Kings Squander Early Advantage in San Antonio

A strong start netted Sacramento a double-digit lead, but the Spurs rallied to emerge victorious, 118-102.
by Shahbaz Khan
Managing Editor, Digital

In a near-identical start to their last meeting, crisp offensive execution earned the Kings a substantial first-quarter lead. Garrett Temple and Buddy Hield scored the team’s first 12 points, building Sactown a 14-2 advantage in the opening five minutes of play. An immediate response by San Antonio allowed the Spurs to quickly climb back into the contest, closing the gap to six headed into the ensuing frame.

Tony Parker’s 12-point second quarter set the tone for what would be a scoring showcase by the Spurs. In the second frame alone, San Antonio totaled 37 points. Despite being outshot by Sacramento, the Southwest Division leaders forced five turnovers, attempted 16 free throws and outrebounded the purple and black by five in the opening half.

A one-time double figure deficit became a nine-point lead headed into the intermission, with San Antonio pulling away for the remainder of the game.

Shooting 54 percent and tallying 60 points in the final 24 minutes, San Antonio built a comfortable margin and led by as many as 28. Despite the efforts of Hield and Willie Cauley-Stein, who combined for 36, San Antonio completed their sweep of Sacramento.

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