SAN ANTONIO — Pau Gasol scored 22 points off the bench, and LaMarcus Aldridge added 18 points in 21 minutes of action to help push the San Antonio Spurs to an easy 118-102 win over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday at the AT&T Center.
The Spurs snapped a two-game losing streak, and they still haven’t lost three contests in a row this season. They also swept the four-game season series from Sacramento.
Tony Parker scored 16 points for San Antonio (53-16), which moved to within two games of the idle Golden State Warriors for the best record in the NBA.
Kawhi Leonard hit for 12 points for the Spurs, his season-low scoring output as he missed nine of his 12 shots from the floor. He sat out the second half of the third quarter and all of the final period.
David Lee scored 11 points for San Antonio. Patty Mills and Jonathon Simmons had 10 points each as seven Spurs players scored in double figures and all 13 players who took the floor for San Antonio scored.
Buddy Hield and Willie Cauley-Stein scored 18 points apiece to lead the Kings (27-43). Garrett Temple scored for 15 points, Skal Labissiere tallied 10 points and Georgios Papagiannis pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds for Sacramento, which lost its second straight game.
Sacramento roared to a 14-2 lead in the first five minutes as Hield had seven quick points and Temple added five. But the Spurs answered back via an 11-2 run capped by a 3-pointer by Mills to get back to within 16-13.
The Kings held a 27-21 advantage at the end of the first quarter by outshooting San Antonio 54.5 percent to 28 percent and hitting all three of their 3-point attempts.
The Spurs ran past Sacramento into the lead on the third of three Leonard free throws at the 7:18 mark of the second quarter and kept pouring it on, building as much as a 10-point advantage before assuming a 58-49 lead at halftime.
Parker had 12 points in the half, all in the second quarter on 6-of-7 shooting, and Leonard added 10 for the Spurs. After its horrendous shooting start, San Antonio actually outshot Sacramento 45.7 percent to 45.5 percent in the half while also outrebounding the Kings 26-21 and committing just one turnover.
Temple paced the Kings with 11 points (via a 3-for-3 showing on his 3-pointers).
San Antonio kept its collective foot on the pedal in the third quarter, pushing the lead to 27 points with 1:13 to play in the period and enjoying a 99-74 advantage heading to the final quarter. That large margin sent both teams’ starters to the bench for the whole fourth quarter.
NOTES: The Kings played without F Rudy Gay (torn left Achillies), G Malachi Richardson (right hamstring partial tear) and G Tyreke Evans (coaches decision), while both G Manu Ginobili (rest) or G Dejounte Murray (hamstring) did not suit up for San Antonio. … Sacramento has lost 10 games in a row to the Spurs and nine straight contests in San Antonio. …Former Spurs F/C Tim Duncan recorded four 20-point, 20-rebound games against Sacramento, more than any other opponent. … The Spurs came from 28 points down to beat Sacramento 114-104 on March 8, the largest come-from-behind victory for San Antonio in coach Gregg Popovich’s 21-year tenure with the Spurs and the largest blown loss for the Kings this season. … Next up for the Kings is Wednesday’s home contest with Milwaukee while the Spurs hit the road for a game Tuesday in Minnesota.