The Spurs fended off several second-half runs by the high-scoring Kings on their way to a 108-100 victory. The win was San Antonio’s 12th in the last 13 games.
Tony Parker matched his career high with 32 points, 19 of them coming in the opening quarter, to lead the Spurs.
“I was feeling it in the first quarter, and just took advantage,” said Parker, who was 6-of-7 in the first. “I felt hot.”
Parker’s shooting wasn’t the only part of his game that hurt the Kings.
“He shot well from the outside, but his runner and his penetration killed us,” Sacramento coach Rick Adelman said.
Tim Duncan added 18 points and 15 rebounds for San Antonio, but it was the play of the 20-year-old Parker that was the difference.
“Tony Parker came out ready to play,” said Sacramento guard Bobby Jackson, who scored 19 points off the bench. “He played like an All-Star. … He’s the future of their team.”
“This win gets us in the right mindset and focus for the late stretch of the season,” said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, whose team travels to Houston for a game Sunday before hosting Phoenix and New Jersey later in the week.
San Antonio led by as much as 17 points in the first half and had a 13-point lead, 84-71, after three quarters.
Webber scored 11 points in the final period, as the Kings twice trimmed San Antonio’s lead to as little as six.
A jump hook by Webber at 5:12 brought Sacramento to within seven, 91-84. San Antonio then went on a 9-2 run to get its lead back up to 14 with less than three minutes left.
“We had a few runs, but we couldn’t sustain anything,” Adelman said. “They’re a very good team defensively. … I was shocked we cut it to seven.”
Webber hit a 17-footer to open the game, giving the Kings their only lead.
San Antonio was up 10-8 when it went on a 12-3 run over a 3-minute span to lift its lead to double digits.
Parker then got going, scoring 11 of the Spurs’ final 13 points of the quarter to put his team up by as much as 14. At the other end, Jackson connected on three 3-pointers late in the period as Sacramento trimmed the deficit to eight.
Duncan went to the bench with his third foul early in the second quarter, but the Spurs built their lead to 17 with 3:31 left in the half behind Rose and Kevin Willis, who combined for 12 points on 6-for-9 shooting.
Webber scored 10 in the second for the Kings to finish the half with 17, but Sacramento’s other four starters together managed only 15 points in the firsttwo periods while missing 14 of their 19 shots.
San Antonio won three of its four games against Sacramento this season, including both at Arco Arena. … The Spurs have the league’s best record since Jan. 1 at 21-4. … Rose has averaged 14.3 points and 8.3 rebounds in the last six games. … The Kings are 14-8 on the road against Western Conference opponents this season. … Sacramento went 8-3 in February, giving the team awinning record in 19 consecutive months.