Duncan was credited with eight points and eight rebounds. San Antonio shot just 41 percent from the floor and will also visit the Pistons, Raptors, Sixers, Wizards, Nets and Bulls on the lengthy trek.

The Southwest Division-leading Spurs are 16-6 away from the Alamo City this season and have compiled a 45-21 mark in the eight rodeo road trips since moving into the AT&T Center. This year's version will last 17 days and encompass 8,965 miles.

Meanwhile, Sacramento will continue a six-game homestand Friday night and fell to 1-1 on the residency following Tuesday's 95-90 loss versus the Boston Celtics.

Rookie DeMarcus Cousins and reigning Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evans both had 20 points for the Kings, who entered the game with three wins in their last four contests. Donte Greene and Beno Udrih had 15 and 12 points, respectively, in a losing effort.

"We're obviously not as good a team as the Celtics are but that's where we want to get," Kings coach Paul Westphal told

The Kings will also host Utah, Dallas and Oklahoma City, and are 7-18 in California's capital this season. Seven of their last nine games have been decided by six points or fewer, while Cousins has scored in double figures in five of the last six games.

San Antonio and Sacramento are meeting for the first time since the Spurs swept a four-game series a season ago. The Spurs have won nine in a row and 20 of the past 23 matchups with the Kings, losers in five straight and 12 of 15 bouts with San Antonio at Arco Arena.


Boston Celtics 95, Sacramento Kings 90: DeMarcus Cousins and Tyreke Evans Fall Short

Despite a huge second quarter for the Sacramento Kings, the Boston Celtics dominated the second half and led comfortably for most of the fourth quarter. Sacramento turned the ball over 20 times and were outrebounded 43-36. For more coverage, check out Sactown Royalty and Celtics Blog.

Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) – Ray Allen scored 22 points while Rajon Rondo posted 17 points and 10 assists as Boston topped Sacramento, 95-90, at ARCO Arena.

Paul Pierce had 15 points, five assists and five boards for the Celtics, who finished a four-game western road trip going 3-1 and saw one of their more impressive wins of the season when they defeated the Los Angeles Lakers, 109-96, on Sunday in a rematch of last year’s NBA Finals.

Kevin Garnett added 12 points and seven rebounds, while Nate Robinson netted 14 points in a reserve role.

DeMarcus Cousins and Tyreke Evans each had 20 points as the Kings had a two- game win streak snapped. Donte Greene and Beno Udrih had 15 and 12 points, respectively, in defeat.

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