Kings cough up big second half lead, end homestand with loss to Spurs
SECOND HALF SLUMP
SACRAMENTO -- Against the San Antonio Spurs, you have to play a full 48 minutes. The Sacramento Kings learned that the hard way Monday night at Golden 1 Center.
Despite leading for much of the game, Sacramento couldn’t get stops late and Spurs took advantage. Playing their fifth game in seven nights, San Antonio found a way to come away with 107-100 win.
Five Kings players scored in double figures, including big contributions from Willie Cauley-Stein, Garrett Temple, De’Aaron Fox and Bogdan Bogdanovic.
LaMarcus Aldridge burned the Kings for a 31-point, 12-rebound double-double and Davis Bertans chipped in 28 off the bench for the Spurs.
STANDOUT PERFORMER I
Davis Bertans can play. LaMarcus Aldridge put up the big double-double for San Antonio, while the Latvian sharpshooter went crazy off the Spurs bench. The 25-year-old stretch four scored 28 points on 11-of-15 shooting, including six makes from behind the arc.
STANDOUT PERFORMER II
Willie Cauley-Stein is coming on strong. The 7-foot center dropped a team-high 22 points and added nine rebounds against the Spurs frontline. He still needs some work on his perimeter defense, but he’s become indispensable for Dave Joerger either as a starter or off the bench.
STANDOUT PERFORMER III
Bogdan Bogdanovic and Garrett Temple saved the day. Bogdanovic loves playing the Spurs, coming up with his second stellar performance against San Antonio this season. Playing big minutes as a reserve, the rookie wing scored 16 points and grabbed six rebounds. Temple kept the Kings afloat for stents in the third and fourth quarter, hitting one big shot after another against his former team.
San Antonio finished the game on a 17-5 run to come away with the win. Bertans hit big shots and Aldridge dominated down the stretch to make it 12 straight against Sacramento.
Zach Randolph returned after missing Saturday’s game due to oral surgery. George Hill is away from the team (personal). Frank Mason III is out with a right heel contusion. Harry Giles is out due to bilateral knee rehab and the team has yet to update his status moving forward.
Following the game against San Antonio, the Kings hopped a plane for Los Angeles where they’ll play the Lakers Tuesday on the second night of a back-to-back. They return to Golden 1 Center Thursday to play the Clippers before flying back to LA Saturday for a second straight game against Doc Rivers’ club.