by Tony Renteria
AP photo: DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings tries to get off a shot but is snuffed by the San Antonio Spurs Pau Gasol in the first half of Wednesday night’s contest at Golden 1 Arena
SACRAMENTO–The Sacramento Kings (4-7) played host the Spurs of San Antonio (8-3) on a wonderful fall night here in the capital city but the night was the only thing wonderful as the Kings fell to a better Spurs squad 110-105.
The Kings had been off for five days and looked to retool and revamp the rotation as head coach Dave Joerger has had eleven games to to see his team perform. The Kings did the start the season by playing more games than anyone else int he league before this long break. The Spurs had come off a home win against the Miami Heat on Tuesday night.
Sacramento looked to improve on the consistency of the team flow that has been lacking by coming out strong against the visiting Spurs. They lacked the the play of All Star forward DeMarcus Cousins who committed two quick fouls and only played six minutes in the opening quarter as the Kings fell quickly behind 27-22.
The Kings tried to battle back in the second quarter but the quick passing and long range shooting of the Spurs quieted every run the the Kings seem to make. Pau Gasol seems a perfect fit to the Spurs well oiled roster as he netted 16 first half points, as the Spurs raced to a 57-46 half time lead.
The the third quarter was just an extension of the result of the second quarter as the superlative passing and outstanding outside shooting extend the lead to 84-71.
The Spurs used this recipe for success as the pulled away early int he fourth to a 14 point lead, as the Kings looked lost on both offense and defense. The Kings seemed to fade as the fourth quarter continued as they were already thinking about Fridays game against the Clippers. The kings made a mad dash run at the end of the game to make the score look so much closer than how the game actually went.
The Kings were lead by Cousins who scored 26 points to go along with 17 rebounds. The Spurs were lead by Gasol who finished with 24 points and nine rebounds.
The Spurs head to Los Angles to play the Lakers on Friday as the Kings host the other Los Angeles team, the Clippers on the same night.