Kings 96, Spurs 91

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SAN ANTONIO (AP)—San Antonio managed to stay close to Sacramento until Bobby Jackson’s big shot put the game away.

Jackson converted a 4-point play with 29.1 seconds left to help the Kings put down a late rally by the Spurs and win 96-91 Thursday night.

“It’s frustrating to play so hard, climb back … and then they hit a big shot,” San Antonio guard Manu Ginobili said. “We can be happy that we at least made them hit some great shots.”

Tim Duncan drove for a layup to bring the Spurs within six in the final minute, and then Ginobili picked off a pass by Mike Bibby and hit Malik Rose for a breakaway dunk to make it 91-87 with 46.8 seconds remaining.

On the next possession, the Kings ran the shot clock almost all the way down before Peja Stojakovic found Jackson in the left corner. Jackson hit a fall-away 3-pointer while being fouled by Bruce Bowen, and he made the free throw.

“It was a great read by Peja to get penetration and kick the ball to Bobby,” Kings coach Rick Adelman said. “I thought he could have done that about three or four times when he went to the basket.”

The Spurs, who trailed by as many as 12 points in the second half, used their defense to come back several times, and each time the Kings answered.

Earlier in the fourth, Ginobili made a 3-pointer to cut Sacramento’s lead to 78-76, but Jackson hit a 3-pointer on the next possession to start a 11-4 burst.

Jackson went 4-for-5 in the final period to finish with 18 points. He made all three of his 3-point attempts.

“Sometimes it’s going to go and some nights it’s not going to go,” said Jackson, who missed in a similar situation Monday night in a loss in Dallas. “You just have to continue to have confidence in yourself and just shoot the ball.”

Bibby added 17 points, while Vlade Divac had 11 points, nine rebounds and nine assists.

Both teams had the long-distance range. The Kings went 9-for-14 on 3-pointers, and the Spurs 7-for-11.

Duncan paced San Antonio with 35 points and 18 rebounds, while Tony Parker scored 19 points and Ginobili 12.

The Spurs made their first five shots while building a 16-5 lead, as the Kings missed eight of their first 10 attempts. But Sacramento scored 11 straight points over a three-minute span to tie the game at 16, and by the end of the first, the Kings led 27-22.

“We had a good start, but they made adjustments,” Rose said. “Those adjustments got them going and then they just outlasted us.”

Duncan made four quick baskets to pull the Spurs to 31-30 at 9:32 of the second period, but Sacramento’s reserves quickly got the lead to double digits.

Rookie forward Darius Songaila scored nine points on 4-for-4 shooting, as the reserves accounted for 19 of the Kings’ 25 points in the quarter.

In the half, Sacramento converted nine San Antonio turnovers into 13 points en route to a 52-42 lead at the break.

After their slow start, the Kings made 18 of their final 30 shots in the half.

The Spurs whittled Sacramento’s lead down to 58-55 midway through the third before Bibby made a pair of 3-pointers and a driving reverse layup to key aKings run that widened the difference to 73-61.

Notes

San Antonio had won the previous three meetings between the teams. This was their first meeting this season. … The loss ends the Spurs’ league-longest streak of 33 straight months with a winning record. They are now 7-9 in January with one game left in the month. … Sacramento is 3-2 on a six-game road trip that ends Saturday in Seattle. … The Kings’ benchoutscored the Spurs’ reserves 34-8.

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 Sacramento
V. Divac V. Divac
5-9,  11 Pts
9 Rebs, 9 Assists
 San Antonio
T. Duncan T. Duncan
17-27,  35 Pts
18 Rebs, 3 Assists

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