Sacramento had its six-game winning streak emphatically snapped Sunday night with a 103-73 loss to San Antonio. The Kings finished with season lows in points, 3-pointers and assists in their worst defeat at home since a 40-point loss to Houston on Dec. 12, 1995.
It was Sacramento’s second-worst loss anywhere since coach Rick Adelman took over in 1999.
“They know how to take advantage of your weaknesses, especially on defense,” Kings forward Peja Stojakovic said. “It was a really bad loss, but the Spurs are a great team.”
Webber played just 13 minutes Sunday after landing awkwardly on his right ankle while taking a jump shot early in the second quarter. He sat out Sacramento’s 113-93 win over the New Jersey Nets on Tuesday, but said he hopes to return for the rematch with San Antonio.
Brad Miller thrived in Webber’s absence Tuesday by scoring a season-high 31 points and adding 12 rebounds as the Kings got back on track.
The two-time All-Star made all 11 shots he took during the final three quarters, finishing 14-for-18 while flawlessly filling Webber’s playmaking role atop the offense.
“They always say I’m probably the only person in the league that doesn’t want to shoot enough,” Miller said. “When Webb is out, I know I’ve got to be able to step up and change my role a little bit. I’m cool doing it every now and then.”
Stojakovic scored 25 points and Cuttino Mobley had 20 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds for the Kings, who had 32 assists and made a season-best 55 percent of their shots.
San Antonio is returning home after a 2-1 road trip that ended with a 107-99 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday. The Spurs have won 13 straight at the SBC Center and are an NBA-best 21-1 at home.
San Antonio had won four straight and six of seven before Monday’s loss.
The Spurs, who beat the Blazers by 34 points on Dec. 30, came out confused and flat early. Tim Duncan hit only three of his first nine shots, and Portland made 13 of its first 16 shots and scored 20 points in the paint in the first quarter to take a 30-20 lead.
”(The Blazers) came in here and played and played and played, got a lead and confidence and kept making shots,” Duncan said. “That was the situation we put ourselves in and we couldn’t get out of the hole.”
San Antonio has won two of three meetings with Sacramento this season and is 7-4 in the series since 2002-03.