SAN ANTONIO – Tyreke Evans had 23 points and 11 rebounds, including the go-ahead jumper with 47.2 seconds left to give the Sacramento Kings a surprising 88-86 road victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night.
Marcus Thornton and DeMarcus Cousins added 17 points apiece for the Kings, who won on the road for only the second time and did so in the NBA's toughest place to play this season. The Spurs had been 9-0 at home.
Sacramento had been abysmal away from home, getting blown out by an average of 23 points in its seven road losses. But the Kings, who have already endured a tumultuous season, savored this one when it was over.
Evans paced around the court with both his arms raised. His teammates lingered long on the floor with wide smiles and high-fives as the stunned Spurs walked to their locker room.
San Antonio started 9-0 at home for the third time in franchise history. Now only Chicago (6-0) remains unbeaten at home.
The Spurs hardly gave the game away. Sacramento led the entire way before Spurs center Tiago Splitter finally put San Antonio ahead with just under 10 minutes left.
The Spurs led 84-78 with 4 minutes to go but went cold down the stretch. Evans hit his game-winner in the face of Green, whose runner as time expired didn't even reach the rim.
Cousins also had 13 rebounds for the Kings. Jason Thompson added 10 points and 10 rebounds.
The Kings nearly let this upset slip away. They built a surprising 15-point lead early in the second quarter that quickly evaporated thanks to seven consecutive missed shots and bad decisions. Among them was Cousins getting a technical foul for protesting his third personal — despite teammate J.J. Hickson racing toward referee Ed Malloy in hopes of talking him out of a whistle.
He didn't make it in time.
"I gave him a chance," Malloy told Kings coach Keith Smart.
A chance is rarely what the Kings have had on the road. The NBA's youngest team was routed by 39 points in Dallas last week.
Four of Sacramento's next five games are on the road, too. It's one of the myriad challenges facing Smart, who took over Jan. 5 after Sacramento fired Paul Westphal. The Kings are 4-5 since.
Notes: Sacramento C/F Chuck Hayes missed his eighth straight game with a dislocated left shoulder, but Smart said his big man is finally able to sleep through the night without pain. Smart said he expects Hayes to resume contact in practice in the next few days. ... The Spurs hadn't lost to the Kings at home since 2006.