Spurs Hold Off Kings for Fourth Straight Win
San Antonio 96, Sacramento 93
SACRAMENTO, Calif., Nov. 21 (Ticker) -- Despite impressive outings from Tony Parker and Tim Duncan, a victory for the San Antonio Spurs was not a sure thing.
Parker scored 23 points and Duncan added 22 with a season-high 19 rebounds to lead the San Antonio Spurs to their fourth consecutive victory, a 96-93 triumph over the Sacramento Kings.
After trailing by 17 points early in the fourth, Sacramento gradually cut the margin and got within 94-90 when Mike Bibby hit a 3-pointer from the right side with 1:20 remaining.
Duncan gave the Spurs a little breathing space when he followed Manu Ginobili's missed layup with a basket for a 96-90 edge with 33 seconds left.
Bibby, who finished a season-high 33 points, took Brad Miller's pass and buried another 3-pointer with 27 seconds remaining, reducing the deficit to 96-93.
With seven seconds to go, Bibby controlled a jump ball, raced into the forecourt and missed an off-balance straightaway 3-pointer before Duncan grabbed the final rebound as time ran out.
Ginobili scored 12 points and Bruce Bowen and Rasho Nesterovic added 10 apiece for the Spurs, who are off to a 9-2 start.
Bonzi Wells scored 18 points and rookie Francisco Garcia added 12 in his first start for the Kings, who lost for the fifth time in six meetings against the Spurs.
Three-time All-Star Peja Stojakovic did not play because of a sprained finger on his right hand.