Undermanned Spurs prove strong enough to overcome 28-point deficit and stun reeling Kings
Manu Ginobili had 19 points to lead the Spurs. AP

THE San Antonio Spurs found plenty of firepower even without top guns Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge to overcome a 28-point deficit and rally past the Sacramento Kings, 114-104, at the AT&T Center on Wednesday (Thursday, Manila time)

Trailing 59-31 with over four minutes left in the second quarter, the Spurs began storming back with a strong 17-4 finish in the first half to cut the gap to 15 at the break. Then David Lee got going in a 16-8 blitz to start the third before Pau Gasol tied the game at 82 in the closing seconds of the period to cap another 18-6 San Antonio rally.

The Spurs finally took the lead, 95-92, with 6:26 to play after a Patty Mills triple capped a 13-6 start in the fourth, and a pair of treys by Danny Green sparked a 13-5 surge to put away the Kings for good.

Manu Ginobili led the Spurs (50-13), who rested Leonard and Aldridge, to their ninth straight win with 19 points, while Lee had a double-double of 18 markers and 10 rebounds. Mills also had a double-double off the bench with 17 points and 10 assists. Ginobili, Mills, and Green, who had 14 points, combined for 11 of the team’s 14 threes.

San Antonio notched a league record 18 straight 50-win seasons.

Tyreke Evans had a season-high 26 points for Sacramento (25-39), losers of six in a row. Rookie Skal Labissiere also added 15 markers.

 

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