Kings Lose To Spurs 113-94, Fall To 0-3

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Tony Parker scored 24 points and Richard Jefferson added 21 points, leading the San Antonio Spurs to a 113-94 victory over the winless Sacramento Kings on Saturday night.

The Spurs got a strong performance from Manu Ginobili, who scored 13 points and had three assists in a reserve role. After scoring 28 points against Chicago on Thursday, Tim Duncan had just seven points Saturday. He grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked one shot.

Kevin Martin had 26 points and Spencer Hawes scored 22 for the Kings, who dropped to 0-3.

Ginobili's biggest contribution might have been his corralling of a bat that flew onto the court.

The bat swooped onto the court late in the first period, scattering players and stopping play. It flew away, then returned, briefly. Ginobili knocked it down with a bare hand, picked it up and carried it off the court to thunderous cheers. A trainer then emerged to squirt sanitizer on Ginobili's hand.

A few Sacramento players applauded Ginobili's effort. He then ended the first period with a driving layup at the buzzer.

The Kings struggled throughout the second half - with their shot, handling the ball and containing Parker and Jefferson.

San Antonio increased its 16-point halftime lead to 21 after three periods.

Parker electrified in the third. He scored eight points and threaded a beautiful pass to Roger Mason Jr., who knocked down a 3-pointer.

Mason made two 3-pointers. Jefferson hit 2-of-3 three-point attempts on the night. The Spurs shot 50 percent (8 of 16) from behind the arc.

Theo Ratliff came off the bench to contribute 15 points, pull down five rebounds and block two shots.

The Kings only had two players score in double-figures - Martin and Hawes. Desmond Mason was Sacramento's third-leading scorer with seven points.

The Spurs began pulling away with 7:17 to play in the second period. DeJuan Blair stole an inbound pass and made a soft layin to ignite a 19-6 San Antonio run. Parker scored six points, had three assists, grabbed two rebounds and made a steal during the run.


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