Kings blow 28-point lead in road loss to Spurs 114-104 Sac drops their sixth straight loss

March 8, 2017

NBA, Sacramento Kings

Sacramento Kings center Kosta Koufos (41) tries to strip the ball from San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili (20) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, March 8, 2017, in San Antonio. The Spurs won 114-104. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

By: Eric He

The Kings were rolling, up 38-15 after one quarter, jumping out to a 28-point lead over a Spurs team that didn’t have Kawhi Leonard.

But the Spurs roared back, with Manu Ginobli’s 19 points leading the way. David Lee added 18 points and Patty Mills had 17, with the Spurs’ usual depth pitching in for an incredible win. The Spurs won 114-104 on Wednesday night.

San Antonio crept within 15 points at halftime and single digits late in the third. The Spurs trailed 86-82 heading into the fourth quarter and tied the game at 88-88 on a David Lee layup with 9:36 to play in the fourth. They took the lead and didn’t look back in a quarter in which they outscored the Kings 32-18.

“They just picked up their physicality,” Darren Collison told reporters. “They got us off our spots. It was hard for us to have the same continuity we had in the first half. You’ve got to give them credit, that’s what they’re known for.”

Tyreke Evans led the Kings with 26 points. Skal Labissiere added 15 points and Kosta Koufus had 12.


The Kings have now lost six straight games. They begin a three-game homestand on Friday against the Wizards.


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