Bibby Scores 31 Points, Kings Defeat Spurs
Sacramento 97, San Antonio 87
SAN ANTONIO, April 5 (Ticker) -- Mike Bibby didn't want any part of a sweep at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs.
Bibby had 31 points and eight assists as the Sacramento Kings cruised to a 97-87 triumph over the San Antonio Spurs.
"I've been saying this all season - if we help each other on both ends of the court and move the ball around, share the ball on offense, we'll give anybody a tough game," Bibby said. "In Dallas last night (Tuesday), we didn't do that. Tonight we did. If we play like we did tonight, I see us going far in the playoffs, if we play like last night; no way."
"This was a great win," Kings coach Rick Adelman said. "We played solid the whole way through. Tonight was a great effort. We beat the best team in the West at their place. If we keep playing at this level we are going to put ourselves in a great position for the playoffs."
In beating the the Spurs for the first time in three tries this season, the Kings built an 81-65 lead after three quarters. The Spurs pulled within 83-73 with 9:07 remaining on Tony Parker's layup. But the Kings answered with a 7-0 surge, capped by Bibby's 3-pointer.
"I tried to play aggressive tonight and get my teammates involved," Bibby said. "We played well on both ends of the court tonight."
Bibby grabbed seven rebounds and made 10-of-11 free throws. Parker scored 16 points and Nazr Mohammed added 12 and nine rebounds and Tim Duncan had just 11 and six for San Antonio (58-17), which holds a two-game lead over Dallas in the Southwest Division.
"I thought Sacramento played great tonight," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "They did a wonderful job defensively and offensively on us tonight."