Beyond the Box Score: Gasol’s Triple Double Propels Spurs Past Kings

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NBA Final

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2

3

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F

San Antonio Spurs (23-11)

33

29

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108

Sacramento Kings (11-21)

33

16

27

23

99

 

Sacramento, Cali. –  Pau Gasol’s 14 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assist performance helped lead the Spurs, who suffered an 11-point setback to the Jazz on Thursday, to a nine-point victory against the Sacramento Kings after a 108-99 victory on Saturday evening inside the confines of the Golden 1 Center.

 OFFICIAL BOX SCORE

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THE BASICS 

·         Spread before tip-off: SA -6.0

·         Score: San Antonio Spurs 108, Utah Jazz 89

·         Records: Spurs (23-11)   |   Kings (11-21)

·         Date: Saturday, Dec. 23 | 9:00 p.m. CST tip-off

·         Location: Golden 1 Center | Sacramento, California

·         Attendance: 17,500

·         Series: San Antonio Spurs lead the all-time series 120-57 (116-55 regular season, 4-2 playoffs)

·         Referees: Ed Malloy, Jason Goldenberg, Rodney Mott

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 TURNING POINT:
After a tie ball game after one quarter of play, San Antonio pulled off a 10-3 run at the beginning of the 2nd quarter to separate themselves.  After the Kings missed their last five shots of the first half and failed to score in the last 2:09 of the half, the Spurs carried a double-digit lead into break that would result in a nine-point victory later.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE:

·         In the victory, the Spurs shot an even 50.0 percent (44-for-88) from the floor, compared to Sacramento’s 40-of-86 (46.5 percent) from the floor in the loss. 

·         San Antonio registered an 11-of-23 (47.8 percent) mark from three and went 9-of-11 (81.8 percent) from the charity stripe. The Kings, meanwhile, went 12-of-22 (54.5 percent) from beyond-the-arc and went 7-of-11 from the foul line (63.6 percent). 

·         San Antonio recorded 29 assists on 44 made baskets; the Kings registered 21 team assists.

·         Spurs produced more steals than Sacramento (3-2) and out-rebounded the Kings 44-42.

·         San Antonio shot higher than 81 percent for the second consecutive game.

INSIDE THE FLOW:

·         The 1st quarter saw five total ties and ironically enough, both teams ended the 1st knotted up at 33-all; Aldridge had 10 1st quarter points

·         The Spurs ignited a 10-3 run to break open the game; the Kings missed their final five shots of first half.

·         San Antonio made their last five shots of the 3rd quarter, including a 21-foot jumper and dunk by Aldridge.

·         The Spurs opened the 4th quarter on a 9-2 run; with seven of the nine points scored by Rudy Gay (3/4 FG, 1/1 3FG).

·         The Spurs held Sacramento to just 10 4th quarter points until the 3:32 mark.

·         The Kings ended the game on a 13-7 run but ultimately fell 108-99.


NOTABLES:

·         Aldridge, a five-time NBA All-Star, registered 29 points and 10 boards; he has reached double-figure scoring performances in every game he’s played in this season.

·         Gasol, 37 years young, became the oldest player to register a triple-double in the NBA.

·         Gasol became the second player this season to record a triple-double in just 30 minutes or less (R. Westbrook – OKC).

·         After missing Saturday’s game vs Sacramento, Leonard has been absent in 30 games this season.

·         San Antonio has limited its opponent to 100 points or fewer in its fifth consecutive game (4-1).

·         With the victory, the Spurs extend their winning streak over the Kings to 11 games.

·         Buddy Hield and Willie Cauley-Stein combined for 46 of the Kings’ 99 points.

·         San Antonio’s bench outscored the Kings’ bench 43-22 Saturday night.

  UP NEXT:

·         The Spurs finally return to San Antonio, Texas for its first game inside the AT&T Center in nearly a week with a showdown against Brooklyn.  The Spurs face the struggling Nets Tuesday, Dec. 26th, tip-off set for 7:30 pm CST.

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