Notebook: Spurs 108, Kings 102



Posted Feb 20, 2013 1:49 AM

By James Ham, For NBA.com

THE FACTS: The Sacramento Kings gave the NBA's best team a run for their money before falling 108-102 to the mighty San Antonio Spurs Tuesday night at Sleep Train Arena.

Tony Parker notched game-high's in points with 30 points and assists with 11. Danny Green had an extremely efficient 21 points on 8-for-11 shooting and Manu Ginobili finished with 12 points and seven rebounds on the night for the Spurs (43-12).

Isaiah Thomas led the Kings (19-36) with 22 point on 6-for-10 from the field and 8-for-8 from the foul line. Tyreke Evans added 20 points and five rebounds, while DeMarcus Cousins scored 11 points, grabbed six rebounds and handed out four assists in the loss.

QUOTABLE: "I can see a whale sighting. I can't tell you how close to shore, but I can see it."

-- Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson on how close he is to announcing equity investors willing to match Seattle's offer to purchase the Kings

THE STAT: The Spurs outshot the Kings 46.7 percent to 37.8 percent, but it wasn't until late in the fourth that they eventually put the home team away.

TURNING POINT: Down 85-81 with just under nine minutes remaining in the fourth, the Kings went cold and the Spurs used a 7-0 run to pull away. The Kings kept it close down the stretch, but never recovered from the lapse.

QUOTABLE II: "He's a great point guard, a great player and he leads that team. They're a great team and I love the way San Antonio plays."

-- Sacramento's Isaiah Thomas

HOT: Fresh off an 18-point,10-assist performance in the Rising Stars Challenge at All-Star Weekend, Thomas came out on fire, scoring 14 points on 4-for-6 shooting in the first half.

NOT: The Sacramento Kings shot 18.2 percent in the first quarter on 4-for-22 shooting and somehow only trailed by nine at 28-19.

GOOD MOVE: Coach Greg Popovich went to Boris Diaw to start the second half and the veteran forward really opened up the spacing for the Spurs on the offensive end.

BAD MOVE: John Salmons is mired in an extended slump and he extended that tonight, finishing with just six points on 2-for-6 shooting in 28 minutes.

NOTABLE: Thomas went 8-for-8 from the free-throw line, extending his made free throw streak to 43. The Spurs have won four straight and 15 of their last 16 games, overall.

UP NEXT: For the Spurs, Thursday @ Clippers, Friday @ Clippers, Sunday @ Phoenix. For the Kings, Thursday @ Atlanta, Saturday @ New Orleans, Monday @ Miami.