Kings hold on to end 14-game losing streak to Spurs
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Iman Shumpert made a tiebreaking jumper with 4:05 remaining, De’Aaron Fox and Nemanja Bjelica followed with 3-pointers and the Sacramento Kings pulled away to beat San Antonio 104-99 on Monday night, ending a 14-game losing streak to the Spurs.
Sacramento led the entire third quarter but didn’t shake San Antonio until late in the fourth.
DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge made back-to-back long jumpers to tie the score at 90-all with 5:11 remaining. The Spurs went cold after that and made three baskets down the stretch, all of them 3-pointers.
Shumpert broke the tie with his 16-foot jumper. After Fox made his third 3-pointer and Bjelica made another beyond the arc, Cauley-Stein scored on a soaring alley-oop dunk to cap the 10-0 run and brought the Golden1 Center crowd to its feet.
It was Sacramento’s first win over San Antonio since Nov. 15, 2014.
Aldridge had 14 points and 18 rebounds. DeRozan scored 23 points with eight assists, and Rudy Gay added 14 points and nine rebounds in his return to the Spurs lineup.
Bogdanovic had 11 points off the bench in the first half while Fox hit a pair of 3-pointers to help give the Kings a 56-55 lead at the break after San Antonio made a late run.
Sacramento took advantage of the Spurs’ cold shooting in the third to take control. San Antonio made more free throws (eight) than it did baskets (six) in the quarter.
Spurs: Pau Gasol (left foot soreness) missed his third consecutive game. . Gay, who spent three-plus seasons with the Kings before signing with San Antonio last year, missed the three previous games because of right heel soreness.
Kings: Two nights after having only nine assists in a loss to the Lakers, Sacramento dished out 27 against San Antonio. . The Kings had a 45-32 advantage in bench points. . Kosta Koufos (right calf) did not play.
Spurs: Play at Phoenix on Wednesday.
Kings: Play at Memphis on Friday.
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