Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/19

Game 1: Sunday, November 19th
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Kings99
Game 2: Saturday, December 2nd
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Game 3: Thursday, March 8th
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Game 4: Wednesday, April 11th
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Kings 98

(8-7, 2-5 away)

Spurs 100

(12-5, 5-3 home)

    Coverage: NBATV

    7:00 PM ET, December 2, 2006

    AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

    1 2 3 4 T
    SAC 26 19 26 2798
    SA 26 27 27 20100

    Top Performers

    Sac: K. Martin 30 Pts, 4 Reb, 1 Ast, 3 Stl

    SA: B. Bowen 23 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Spurs use long-range barrage to top Kings, snap skid

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- The San Antonio Spurs were happy to come away with a victory.

    Bruce Bowen scored a season-high 23 points and San Antonio held off a surge by the Sacramento Kings Saturday night to eke out a 100-98 victory.

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    San Antonio Spurs
    Bruce Bowen led the Spurs with 23 points in their 100-98 win over the Kings. Bowen has scored 20 or more points in just seven of his 488 career starts (1.4 percent). The only active player who has scored 20 in a lower percentage of his starts (minimum 400 GS) is Ben Wallace (3 of 599, 0.5 percent). Who's the player who has scored 20 in the highest percentage of his starts? Shaquille O'Neal (81.8 percent).

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    But with a nearly 10-point lead both at the half and at the end of the third period, the Spurs faced a difficult fourth quarter when they were outscored by the Kings 27-20.

    "I'm glad we won the game," said Tim Duncan. "To give up almost 25 points a quarter and almost 100 in the game is not what we want to do."

    Tony Parker, who scored 18 of his 20 points in the first half, echoed Duncan's assessment.

    "It was an ugly win and we'll take it," said Parker, who also had five of his team's 18 turnovers. "But we definitely need to go back (and) do some more practice and try to play better."

    Bowen hit six 3-pointers as the Spurs went 11-of-22 from behind the arc. Duncan added 18 points and 11 boards.

    "It's about doing whatever you can to get victories," said a decidedly humble Bowen. "When the ball is moving for us we get guys open shots and that's what we want."

    Kevin Martin led the Kings with 30 points and John Salmons added a season-high 20.

    "I couldn't be prouder of the effort they put forth tonight," said Kings coach Eric Musselman. "I feel bad for them, because they played well enough to win against a great team."

    It wasn't, in fact, enough, but all five of the Kings' starters scored in the double digits, with Shareef Abdur-Rahim and Mike Bibby each adding 11 and Kenny Thomas contributing 10.

    "The coaching staff was real proud of us the way we came out and fought," said Martin, who went 11-of-12 from the foul line. "We knew they were going to come out and give it all they had because they came in losing three out of the last four."

    The Kings entered the fourth quarter down 80-71, but were in the middle of what would be a 20-6 run.

    Sacramento continued whittling down the Spurs lead by keeping them scoreless for the first 3:31 of the fourth while adding eight points of their own to get within one.

    A pair of 3-pointers, one each from Robert Horry and Bowen, plus four free throws from Duncan kept Sacramento at bay until a fast-break dunk by Martin tied the game at 90. The Kings then took the lead off a jump shot from Brad Miller.

    Duncan saved a near turnover and passed to Bowen, who got a good look to sink a 3-pointer. Duncan followed with four more points to put the Spurs ahead 97-92.

    Manu Ginobili missed his fourth straight game with a bruised back. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich thinks his star guard will be back for their next game.

    The Kings' Ron Artest also was out Saturday with a sore lower back.

    Michael Finley, who started in Ginobili's place, went just 2-of-8 from the field and had five points. Eric Williams, who hasn't scored yet this season, added eight off the bench.

    Leading 53-45 at the half, the Spurs increased their lead to 16 near the midway point of the third off a dunk from Duncan and a 3-pointer from Bowen plus three free throws when he was fouled while shooting another.

    Game notes


    The Spurs are now 9-1 this season when scoring at least 100 points. ... The Kings and Spurs met last month in Sacramento, where the Spurs won 108-99. ... Saturday's game was the second of a back-to-back on the road for the Kings, who lost to Dallas 109-90 Friday night.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    SAC
    SA
    Points 98 100
    FGM-FGA 39-79 (.494) 35-74 (.473)
    3PM-3PA 2-12 (.167) 11-22 (.500)
    FTM-FTA 18-24 (.750) 19-31 (.613)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 7-40 10-39
    Assists 19 22
    Turnovers 15 18
    Steals 11 9
    Blocks 4 5
    Fast Break Points 19 12
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (0/0) 20 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 7 17

    Top Performers

    Sacramento
    San Antonio
    Kevin Martin Martin
    Points: 30
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0
    Bruce Bowen Bowen
    Points: 23
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1