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Aldridge, Bertans lead Spurs to comeback win over Kings

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Out of sync for most of the first three quarters, the San Antonio Spurs got a big lift from LaMarcus Aldridge down the stretch and an even bigger boost off the bench from Davis Bertans.

With star forward Kawhi Leonard sidelined indefinitely by a left shoulder tear, it was the perfect combination to keep San Antonio's three-year winning streak against Sacramento going.

Aldridge had 31 points and 12 rebounds, Bertans scored a career-high 28 and the Spurs came back from 13 down in the second half to beat the Kings 107-100 on Monday night.

''Guys (were) just being more active,'' Aldridge said. ''In the first half we made a bunch of mistakes and in the second half we cleaned it up. Guys competed, played smarter and we ended up getting a win.''

Aldridge provided his normal spark while dominating down low. He scored 21 points in the second half, including six over the final two minutes.

Bertans was just as crisp. The 25-year-old Latvian shot 11 of 15 and made a career-high six 3-pointers while teaming with Aldridge to lead the comeback.

''He's a wonderful shooter but he also understands how to play,'' Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. ''He really spreads the court for us. He was a big factor tonight.''

Patty Mills added 14 points and five assists, and Bryn Forbes scored 12 to help the Spurs to their 12th consecutive win over the Kings.

But it wasn't easy.

One night after losing to Portland 111-110, San Antonio was outplayed and outhustled in the first half and was still down 95-90 with four minutes remaining.

Kyle Anderson made one of two free throws and Bertans hit back-to-back 3s to put the Spurs up 97-95. After Willie Cauley-Stein's free throw, Aldridge tipped in Mills' miss and then converted a three-point play as San Antonio closed on a 10-3 run.

Mills punctuated the win with a steal at midcourt that led to an uncontested layup. That left the Sacramento crowd stunned and silent after the Kings had led by as many as 14.

''Once you get out there you forget about tired legs,'' Bertans said. ''Coming off that loss in Portland it was very important to just keep pounding the rock until the end.''

Cauley-Stein had 22 points and nine rebounds for the Kings. De'Aaron Fox added 11 points and 10 assists, and Bogdan Bogdanovic and Garrett Temple scored 16 apiece.

The Spurs have not lost to the Kings since Nov. 15, 2014, and have won seven straight in Sacramento.

The Kings have dropped six of eight overall.

''It's a tough one to swallow,'' Fox said. ''It was just a few turnovers and then defensively we couldn't get a stop (late).''

Both teams traded buckets early before Sacramento built a double-digit lead before halftime.

Zach Randolph, who sat out Sunday's win over Denver because of oral surgery, made a 3-pointer to start an 11-2 run. Fox made a layup and Buddy Hield followed with a 3 after Aldridge turned the ball over in the backcourt.

Bogdanovich hit his second 3 of the second quarter to put the Kings up by 14 before the Spurs closed to 56-46 at halftime.

''Guys were playing hard but we were making fatigue mistakes, throwing the ball out of bounds, throwing it to the other team,'' Aldridge said.

Aldridge scored 11 of San Antonio's first 13 points in the third quarter, but it was Bertans who kept the Spurs close with his career night. He had two 3s in the third and two in the fourth to fuel the comeback.

''That's what we need from him,'' Aldridge said. ''When he shoots with confidence and he plays with a determination, he's a big-time player. When he's indecisive and he's trying to overthink it, that's when he's not as good as he can be. Today he played with confidence and took the shots that he had.''

TIP-INS

Spurs: Manu Ginobili was given the night off after scoring a season-high 26 points in the loss to Portland on Sunday. ... Danny Green (groin tightness) missed his fourth consecutive game.

Kings: Cauley-Stein had 10 points and five rebounds in the first quarter. ... George Hill missed his second straight game for personal reasons.

UP NEXT

Spurs: At the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday.

Kings: At the Lakers on Tuesday.

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Key Players
L. Aldridge
12 PF
Z. Randolph
50 PF
25.6 Min. Per Game 25.6
15.4 Pts. Per Game 15.4
2.2 Ast. Per Game 2.2
6.9 Reb. Per Game 6.9
49.6 Field Goal % 50.2
49.0 Three Point % 50.6
83.3 Free Throw % 77.3
+ 2 Willie Cauley-Stein made reverse layup, assist by Bogdan Bogdanovic 0:13
+ 2 Patty Mills made layup 0:20
  Lost ball turnover on De'Aaron Fox, stolen by Patty Mills 0:22
+ 2 Kyle Anderson made jump shot 0:28
  Defensive rebound by Kyle Anderson 0:45
  Garrett Temple missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:50
  Defensive rebound by Garrett Temple 0:56
  Bryn Forbes missed jump shot 1:03
  Out of bounds turnover on De'Aaron Fox 1:16
+ 1 LaMarcus Aldridge made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:22
  Team rebound 1:22
Team Stats
Points 107 100
Field Goals 44-90 (48.9%) 40-82 (48.8%)
3-Pointers 11-26 (42.3%) 8-23 (34.8%)
Free Throws 8-13 (61.5%) 12-16 (75.0%)
Total Rebounds 44 53
Offensive 8 8
Defensive 29 37
Team 7 8
Assists 23 19
Steals 11 6
Blocks 4 1
Turnovers 10 18
Fouls 12 14
Technicals 0 0
31 PTS, 12 REB, 1 AST
11 PTS, 4 REB, 10 AST
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away team logo Spurs 28-14 21252734107
home team logo Kings 13-26 25312024100
Team Stats
away team logo Spurs 28-14 96.8 PPG 37.6 RPG 19.0 APG
home team logo Kings 13-26 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
L. Aldridge PF 23.1 PPG 8.5 RPG 2.0 APG 51.0 FG%
W. Cauley-Stein C 12.8 PPG 7.0 RPG 2.4 APG 50.2 FG%
Top Scorers
L. Aldridge PF 31 PTS 12 REB 1 AST
W. Cauley-Stein C 22 PTS 9 REB 0 AST
48.9 FG% 48.8
42.3 3PT FG% 34.8
61.5 FT% 75.0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. Aldridge 36 31 12 1 0 1 1 2 13/20 0/2 5/6 4 8 45 -2
B. Forbes 29 12 1 1 1 0 0 1 5/13 2/5 0/0 0 1 16 +8
T. Parker 23 7 0 1 1 0 2 0 3/9 0/1 1/2 0 0 8 -5
K. Anderson 28 3 7 2 5 0 2 2 1/3 0/1 1/2 0 7 17 +8
P. Gasol 24 2 9 2 1 0 0 2 1/8 0/1 0/0 3 6 16 +5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. Aldridge 36 31 12 1 0 1 1 2 13/20 0/2 5/6 4 8 45 -2
B. Forbes 29 12 1 1 1 0 0 1 5/13 2/5 0/0 0 1 16 +8
T. Parker 23 7 0 1 1 0 2 0 3/9 0/1 1/2 0 0 8 -5
K. Anderson 28 3 7 2 5 0 2 2 1/3 0/1 1/2 0 7 17 +8
P. Gasol 24 2 9 2 1 0 0 2 1/8 0/1 0/0 3 6 16 +5
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Bertans 31 28 0 3 0 2 0 1 11/15 6/9 0/1 0 0 36 +12
P. Mills 27 14 0 5 1 0 1 2 6/13 2/6 0/0 0 0 24 +15
D. Murray 18 7 6 6 2 1 3 0 3/6 0/0 1/2 1 5 25 -2
B. Paul 11 3 1 1 0 0 1 1 1/2 1/1 0/0 0 1 5 -2
M. Costello 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -1
D. White 6 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 3 -1
R. Gay - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Ginobili - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Green - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Leonard - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Lauvergne - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Hilliard - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 237 107 37 23 11 4 10 12 44/90 11/26 8/13 8 29 195 +35
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
W. Cauley-Stein 30 22 9 0 0 0 3 2 8/12 0/0 6/8 2 7 28 -11
D. Fox 30 11 4 10 0 0 4 0 5/9 1/3 0/0 1 3 31 -13
B. Hield 28 10 3 1 1 0 3 0 4/12 2/8 0/0 0 3 13 +9
Z. Randolph 24 9 7 0 1 0 2 4 4/12 1/3 0/0 1 6 15 -6
M. Richardson 11 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0/2 0/1 1/2 0 0 2 +4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
W. Cauley-Stein 30 22 9 0 0 0 3 2 8/12 0/0 6/8 2 7 28 -11
D. Fox 30 11 4 10 0 0 4 0 5/9 1/3 0/0 1 3 31 -13
B. Hield 28 10 3 1 1 0 3 0 4/12 2/8 0/0 0 3 13 +9
Z. Randolph 24 9 7 0 1 0 2 4 4/12 1/3 0/0 1 6 15 -6
M. Richardson 11 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0/2 0/1 1/2 0 0 2 +4
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Temple 29 16 6 0 0 0 2 0 7/13 2/4 0/0 0 6 20 -15
B. Bogdanovic 33 16 5 5 0 0 1 2 6/10 2/2 2/2 0 5 30 -7
K. Koufos 19 8 2 0 1 1 1 5 3/5 0/0 2/2 1 1 11 +4
S. Labissiere 21 6 8 2 1 0 1 1 3/4 0/0 0/0 3 5 18 -1
V. Carter 10 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 0/3 0/2 1/2 0 1 4 +1
G. Hill - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Mason III - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Cooley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Sampson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Papagiannis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Jackson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Giles - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 100 45 19 6 1 18 14 40/82 8/23 12/16 8 37 172 -35