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March 1, 2013
In-game blog: Kings at Spurs

FINAL
Spurs 130, Kings 102

SAN ANTONIO - The Kings ended their five game road trip 1-4 after being beaten soundly by the Spurs Friday night at AT&T Center.

The Spurs used a balanced offense with eight players in scoring in double figures to pick apart the Kings.

The Spurs (46-14) tallied a season-high 41 assists with a career-high 15 coming from Manu Ginobili.

The Kings had 20 assists.

Marcus Thornton led the Kings (20-40) with 25 points. It was Thornton's third consecutive game with at least 20 points

The Spurs lost Tony Parker to a sprained left ankle in the third quarter. He finished with 13 points and seven assists.

DeJuan Blair led the Spurs with 16 points off the bench.

The Kings host the Charlotte Bobcats on Sunday.

THIRD QUARTER
Spurs 97, Kings 69

SAN ANTONIO - The Spurs are shooting 59.7 percent while the Kings are at 41.3 percent to go with 17 turnovers.

All five starters for San Antonio have scored in double figures, led by Danny Green with 15 points. Tim Duncan has 14 points and 11 rebounds.

The Spurs have 26 points off Kings turnovers. San Antonio's biggest concern is the health of guard Tony Parker. He had to be helped off the court after landing hard after making a lay up.

Isaiah Thomas has 18 points to lead the Kings.

HALFTIME
Spurs 63, Kings 49

SAN ANTONIO - The Kings have been sloppy with their ballhandling and have 13 turnovers in the first half.

The Spurs turned those mistakes into 22 points to lead by as many as 19 in the first half. And after tallying 30-plus assists in their previous two games, the Kings have only seven through two quarters.

Meanwhile San Antonio has 20 assists, is shooting 61.4 percent and already has three players that have scored in double figures, led by Danny Green with 13.

The Spurs have 38 points in the paint, too.

Isaiah Thomas leads the Kings with 10 points. Tyreke Evans has 7 points, including a 53-foot shot at the halftime buzzer.

DeMarcus Cousins has eight points and seven rebounds, but also has a team-high four turnovers.

FIRST QUARTER
Spurs 34, Kings 21

SAN ANTONIO - The Kings shot 8-of-19 and gave up 12 points off seven turnovers to fall behind big to the Spurs.

Less than five minutes into the game coach Keith Smart subbed out all five starters in favor of Toney Douglas, Marcus Thornton, James Johnson, Patrick Patterson, James Johnson and Chuck Hayes.

It didn't change the score much, but the energy appeared a lot better with the reserves in.

Johnson led the Kings with six points. Danny Green led the Spurs with 10 points.

*The Kings announced in a press release the team had waived guard Aaron Brooks. The team reached an agreement on a buyout with Brooks earlier in the day.



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