5 things to watch: Spurs vs. Kings


Now that the 2013 NBA All-Star break is over, the San Antonio Spurs (42-12) will start the West coast segment of their annual Rodeo Road Trip with a visit tonight in Sacramento to face the Kings (19-35). This will be the second game between the Spurs and Kings this season.

The Spurs won the first game 97-86 in Sacramento. Tim Duncan led the Spurs with 23 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks while Kawhi Leonard scored 11 and grabbed 9 rebounds. Jason Thompson led Sacramento with 17 points and 6 rebounds.

The Spurs are coming off a narrow 96-95 win over the Cavaliers in Cleveland. Parker led the Spurs with 24 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds. Kawhi Leonard hit the game-winning three-pointer for the Spurs.

The Kings are coming off a 100-123 loss to the Mavericks. Tyreke Evans led the Kings with 23 points. Jason Thompson and DeMarcus Cousins each scored 17 points.

And as the Spurs look for their 10th win over the Kings (the Spurs' nine-game road win streak against the King is tied for the second-longest active run in the NBA) in Sacramento, here are five things to watch for during tonight's game:

• Spurs' Duncan has had a blocked shot in 30 consecutive games, which is the longest active streak in the NBA.

• The Kings are averaging 109.5 ppg in the last four games after averaging 83.3 ppg in the previous four games.

• The Kings are 4-31 when trailing after three quarters.

• The Kings are 15-4 leading at the half.

• Kings' Isaiah Thomas has made his last 35 free throw attempts.