A valiant comeback effort in the fourth quarter was not enough to atone for a double-digit Spurs advantage as the Kings fell to the NBA’s best team 108-102 at home.
Tony Parker showed why he was an All-Star, scoring 30 points and dishing out 10 assists. For the Kings, Isaiah Thomas had 22 and Tyreke Evans added 20.
However, the Kings shot just 37.8 percent from the field while the Spurs shot over 46 percent.
San Antonio jumped out to an early advantage and led 23-11 in the first quarter. They would maintain a healthy lead for the first three quarters, and at one point were on top by 14 points.
But the Kings rallied. Down 101-88 midway through the fourth, they went on a 12-2 run, with Marcus Thornton scoring eight consecutive points during that stretch to cut the lead to three with less than a minute remaining.
On the ensuing possession, the Kings allowed a second chance opportunity and Parker nailed a layup with 19 seconds left to close things out.