Notebook: Spurs 97, Kings 86



Posted Nov 10, 2012 1:20 AM

By James Ham, for NBA.com

THE FACTS: In a spirited affair in Sacramento, the San Antonio Spurs pulled away from the Kings late for a 97-86 win.

Future Hall of Famer Tim Duncan led the way for the Spurs with a big 23-point, 12-rebound double-double performance, while Patty Mills tossed in 18 points off coach Gregg Popovich's bench.

Jason Thompson anchored the Kings frontline, finishing the game with 17 points and six rebounds. Marcus Thornton tried to keep the Kings in the game with 17 points off the bench, but it wasn't enough for the win, as the Kings shot just 35 percent from the field.

QUOTABLE: "I am typhoid Tim."

-- Spurs' Tim Duncan on being patient zero in the Spurs' virus epidemic

THE STAT: The Spurs bench outscored the Kings 47-24. Super-sub Manu Ginobili was mostly ineffective, but his fellow bench mates responded in a huge way.

TURNING POINT: This game was tight through most of the fourth quarter, but around the four-minute mark, the Spurs experience won out as they pulled away.

QUOTABLE II: "He just brought energy. He's an energy guy that can score with the best of the them."

-- Kings' Isaiah Thomas on the big night from Mills

HOT: With DeMarcus Cousins on the bench, Thompson went to work for the Kings. Coming in averaging just 8.2 points per game, the former Rider product scorched the Spurs for 17 points on 7-for-10 shooting.

NOT: After a strong first quarter, the Kings melted down in the second when they scored just 12 points on 6-for-24 (25 percent) shooting. The Spurs finished the first half with a 47-39 lead.

GOOD MOVE: With Tony Parker ailing, Popovich went to Mills and he responded with a huge 18 points on 8-for-9 shooting for the Spurs.

BAD MOVE: Keith Smart went to his bench in the second quarter and came up empty. After receiving the dreaded DNP-CD against Detroit on Wednesday, veterans Francisco Garcia and Travis Outlaw played a combined 15 minutes, yielding two points on 1-for-6 shooting.

NOTABLE: The Spurs played sick tonight. A stomach bug is moving its way through the team, costing the San Antonio the services of Stephen Jackson and slowing both Duncan and Parker.

UP NEXT: For the Spurs, Saturday @ Portland, Tuesday @ L.A. Lakers, Thursday vs. New York. For the Kings, Sunday @ L.A. Lakers, Tuesday vs. Portland, Friday vs. Atlanta.