Kings hold on to end 14-game losing streak to Spurs

ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 13, 2018 01:31 PM
Kings hold on to end 14-game losing streak to Spurs
Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein, center, stuffs as San Antonio Spurs' LaMarcus Aldridge (12) ands Bryn Forbes, (11) look on during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

By Michael Wagaman, Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Iman Shumpert made a tiebreaking jumper with 4:05 remaining, De'Aaron Fox and Nemanja Bjelica followed with 3-pointers and the Sacramento Kings pulled away to beat San Antonio 104-99 on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time), ending a 14-game losing streak to the Spurs.

Fox finished with 19 points and seven assists. Willie Cauley-Stein had 13 points and 13 rebounds, and Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 22 points for the Kings.

Sacramento led the entire third quarter but didn't shake San Antonio until late in the fourth.

DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge made back-to-back long jumpers to tie the score at 90-all with 5:11 remaining. The Spurs went cold after that and made three baskets down the stretch, all of them three-pointers.

Shumpert broke the tie with his 16-foot jumper. After Fox made his third three-pointer and Bjelica made another beyond the arc, Cauley-Stein scored on a soaring alley-oop dunk to cap the 10-0 run and brought the Golden1 Center crowd to its feet.

It was Sacramento's first win over San Antonio since Nov. 15, 2014.

Aldridge had 14 points and 18 rebounds. DeRozan scored 23 points with eight assists, and Rudy Gay added 14 points and nine rebounds in his return to the Spurs lineup.

Bogdanovic had 11 points off the bench in the first half while Fox hit a pair of 3-pointers to help give the Kings a 56-55 lead at the break after San Antonio made a late run.

Sacramento took advantage of the Spurs' cold shooting in the third to take control. San Antonio made more free throws (eight) than it did baskets (six) in the quarter.


Spurs: Pau Gasol (left foot soreness) missed his third consecutive game. . Gay, who spent three-plus seasons with the Kings before signing with San Antonio last year, missed the three previous games because of right heel soreness.

Kings: Two nights after having only nine assists in a loss to the Lakers, Sacramento dished out 27 against San Antonio. . The Kings had a 45-32 advantage in bench points. . Kosta Koufos (right calf) did not play.


Spurs: Play at Phoenix on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time).

Kings: Play at Memphis on Friday (Saturday, PHL time).

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