Kings control first three quarters, blow game vs Spurs
KINGS LET ONE SLIP AWAY
The San Antonio Spurs learned what most of the teams in the NBA have learned this season - the Sacramento Kings play hard. With everything to play for, the Spurs looked stunned early, but they recovered late to beat the Kings by a final of 98-85.
Rudy Gay put on a show against his former team, scoring a team-high 18 points. With the win, the Spurs clinched their 21st consecutive playoff appearance.
Willie Cauley-Stein, De’Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield all posted big numbers for Sacramento, but it wasn’t enough to avoid their 14th straight loss to the Spurs.
STANDOUT PERFORMER I
Quick like a Fox. The Kings rookie point guard is one of the fastest players in the NBA, but he’s struggled to find ways to effective use his gift. Against the Spurs he looked like a hummingbird, darting in and out of traffic all night long. Fox finished the game with 21 points on 7-for-16 shooting and chipped in seven assists. If this is the player that comes back next season, the Kings have something special.
STANDOUT PERFORMER II
Cauley-Stein came to play on both ends of the court. He’s struggled with consistency throughout the season, but he gave maximum effort for - minutes against the Spurs. Cauley-Stein’s 25-point, 10-rebound double-double was his first since Feb. 27
STANDOUT PERFORMER III
Jack Cooley is somewhere between a Mack truck and a brick wall. His statline doesn’t jump off the page, but the entire Spurs team is sitting in an ice tub somewhere wonder what just hit them.
The Kings led big through the first half, but the Spurs never went away. San Antonio hung around long enough to make it a game and then dropped the hammer on the Kings late.
Garrett Temple, Skal Labissiere and Frank Mason all miss the game due to injury. Zach Randolph and Kosta Koufos sat out as healthy scratches. Iman Shumpert has yet to suit up for Sacramento due to knee rehab and plantar fasciitis and Harry Giles (knee rehab) is out for the season.