In a game that had early indications of a blowout, the scrappy Sacramento Kings clung to life, far longer than they had any reasonable expectation to, before ultimately losing the San Antonio Spurs 108-101. The Kings lost the first quarter 23-13, but played the Spurs even through the rest of the game. The Kings closed the gap several times, but the Spurs were able to step up and respond each time.
The Kings kept the score close, but were generally outplayed throughout most of the game. The Kings kept things close largely thanks to a big night from beyond the arc, making 11 of 20 three-point attempts, including 4-7 by Marcus Thornton, 3-4 from Toney Douglas, 2-2 by Tyreke Evans, and 2-3 from Jimmer Fredette.
DeMarcus Cousins got off to a rough start, but finished with a solid line of 19 points, 12 rebounds, two blocks, an assist and a steal. Cousins did pick up a technical foul, his 15th of the season. One more and he'll earn an automatic suspension. The tech did come on a seemingly quick whistle. We'll see if the league rescinds it, or lets it stand based on Cousins' history. Jason Thompson finished with 18 points and six rebounds. Isaiah Thomas had a rough night, finishing with just six points on 3-10 shooting and zero free throw attempts.
Ultimately, the Spurs are just a far better team. Seven Spurs, including all five starters, finished with double-digit scoring. Tony Parker led the way with 22 points and 10 assists. Tiago Splitter finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Tim Duncan added 18 points, six rebounds and five blocks.
The Kings now travel to Houston where they'll play the Rockets on Sunday.
For the opponent's perspective, check out SB Nation's excellent Spurs blog, Pounding The Rock.