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    DeRozan takes over as Spurs roll past Kings to stay in playoff race

    Aug 1, 2020
    DeMar DeRozan and Keldon Johnson celebrate after defeating the Kings.
    PHOTO: AP

    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — DeMar DeRozan scored 17 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter to help the San Antonio Spurs pull away and beat the Sacramento Kings 129-120 on Friday night (Saturday, Manila time).

    DeRozan shot 10 of 13 and had 10 assists for the Spurs, who shot 53.3 percent from the field.

    Derrick White matched a career high with 26 points in San Antonio’s first game of the restart. The Spurs needed to find offense because LaMarcus Aldridge, the team’s No. 2 scorer, had shoulder surgery in April and will not play in the restart.

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    Before the game, coach Gregg Popovich and assistant Becky Hammon stood for the national anthem while the remainder of the coaches and players for both teams knelt.

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      De’Aaron Fox scored a career-high 39 points and Bogdan Bogdanovic added 24 for the Kings, who are trying to break a 13-year playoff drought.

      The teams flipped positions in the standings, with the Spurs moving a half-game ahead of the Kings. Both are in the cluster chasing the Memphis Grizzlies for the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference.

      The Kings led 65-64 at halftime behind 20 points from Fox. The Kings shot 57 percent before the break. White scored 15 points in the first half.

      San Antonio led 114-112 before DeRozan scored 10 points in the final 2:23 to help put the game out of reach.

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      Kings: Announced Friday that Harrison Barnes and his wife Brittany are donating more than $200,000 to nonprofits that were created by the families of victims of police brutality and gun violence. ... Were assessed a technical foul for delay of game in the third quarter.

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      Spurs: White took five charges. ... Rudy Gay scored 19 points and Lonnie Walker added 16. ... The Spurs got assists on 32 of their 48 baskets.

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      Kings: Play the Orlando Magic on Sunday.

      Spurs: Play the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday.
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      DeMar DeRozan and Keldon Johnson celebrate after defeating the Kings.
      PHOTO: AP
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