SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Tony Parker had 27 points and the San Antonio Spurs held on to beat the Sacramento Kings 112-104 on Friday night, –their second straight victory without Gregg Popovich.
Popovich missed his second straight game following a recent undisclosed minor medical procedure. The veteran coach’s status is unknown for the team’s upcoming four-game road trip, which begins Sunday in Boston, but he did visit with the team Friday morning.
Assistant coach Ettore Messina led San Antonio to its sixth straight victory. Messina said everything he is doing has Popovich’s seal of approval.
Kawhi Leonard scored 19 points, Tim Duncan had 18 and Danny Green 11 for San Antonio (11-4).
Darren Collison and Ryan Hollins had 15 points each for Sacramento (9-6) and Ben McLemore had 14 points.
The Kings were without leading scorer and rebounder DeMarcus Cousins, who woke up “feeling sick,” according to Sacramento coach Michael Malone.
San Antonio allowed Sacramento to shoot 51 percent, but countered by shooting 12 for 24 on 3-pointers and dishing out 29 assists on 42 baskets.
Kings: Hollins made his first start since 2012, when he started once in 15 appearances for the Miami Heat. . Sacramento plays 10 of its next 11 games at home after completing their road trip Friday at 2-2. . The Kings are 8-0 when outshooting an opponent, and led in field goal percentage until about midway through the third quarter Friday.
Spurs: Duncan has four 20-point, 20-rebound games in his career against Sacramento — the most he has had against any NBA team. . Parker made his only 3-point attempt, raising his season average to a career-best 67 percent on 16-for-24 shooting. His previous best was 40 percent in 2007, when he was 15 for 38 on 3-point attempts. . Duncan has played in 1,268 games, two shy of tying Boston Celtics legend John Havlicek for third with the most games played with a single team. Utah’s John Stockton (1,504) and Indiana’s Reggie Miller (1,389) top the career list. . Parker, Leonard and Duncan are all averaging at least 30 minutes. Last season there were held under that mark.
Kings: Host Memphis on Sunday.
Spurs: At Boston on Sunday.
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