Spurs hold off Kings’ late rally to stay perfect on road
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Pau Gasol had 24 points and nine rebounds to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 110-105 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night.
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 21 points and Kawhi Leonard added 20 for the Spurs, who won their fourth straight and improved to 6-0 on the road this season. Tony Parker had 14 points and seven rebounds.
DeMarcus Cousins had 26 points, 17 rebounds and six assists for the Kings, who dropped their third straight game. Matt Barnes had 15 points and Ben McLemore, Willie Cauley-Stein and Rudy Gay each added 11.
Guarded much of the game by Leonard, Gay shot just 3 for 11 after entering the game averaging 22.3 points.
The Spurs took the lead for good in the second quarter and led by as many as 18 points before going to the reserves late in the fourth quarter.
The Kings eventually cut the lead to four points on Cousins' two free throws with 8.7 seconds remaining. However, Davis Bertans made a free throw and the Kings missed two shots to end the game.
Sharing the basketball and frequently finding the open man for a good look, the Spurs had 29 assists and shot 49 percent.
Gasol, a crafty veteran center, scored nine points in the opening quarter and had 16 by halftime, helping the Spurs take a 57-46 lead at the break.
Spurs: Danny Green was back in the starting lineup despite a groin injury Monday against Miami. … Reserve center Dewayne Dedmon sprained his left knee and will also miss Friday's game.
Kings: Cousins picked up two fouls in the game's first two minutes. … Lawson came in shooting 4 for 25 the previous five games. He was 1 for 2 for three points against the Spurs. … The Kings had 17 turnovers that resulted in 16 Spurs points.
Spurs: At the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night.
Kings: Host the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night.