SA
SAC

No Text

Spurs bounce back behind Aldridge, beat Kings 108-99

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) San Antonio point guard Tony Parker didn't hesitate when he sped around Sacramento center Kosta Koufos for an easy basket in the fourth quarter. Manu Ginobili did pretty much the same thing in the third with a pair of uncontested layups.

And then there was 37-year-old center Pau Gasol, who had his first triple-double in two years.

These Spurs may have a few more gray hairs than before, but they remain a force in the West.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 29 points and 10 rebounds, and San Antonio bounced back from a disappointing loss to beat the slumping Kings 108-99 on Saturday night.

''I think we're getting younger,'' Ginobili joked. ''Of course I'm getting older, and Tony and Pau maybe. Tony's been good since he's been back and Pau played a terrific game. We try to blend in with the young guys.''

Gasol had 14 points, 11 rebounds and a season-high 10 assists for San Antonio, which won without star forward Kawhi Leonard. It was the 10th career triple-double for the 7-footer, who was questionable with a groin injury but wound up getting extended minutes because Sacramento had two big men on the court most of the night.

Three days earlier Gasol put up 20 points and 17 rebounds against Portland before sitting out against Utah on Thursday.

''It's always nice when teams stay big because it helps us to stay big as well,'' Gasol said. ''(Coach Gregg Popovich) doesn't have to make that call to go small or stay big. Normally we go the other route. It's nice. It's refreshing, even, to see teams play with two bigs.''

Parker had 10 points and six assists, and Ginobili scored 15 as the Spurs extended their winning streak over the Kings to 11 games.

Aldridge did most of his scoring in the first half, but San Antonio didn't pull away until the third quarter when the five-time All-Star had eight points. Ginobili added six points in the period, including a pair of uncontested layups.

Former Kings player Rudy Gay scored seven of the Spurs' first nine points in the fourth quarter when San Antonio went up by 14.

''Every team wants to get to the point where no matter who is healthy, who is not, you come out and play your best,'' Popovich said. ''We've done that quite often and tonight is another good example of that.''

Buddy Hield had 24 points to pace Sacramento. Willie Cauley-Stein added 22 points and 11 rebounds, and Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 15 for the Kings, who were coming off back-to-back road wins over Brooklyn and Philadelphia.

It was a much-needed lift for the Spurs, who had a fourth-quarter meltdown while losing to Utah 100-89 on Thursday.

Aldridge spent much of the night going against Zach Randolph, his former teammate in Portland. The two big men traded buckets early before Aldridge made a short jumper to begin a 16-6 run just before halftime that put the Spurs up by 13 at the break.

Sacramento scored eight straight points to open the third, but the Kings had no answer for Aldridge's fadeaway and turnaround jumpers. Ginobili also took advantage of Sacramento's sluggish defense when he easily drove through the lane past multiple defenders.

''They just took us to school,'' Kings coach Dave Joerger said. ''They were not feeling us. We were kind of chasing a team that has been doing it for a long time.''

RUDY'S RETURN

Gay had seven points on 3-of-8 shooting with four rebounds in his first game against his former team. Gay spent the past 3 1/2 seasons in Sacramento but declined the Kings' attempt to re-sign him in the offseason.

TIP-INS

Spurs: San Antonio made nine 3-pointers in the first half but only two after that. ... Leonard was held out after playing nearly 21 minutes against Utah on Thursday, part of the team's plan to ease him back from a quadriceps injury. Danny Green (groin tightness) also sat out.

Kings: Sacramento's usually reliable bench was outscored 43-22. ... De'Aaron Fox missed his second consecutive game with a partially torn right quadriceps. He will be re-evaluated in early January. ... Sacramento last beat San Antonio on Nov. 15, 2014.

UP NEXT

Spurs: Return to San Antonio to host Brooklyn on Tuesday.

Kings: Travel to Los Angeles to play the Clippers on Tuesday.

---

For more NBA coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketball

Copyright 2017 by AP. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of AP is strictly prohibited.

Key Players
L. Aldridge
12 PF
Z. Randolph
50 PF
26.0 Min. Per Game 26.0
15.9 Pts. Per Game 15.9
2.2 Ast. Per Game 2.2
7.0 Reb. Per Game 7.0
49.7 Field Goal % 52.3
49.4 Three Point % 52.4
85.4 Free Throw % 77.6
+ 2 Willie Cauley-Stein made alley-oop shot, assist by Bogdan Bogdanovic 0:19
+ 2 LaMarcus Aldridge made layup 0:35
  Offensive rebound by LaMarcus Aldridge 0:35
  Dejounte Murray missed layup 0:36
+ 3 Garrett Temple made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by George Hill 0:49
  Defensive rebound by Zach Randolph 0:59
  LaMarcus Aldridge missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:03
  Defensive rebound by Pau Gasol 1:13
  Willie Cauley-Stein missed floating jump shot 1:16
  Personal foul on LaMarcus Aldridge 1:25
  Team rebound 1:25
Team Stats
Points 108 99
Field Goals 44-88 (50.0%) 40-86 (46.5%)
3-Pointers 11-23 (47.8%) 12-22 (54.5%)
Free Throws 9-11 (81.8%) 7-11 (63.6%)
Total Rebounds 49 47
Offensive 7 9
Defensive 37 33
Team 5 5
Assists 29 21
Steals 3 2
Blocks 1 2
Turnovers 8 10
Fouls 11 17
Technicals 0 1
14 PTS, 11 REB, 10 AST
22 PTS, 11 REB, 3 AST
1234T
away team logo Spurs 23-11 33292224108
home team logo Kings 11-21 3316272399
Team Stats
away team logo Spurs 23-11 96.8 PPG 37.6 RPG 19.0 APG
home team logo Kings 11-21 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
L. Aldridge PF 23.1 PPG 8.5 RPG 2.0 APG 51.0 FG%
B. Hield SG 13.5 PPG 3.8 RPG 1.9 APG 44.6 FG%
Top Scorers
L. Aldridge PF 29 PTS 10 REB 2 AST
B. Hield SG 24 PTS 8 REB 1 AST
50.0 FG% 46.5
47.8 3PT FG% 54.5
81.8 FT% 63.6
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. Aldridge 38 29 10 2 0 0 2 2 13/22 2/3 1/1 4 6 41 +4
P. Gasol 30 14 11 10 0 0 1 4 5/8 2/3 2/3 0 11 44 +1
T. Parker 23 10 0 6 0 0 1 0 5/11 0/0 0/0 0 0 21 +4
K. Anderson 26 6 5 2 0 0 1 1 1/4 0/0 4/4 1 4 14 +3
B. Forbes 26 6 2 1 1 0 0 1 2/7 2/4 0/0 1 1 11 -3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. Aldridge 38 29 10 2 0 0 2 2 13/22 2/3 1/1 4 6 41 +4
P. Gasol 30 14 11 10 0 0 1 4 5/8 2/3 2/3 0 11 44 +1
T. Parker 23 10 0 6 0 0 1 0 5/11 0/0 0/0 0 0 21 +4
K. Anderson 26 6 5 2 0 0 1 1 1/4 0/0 4/4 1 4 14 +3
B. Forbes 26 6 2 1 1 0 0 1 2/7 2/4 0/0 1 1 11 -3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Ginobili 21 15 3 1 2 0 1 0 6/10 2/6 1/1 0 3 21 +6
D. Murray 24 13 7 6 0 1 0 0 6/11 0/0 1/2 1 6 33 +5
P. Mills 21 8 0 0 0 0 1 2 3/4 2/3 0/0 0 0 7 +12
R. Gay 16 7 4 1 0 0 1 0 3/8 1/2 0/0 0 4 12 +6
D. Bertans 9 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0/3 0/2 0/0 0 2 2 +7
D. Green - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Leonard - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Lauvergne - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Hilliard - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Paul - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Costello - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. White - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 108 44 29 3 1 8 11 44/88 11/23 9/11 7 37 206 +45
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Hield 31 24 8 1 0 1 0 2 9/17 4/7 2/2 1 7 35 -9
W. Cauley-Stein 31 22 11 3 0 0 1 3 10/18 0/0 2/3 3 8 38 +1
Z. Randolph 31 13 6 4 0 0 3 3 6/13 1/3 0/0 1 5 24 +3
G. Temple 31 11 6 4 1 0 1 1 4/11 3/6 0/0 1 5 25 -2
G. Hill 34 7 2 6 0 1 3 1 3/6 1/2 0/0 0 2 19 +3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Hield 31 24 8 1 0 1 0 2 9/17 4/7 2/2 1 7 35 -9
W. Cauley-Stein 31 22 11 3 0 0 1 3 10/18 0/0 2/3 3 8 38 +1
Z. Randolph 31 13 6 4 0 0 3 3 6/13 1/3 0/0 1 5 24 +3
G. Temple 31 11 6 4 1 0 1 1 4/11 3/6 0/0 1 5 25 -2
G. Hill 34 7 2 6 0 1 3 1 3/6 1/2 0/0 0 2 19 +3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Bogdanovic 28 15 1 1 0 0 1 4 6/6 3/3 0/0 0 1 17 -8
K. Koufos 18 4 4 1 0 0 0 0 2/6 0/0 0/2 2 2 10 -11
F. Mason III 16 3 3 1 1 0 0 0 0/6 0/0 3/4 1 2 9 -11
M. Richardson 9 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 0 -1 -6
J. Jackson 8 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 1 1 -5
V. Carter - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Cooley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Sampson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Labissiere - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Papagiannis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Fox - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Giles - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 237 99 42 21 2 2 10 17 40/86 12/22 7/11 9 33 177 -45