• One big run was all it took for the Kings to unravel against the Spurs on Sunday as they fell 113-98. San Antonio closed the third quarter on a 15-5 run and fended off a couple attempted comebacks from Sacramento in the fourth quarter.

    The Kings led 50-49 at the half against the wildy Spurs but the fluid offense of Gregg Popovich’s team proved to be too much to overcome for the Kings. Combine the experience of Popovich and the Spurs with the early exit of Kings’ head coach Dave Joerger due to lightheadedness and it was a recipe for disaster.

    In the first half, Justin Jackson and Vince Carter combined for 25 points as the former Tar Heels helped the Kings to a lead through 24 minutes.

    Jackson’s performance was not only offensive, though, as he played tough defense in the opening half. Carter added some solid minutes for the Kings and was able to knock down open baskets when given the opportunity.

    The Kings played solid team defense in the half, especially the second quarter when they limited the Spurs to just 20 points.

    In the second half, the Kings and Spurs exchanged leads to open the third period and with 5:23 left to play in the quarter, the teams were tied to each other at 64 a piece. However, the Spurs took advantage of some missed chances by Sacramento and turnovers from the Kings as well to stretch their lead to 79-69 heading into the fourth.

    Although the Kings weren’t able to hang with San Antonio in the third, De’Aaron Fox kept the game from getting incredibly out of hand as he knocked down three 3-pointers in the period. Fox finished the game with a career-high 26 points and finished the night going 6-of-6 from beyond the arc. With Fox’s ability to finish at the rim never being an issue, his ability to knock down the long range ball would be a devastating weapon against opponents.

    Fox was able to show everyone watching just how incredibly gifted he is as he stormed past what seemed like the entire Spurs’ roster in the final seconds of the first half to get to the bucket. He was fouled and knocked down both of the free throws to give the Kings their lead.

    In the fourth, the Spurs were able to keep the Kings an arm’s length away and countered every made basket the Kings had with one of their own.

    The last time the teams faced off it was Davis Bertans exploiting the Kings’ defense, but on this night it was Bryn Forbes having his way with Sacramento. Forbes finished the night with 23 points on 9-of-15 shooting and connected on five 3-pointers.

    NOTES

    • The Kings were without a handful of players as Skal Labissiere, Willie Cauley-Stein, Frank Mason, Malachi Richardson and Garrett Temple all sat out of the game.
    • The lack of size was evident as the Spurs out-rebounded the Kings 52-to-34. San Antonio finished with more than twice as many offensive boards as the Kings as well (SAC 6, SA 13).
    • The Kings lack of depth was an issue on the night as only two of the four reserves for the team scored. Carter finished with 21 on the night and George Hill added 19 of his own. Buddy Hield and Jakarr Sampson combined for 28 minutes of action and went a combined 0-for-6.
    • Sacramento ended with 21 assists and just nine turnovers, adding 18 3-pointers. The Spurs, however, shot 50 percent from the field and had an incredible assist-to-turnover ratio of 33-to-7 which helped them secure the victory.
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