SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Manu Ginobili scored 20 points, Kawhi Leonard had 19 and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Sacramento Kings 117-112 on Wednesday night for their sixth straight victory.
Tim Duncan added 18 points and eight rebounds for San Antonio, Gary Neal scored 13 points, and Tony Parker had 10 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds. Playing their fifth game in six nights, the Spurs shot 54 percent and outrebounded the Kings en route to their ninth victory in 10 games.
Isaiah Thomas scored a career-high 28 points and had 10 assists for Sacramento, DeMarcus Cousins had 25 points and 11 rebounds, Marcus Thornton added 18 points and Jason Thompson had 15. The Kings have lost four straight.
Ginobili connected on a 3-pointer and came back quickly with a three-point play to put the Spurs in front 113-103 with 37 seconds left to play.
Sharing the ball and running their offense precisely, the Spurs managed to maintain the lead throughout the fourth quarter. Stephen Jackson made a fast-break layup off a pass from Parker, and Neal followed with a baseline drive for a basket, giving San Antonio a 103-96 at the 3:47 mark.
Since starting the season losing eight of 10 on the road, the Spurs have been difficult to beat away from home. The victory was their 13th in 15 games and their seventh consecutive victory overall in Sacramento. San Antonio has defeated the Kings in 13 of 14 games.
Neal made a 3-pointer and followed with consecutive baskets early in the fourth quarter, and Leonard's corner 3 put San Antonio ahead 93-86 with just under 9 minutes remaining.
The Spurs shot 70 percent (13 of 20) in the third quarter, yet were still outscored 29-28 by the Kings. Duncan had eight points in the third to help the Spurs take an 81-78 lead.
Thornton helped keep the Kings close by scoring 11 points.
Notes: Kings reserve John Salmons missed the game because of a sore right hip. ... Signed on Tuesday and playing in his second game with the San Antonio, Patty Mills made his first basket as a Spur, hitting a 3-pointer in the second quarter when he scored seven points. ... Thornton was hit in the head during a wild scramble for the ball in the closing seconds of the third quarter. He was tested for a concussion and was back on the court midway through the fourth quarter.