San Antonio Spurs (23-11)
Sacramento Kings (11-21)
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.
· 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
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.
· 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.
· 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.