SAN ANTONIO (NBA.com exclusive) -- Tyreke Evans has only been in this league for three regular season games, and he's already been forced to click onto the tutorial showing what point guards like Chris Paul and Tony Parker can do.
One night after Paul scored 31 points against Evans and his Sacramento teammates in New Orleans, Parker raced up and down the floor for 24 points in 26 minutes during the San Antonio Spurs' 113-94 victory over the Kings on Saturday at AT&T Center.
"I knew it was going to be nothing easy playing against Tony and Chris," said Evans, the fourth-overall pick in this year's draft. "[Parker] is fast. Once he gets out on that pick and roll, he gains momentum. And then we were so worried about [Tim] Duncan that it was an easy layup every time [for Parker]."
It also helped the Spurs (2-1) that Richard Jefferson found his stroke. After starting the season 4-of-16 through two the first two games, he hit his first shot of the night, a 3-pointer about a minute in. He was 7-of-8 for 21 points by game's end, and the Spurs shot more than 50 percent from the floor -- 58 percent this time -- for the second time in three games.
"I thought that tonight he was much more aggressive and more decisive about what he did on the offensive end," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said.
But on a Halloween night when Manu Ginobili swatted a flying bat out of the air after the critter had been coursing just above the floor and delaying play for more than two minutes, the night belonged to Parker. He ignited the Spurs to a 14-9 advantage in fastbreak points and a 52-40 lead in points in the paint.
For Evans, this isn't Conference USA anymore.
Kings' coach Paul Westphal, at least, is understanding.
"We're not the only team that couldn't keep Tony Parker out of the paint," he said. "Every time I looked up he was in our paint, no matter who was on him."
Evans, who limped off the court with a tender ankle in the fourth quarter but is expected to play for the Kings (0-3) Monday in the home-opener against Memphis, scored six against San Antonio. It's his lowest after a game of 10 points against Oklahoma City and 22 against New Orleans.
The trouble staying with Parker started quite early for Sacramento. Working mostly on Evans until he picked up his second foul less than five minutes into the game, Parker hit his first three shots from the floor and both of his free throws to give the Spurs a 17-10 lead through the first four and a half minutes of the game.
San Antonio still led by seven after Parker, who saw 21-year-old Omri Casspi guarding him within the game's first 10 minutes, finished the first quarter hitting 4 of 5 and had 10 points. Casspi, the 23rd overall pick this year, played with Maccabi Tel Aviv last season.
"He just destroyed us in the first quarter," Casspi said. "Everything was layups and layups and layups."
It wasn't just Parker. Most of the Spurs' backcourt rotation led the team's hot shooting. Between Parker, Ginobili (3-of-5), George Hill (2-2) and Roger Mason (1-1), the Spurs guards were 10 of 13 heading into the second quarter.
Still, even though the Spurs were shooting 60 percent from the floor, they were ahead only 42-37 when the Kings missed a 3-point try with 6:44 remaining in the half. Sacramento was shooting 46 percent.
The only answer for the Spurs was to keep at it, especially with the penetrations by Parker and Ginoboli.
After the Kings cut it to a four-point game with 5:15 left in the first half on Andres Nocioni's 16-footer, Parker fired off a pass to Duncan for a dunk on a pick-and-roll that caught Casspi out of position. The next trip down the floor Parker wore out Casspi when he went backdoor and received a long bounce pass from Ginobili for another easy basket.
Apparently mindful of the cuts inside, Sacramento defenders couldn't get out to the 3-point line. Set up by passes from Parker, Matt Bonner and Jefferson both hit 3-pointers from the left corner. It came near the end of a 16-2 run for the Spurs over 3:35.
At that point San Antonio was shooting almost 65 percent and by halftime led 61-45.