SACRAMENTO, Calif., Jan. 23 (Ticker) --
The San Antonio Spurs must
be pretty darn good to make the Sacramento Kings look this bad.
had 23 points and 13 rebounds as the Spurs saddled
the Kings with a handful of lowlights in a 107-73 rout, their
fourth straight win.
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The Spurs usually save their best basketball for the second half
of the season but are rolling now. Despite playing without
starting center Rasho Nesterovic
and savvy veteran forward
, they showed no letdown from Friday's emotional
overtime win at Phoenix and improved the NBA's best record to
"We're on a great stretch right now," Duncan said. "We want to
finish up this road trip with three wins, knowing that February
is going to be a lot of road play. We're trying to establish
ourselves as a great road team and this is a great way to do
The Kings got the message, loud and clear.
"You all saw it. They handled us every which way," Kings coach
Rick Adelman said.
"The Spurs are a great team," added Kings forward Peja Stojakovic
, who was held to eight points and is averaging just
11 in three meetings with the Spurs. "They controlled the game.
It was one of those nights."
San Antonio wasted no time avenging an 86-81 loss here earlier
this month. On perhaps the toughest home court in the league,
they trailed for 19 seconds and led by double digits for the
last 42-plus minutes.
A jumper by Bruce Bowen
gave the Spurs their first double-digit
lead at 20-10 with 4:46 left in the first quarter. Bibby made a
jumper before San Antonio scored eight straight points in 82
seconds, capped by a Brent Barry
3-pointer that gave San Antonio
a 28-12 lead with 3:22 left in the period.
"We came out of the gates playing well," said Duncan, who was
6-of-6 for 12 points in the first quarter. "We contested every
shot they took and offensively we got some shots to go early on.
I'm starting to get a little rhythm back."
The Spurs also did it with defense, holding the Kings to a
season low in points. They also totally disrupted the offense
of the NBA's best passing team as the Kings managed just eight
assists - their lowest total since moving here 20 years ago.
As the Spurs poured it on, the frustration came out of the Kings
late in the third quarter. Manu Ginobili
made a remarkably
acrobatic reverse layup while being clobbered by Sacramento's
. Kings guard Mike Bibby
was whistled for a
technical foul, and Ginobili made both free throws for an 82-54
The Kings lost by more than 20 points at home for the first time
since March 2, 1998, a 116-95 loss to the Spurs. The 30-point
setback was the second-worst for Adelman since he arrived in
Sacramento in 1999.
Former King Tony Massenburg
started for Nesterovic and had
season highs of 16 points and eight rebounds. He was one of
eight players with at least eight points for the Spurs, who
improved to 13-8 on the road.
"I'm not sitting here gloating in victory," said Massenburg, who
was unceremoniously left off Sacramento's playoff roster last
season. "It meant a little more because I've been made out to
be a jerk since I left here. I've got people booing me and I
don't think they even know why. It's what they read. I'm not a
bad guy and never have been."
had 13 points and eight assists for San Antonio,
which shot 48 percent (42-of-88) from the field, committed just
eight turnovers and held Sacramento to 37.5 percent (27-of-72) -
totals that were skewed by an entire fourth quarter of garbage
"We didn't make shots that last game (vs. Sacramento)," Parker
said. "This game we made shots and didn't turn over the ball
On the other hand, the Kings turned the ball over 17 times,
including seven in their disastrous first quarter.
Bibby scored 13 points for the Kings, who played the entire
second half without star forward Chris Webber
. He left after
turning his right ankle early in the second quarter, returned
shortly thereafter but did not take the court after halftime.
His status is day-to-day.
A basket by Miller opened the second half and pulled the Kings
within a dozen points before Duncan scored six in another 8-0
spurt that made it 58-38 with 9:13 to go in the third quarter.