Dec 29, 2013; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili (20) drives to the basket as Sacramento Kings forward Derrick Williams (right) looks on during the first half at the AT

Sacramento Kings Can’t Quite Close It Out In San Antonio

The San Antonio Spurs erased a nine-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Sacramento Kings at the AT&T Center Sunday evening 112-104.

It was a game of momentum swings, as San Antonio (24-7) led by as many as 15 points in the first half before Sacramento (9-20) came back to take a nine-point lead in the fourth quarter before faltering.

It was Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker who keyed the late comeback by the Spurs, as each scored 10 points in the fateful fourth quarter as the Spurs outscored the Kings 31-17.

The Kings’ new Big Three of DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gay and Isaiah Thomas had another huge game, combining for 80 points, but Sacramento couldn’t pull off back-to-back victories over last season’s NBA finalists. The Kings were coming off an overtime win over the Miami Heat on Friday night.

San Antonio led 57-49 at the half before the Kings hung up 38 points in the third quarter to take an 87-81 lead into the final period.

Gay and Thomas fueled the big period, with Thomas scoring 15 points with four assists in the quarter and Gay adding 12 points.

Ginobili led the Spurs with a season-high 28 points, while Parker had 22 points and seven assists. Tim Duncan added 17 points, 13 rebounds and two blocked shots for San Antonio, Boris Diaw finished with 14 points and seven assists and Tiago Splitter scored 11 points.

Cousins had 29 points and 14 rebounds for Sacramento, Thomas finished with 27 points and nine assists and Gay logged 24 points, nine rebounds and two blocked shots. Jason Thompson had 11 rebounds and blocked two shots, but San Antonio had a season-low four turnovers.

The Kings complete their two-game Texas trip on Tuesday, visiting the Houston Rockets for a 4 p.m. Pacific tipoff.

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