Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 12/8

Game 1: Sunday, December 8th
Game 2: Thursday, December 19th
Game 3: Sunday, February 16th
Game 4: Saturday, March 1st

Kings 104

(18-5, 7-5 away)

Spurs 80

(12-9, 9-3 home)

    Coverage: FSSW

    6:00 PM ET, December 8, 2002

    AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

    1 2 3 4 T
    SAC 23 27 29 25104
    SA 22 22 21 1580

    Top Performers

    Sac: C. Webber 23 Pts, 13 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Blk

    SA: T. Duncan 16 Pts, 13 Reb, 3 Ast, 4 Blk

    Kings have just three turnovers in beating Spurs

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- The San Antonio Spurs might have fared better against the Sacramento Kings on Sunday if they had a pair of Jacksons. And some steals. And their coach for all four quarters.

    Sacramento's Doug Christie chases down one of his eight steals.

    The Kings had all of these things, and they came away with a 104-80 victory over the Spurs in their first game at the SBC Center.

    The victory was the sixth in a row for Sacramento, which leads the Pacific Division with an 18-5 record.

    Jim Jackson came off the bench for 23 points and Bobby Jackson contributed 18 points for the Kings. Chris Webber also finished with 23 points by shooting 6-for-8 in the second half, and he grabbed 13 rebounds.

    Doug Christie tied the Kings' team record with eight steals while also scoring 16 points and dishing out nine assists.

    ''(Christie kept) getting in the passing lane and getting in their way,'' Bobby Jackson said. ''He set the defensive tempo for us early and we just built on it.''

    Christie said afterward that having so many injured teammates -- Sacramento had only eight players in uniform -- helped the Kings keep their focus.

    ''Sometimes when you got a lot of people, there's a tendency -- myself included -- to lay back,'' he said. ''When you don't have the people, you got to play hard.''

    Sacramento tied an NBA record by turning the ball over only three times -- two of them by Bobby Jackson and the other by Jim Jackson.

    San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich was ejected at halftime after picking up his second technical for arguing just after the buzzer. Assistant P.J. Carlesimo coached the team during the second half, during which a six-point Kings lead grew to more than 20 early in the fourth quarter.

    Sacramento blew the game open with a 12-2 run to open the third quarter.

    San Antonio center David Robinson said the team had talked about the Kings' six first-half steals, many of which turned into easy baskets. But Christie swiped the ball twice more in the first two minutes of the third.

    ''We were so determined to not let that happen again, and then it happened again,'' Robinson said.

    The Spurs answered with a 12-4 tear of their own to cut their deficit to 66-58, with about four minutes left in the third. But the Kings worked their lead back up to 14, 79-65, with an offensive burst led by Jim Jackson's three baskets.

    ''They created turnovers and shot the ball well,'' Popovich said. ''It was a combination of our defense not being up to par and the turnovers leading to easy buckets.''

    The Spurs did not get a single steal to offset their 21 turnovers, which led to 29 points for Sacramento. They became the 19th NBA team to go without a steal in a game.

    Tim Duncan paced San Antonio with 16 points, 10 of them coming in the first half, and 13 rebounds. Kevin Willis tied his season high with 14 points for the Spurs, and Stephen Jackson also contributed 14 and Malik Rose 10.

    San Antonio, led by three baskets and two free throws by Duncan, rushed out to a 14-8 lead in the opening minutes. The Kings then went on a 7-0 run to take their first lead on a 3-pointer by Bobby Jackson.

    The Spurs' last lead of the night came at 19-17 when Willis converted a three-point play with 1:52 left in the first, but Bobby Jackson erased that advantage with an 8-footer a few seconds later.

    A layup by Stephen Jackson early in the second period pulled San Antonio into its final tie at 27. The Spurs closed to a basket midway through the quarter before a 10-2 burst by Sacramento built its lead to 48-38.

    Jim Jackson scored 10 points in the second for the Kings.

    Duncan, guarded by Webber, missed a 19-footer with 1.3 seconds left and the ball rolled out of bounds as time expired in the half.

    Popovich and Carlesimo crossed the game floor to argue with referee Bob Delaney that Webber should have been called for a foul on that shot.

    The argument got increasingly animated before Delaney flashed the technical-foul sign and angrily pointed toward the San Antonio locker room. Popovich had been whistled for his first technical of the night earlier in the quarter.

    Popovich then rushed toward Delaney, but he was held back by Carlesimo and assistant coaches Mike Brown and Mike Budenholzer.

    Game notes

    The Spurs have lost five of their last six games to Sacramento. ... San Antonio's record this season against teams with winning records is 3-7. ... Sacramento's road record is now 7-5. ... San Antonio's next game is Wednesday against the Dallas Mavericks, sporting the NBA's best record at 18-2. It will be the first matchup between the rivals this season.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 104 80
    FGM-FGA 46-88 (.523) 32-74 (.432)
    3PM-3PA 4-10 (.400) 7-18 (.389)
    FTM-FTA 8-10 (.800) 9-14 (.643)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 4-36 8-42
    Assists 26 13
    Turnovers 3 21
    Steals 14 0
    Blocks 6 9
    Fast Break Points 13 3
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (2/0) 14 (3/0)

    Top Performers

    San Antonio
    Chris Webber Webber
    Points: 23
    Reb: 13
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1
    Tim Duncan Duncan
    Points: 16
    Reb: 13
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 4