"This win gets us in the right mindset and focus for the late stretch of the season,'' said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, whose team travels to Houston for a game Sunday before hosting Phoenix and New Jersey later in the week.
Chris Webber scored 36 points on 17-for-26 shooting for the
Kings, whose five-game winning streak was stopped. Peja Stojakovic
added 20 points, 13 of them in the second half.
San Antonio led by as much as 17 points in the first half and
had a 13-point lead, 84-71, after three quarters.
Webber scored 11 points in the final period, as the Kings twice
trimmed San Antonio's lead to as little as six.
A jump hook by Webber at 5:12 brought Sacramento to within
seven, 91-84. San Antonio then went on a 9-2 run to get its lead
back up to 14 with less than three minutes left.
"We had a few runs, but we couldn't sustain anything,'' Adelman said. "They're a very good team defensively. ... I was shocked we cut it to seven.''
The Kings made one more charge to get as close as 106-100 on Jim Jackson's layup with 8.5 seconds left. Steve Kerr capped the scoring with a pair of free throws.
Webber hit a 17-footer to open the game, giving the Kings their
San Antonio was up 10-8 when it went on a 12-3 run over a
3-minute span to lift its lead to double digits.
Parker then got going, scoring 11 of the Spurs' final 13 points
of the quarter to put his team up by as much as 14. At the other
end, Jackson connected on three 3-pointers late in the period as
Sacramento trimmed the deficit to eight.
Duncan went to the bench with his third foul early in the second
quarter, but the Spurs built their lead to 17 with 3:31 left in the
half behind Rose and Kevin Willis, who combined for 12 points on
Webber scored 10 in the second for the Kings to finish the half with 17, but Sacramento's other four starters together managed only 15 points in the first two periods while missing 14 of their 19 shots.
San Antonio won three of its four games against Sacramento
this season, including both at Arco Arena. ... The Spurs have the
league's best record since Jan. 1 at 21-4. ... Rose has averaged
14.3 points and 8.3 rebounds in the last six games. ... The Kings
are 14-8 on the road against Western Conference opponents this
season. ... Sacramento went 8-3 in February, giving the team a
winning record in 19 consecutive months.