Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/10/12
By Martin McNeal, The Sports Xchange SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- San Antonio's Tim Duncan wasn't feeling well. So he took it out on the Sacramento Kings during a 97-86 victory at the Sleep Train Arena Friday night. Duncan cautioned reporters after the game because he's been suffering from flu-like symptoms. Duncan's game-high 23 points were one of the few offensive constants on a night in which the Spurs committed 20 turnovers. Luckily for San Antonio, the Kings rarely could make shots. "It's not like it once was where they ran everything through me. Now, if I've got it going they'll keep going to me. It was good (Friday night) Patty (Mills) had it going since Tony (Parker) was ill." Mills scored 18 on eight of nine from the field. "You never know how things are going to go," Duncan said. "I've seen nights when Tony was sick and hit the game-winning basket." Meanwhile, the Kings were lamenting their inability to make shots. "We had so many unfinished plays in the paint," said Kings coach Keith Smart. "That was the key." Marcus Thornton tied Jason Thompson for scoring honors with 17 points, But the Kings wasted the 20 turnovers they forced and missed 59 of 91 shots "I think we have to focus more on just seeing the ball go through the net and stop rushing shots, myself included," Thornton said. The Spurs improved to 5-1 while the Kings had their two-game winning streak halted. Sacramento (2-4) was outscored 28-18 in the pivotal fourth quarter. The Spurs held a 47-39 at halftime. Duncan was a perfect 5-for-5 from the field. He led all scorers with 12 points and also grabbed seven rebounds in 13:39 minutes on the court. Sacramento shot 6 of 24 (25 percent) during the second quarter. The errant shooting allowed the Spurs to run off 15 of the period's 17 points during a six-minute span. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich received scoring from everyone he played except starting shooting guard Danny Green. The Spurs bench combined to score 21 first-half points. Kings center DeMarcus Cousins began strongly with five quick points and five rebounds. However, he picked up his third foul with 4:14 left and went to the bench. Thompson took over scoring around the basket and had a team-leading 10 points in the first half. Thompson made 5 of 6 from the field, but the rest of the Kings made just 16 of 48 from the field. NOTES: Spurs reserve guard Stephen Jackson missed the contest with the flu, while Duncan, Parker and Matt Bonner suffered from flu-like symptoms. ... Kings swingman John Salmons was active for his first game of the season. He missed much of training camp while tending to his wife, who gave birth to their third child. ... Kings rookie forward Thomas Robinson missed the first of a two-game suspension for elbowing Detroit forward Jonas Jerebko in Wednesday night's 105-103 Sacramento victory.
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