Duncan-less Spurs dominated Kings, won 5th straight
Playing their third game in three nights, and with Tim Duncan given the night off, the San Antonio Spurs appeared to be in for a tough battle against a well rested Sacramento Kings team who are coming off a 104-103 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday.
During the first half, the Spurs barely get by the Kings, leading 29-28 after one quarter, and 58-57 at halftime.
However, San Antonio's bench stepped in once again, as they used a strong third quarter, outscoring Sacramento 39-29, to blow the game wide open.
Tiago Splitter and Gary Neal scored 17 points each, leading the Spurs to a 127-102 victory over the Kings on Wednesday night for their fifth straight win.
Using their reserves extensively all game, the Spurs beat the Kings in Sacramento for the eighth straight time and remained a half-game in front of Oklahoma City for the top seed in the Western Conference.
San Antonio, won decisively without Duncan, who was given the night off to rest. The Spurs were coming off two 21-point victories at Golden State and the Lakers the previous two days.
Isaiah Thomas had 21 points and eight assists, Marcus Thornton scored 20 points and DeMarcus Cousins added 18 points and nine rebounds for the Kings, who have dropped eight of their last nine games.
The Spurs used a balance offensive attack to defeat the Kings.
Seven Spurs players scored in double figures, including, Tony Parker who had 15 points, eight assists and five rebounds in 25 minutes, Manu Ginobili, Kawhi Leonard, and Stephen Jackson added 13 points each, and Danny Green chipped 11 points.
DeJuan Blair and Patty Mills had nine points apiece, while Boris Diaw scored eight points for San Antonio.
The Spurs' bench scored 71 points for the night.
San Antonio will return to action on Friday night, when they host the Los Angeles Lakers at the AT&T Center.
(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)