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Instant Replay: Kings start strong, can't slow down Spurs

Instant Replay: Kings start strong, can't slow down Spurs

BOX SCORE

The Sacramento Kings hadn’t won in San Antonio since January of 2012, a span of eight games coming into Sunday’s matchup. While they jumped out to an early lead, the Spurs had no trouble reeling the Kings in and making it nine straight at the AT&T Center. 

Tony Parker put in a vintage performance in the 118-102 victory for San Antonio. Playing in his 16th NBA season, the 34-year-old guard managed to post 16 points on 8-for-10 shooting and chipped in seven assists in just 20 minutes of action. 

Big man LaMarcus Aldridge, who rested the last time these two teams met, scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds. 

Pau Gasol added 22 points and nine rebounds off Gregg Popovich’s bench. David Lee added 11 points and All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard finished the night with 12 points, but shot just 3-for-12 from the field as the Spurs won their 53rd win of the season..  

Rookie Buddy Hield shook off back-to-back sub-par performances to post solid numbers. The 23-year-old broke down the Spurs defense to hit runners in the lane, finishing the night with 18 points on 8-of-14 shooting and added five rebounds and five assists.  

Garrett Temple got hot from the perimeter, knocking down 3-for-3 from long range on his way to 15 points and four assists. 

Willie Cauley-Stein finished with 18 points, five assists and four rebounds. Skal Labissiere chipped in 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting and hit the glass for seven rebounds and Georgios Papagiannis grabbed 10 rebounds and scored six points in 24 minutes of action. 

STANDOUT PERFORMER

Parker isn’t the same player that helped lead the Spurs to four championships over his storied career, but he can still get to the rim with the best of them.  

TURNING POINT

It was a competitive game early, but the Spurs outscored the Kings by 15 in the second quarter and 16 in the third to run away with the victory.

INJURY UPDATE 

Ben McLemore and Arron Afflalo both missed the game to to personal issues. Tyreke Evans missed his second straight game with a sore left ankle. Rookie Malachi Richardson is out another week or two with a right hamstring thickness tear. Rudy Gay is out for the year with a torn left Achilles. 

WHAT'S NEXT 

The Kings travel back to Sacramento following the game where they will face the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday before heading back out on the road to face the Warriors Friday.

Kings waive big man Deyonta Davis months after Garrett Temple trade

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USATSI

Kings waive big man Deyonta Davis months after Garrett Temple trade

Deyonta Davis, we hardly knew you.

The Sacramento Kings announced a roster move Saturday afternoon, waiving big man Deyonta Davis before he could even make an appearance in purple and black.

Davis, 21, joined the Kings along with Ben McLemore as part of the deal that sent veteran Garrett Temple to the Memphis Grizzlies on July 17. With plenty of power forwards and centers already on the roster, Sacramento chose to open a roster spot and waive the 6-foot-11 big out of Michigan State. 

In his two seasons with the Grizzlies, Davis posted 4.3 points and 3.2 rebounds in 12.1 minutes over 98 total games. Barring another team claiming Davis, the Kings are on the hook for his $1.5 million salary this season. 

Kings' Bogdan Bogdanovic re-injures left knee, needs another procedure

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Kings' Bogdan Bogdanovic re-injures left knee, needs another procedure

SACRAMENTO -- After a week of speculation, the verdict on Kings shooting guard Bogdan Bogdanovic’s knee is in.

For the second time this offseason, the Serbian is heading for a procedure on his left knee after an MRI revealed a minor injury. The timetable for his return is unknown at this time.

Bogdanovic re-injured his knee Monday while playing for the Serbian national team in World Cup qualifying. He felt discomfort in the knee during the first quarter against Estonia and left the game early. Once Bogdanovic was back in Sacramento, the Kings medical staff evaluated the 26-year-old wing this week and determined that action was needed.

According to the Kings, Monday’s procedure will be performed by Dr. Riley Williams in New York, and Bogdanovic is expected to make a full recovery. The team will send an update when more is known.

Bogdanovic averaged 11.8 points, 3.3 assists and 2.9 rebounds in 27.9 minutes per game for Sacramento in his rookie NBA season.