Aldridge, Spurs rally late to beat Kings 105-104 in OT
By RAUL DOMINGUEZ
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - LaMarcus Aldridge had 19 points and 13 rebounds in his return from an injury and the San Antonio Spurs rallied from nine points down in the final 1:50 of regulation before beating the Sacramento Kings 105-104 in overtime on Friday night.
The Kings missed four shots on their final possession of overtime, including a pair of 3-point attempts by Trevor Ariza.
Buddy Hield had 23 points and Harrison Barnes added 19 for Sacramento, which has lost three straight.
It was the Spurs’ second straight overtime game. San Antonio beat Houston 135-133 in two overtimes on Tuesday.
Dejounte Murray’s 16-foot jumper with 29 seconds was the go-ahead shot. Sacramento had taken a one-point lead 19 seconds earlier on Hield’s 16-footer.
Murray finished with 14 points. DeMar DeRozan had 15 and Patty Mills and Jakob Poeltl had 13 points apiece.
The Spurs forced overtime by outscoring the Kings 11-2 in the final 1:50 of the fourth quarter. After Harrison Barnes hit a pair of free throws with 14.3 seconds left, Marco Belinelli drained a leaning 3-pointer with 4.1 seconds to go to tie it at 100.
The teams combined for 31 turnovers and each squandered a double-digit lead.
Sacramento scored nine straight points after the Spurs tied the game at 89 with 3:44 remaining on DeRozan’s third 3-pointer. Cory Joseph capped the run with a 3-pointer with 1:50 remaining.
Mills had consecutive steals against Joseph that cut the Kings’ lead to 98-95 with 1:13 left.
Aldridge was 8 for 18 from the field in his return from a two-game absence due to a sore right thigh.
After holding Sacramento to a season low for points by an opponent in any half in building a 52-42 lead, San Antonio set a season low with 17 in the third quarter to give away the lead.
Sacramento was 4 for 8 on 3-pointers in the third quarter in building a 72-67 lead.
Kings: Joseph, who played for the Spurs from 2011-15, made his 12th start at point guard for Sacramento. Joseph had seven points and an assist in 38 minutes. … Guard Bogdan Bogdanovic, who was questionable with a bruised right knee, had nine points in 21 minutes. … Forward Marvin Bagley III missed his 20th straight game with a fractured right thumb. Bagley has not played since scoring 14 points in 28 minutes in the Kings’ season opener Oct. 23.
Spurs: DeRozan had three 3-pointers in a game for the first time since April 4, 2018, when he was with Toronto. His career high is six with the Raptors. … Poeltl had three blocks, extending his streak to nine straight games with a block. It’s second only to his streak of 13 straight games with a block in 2018.
Kings: At Dallas on Sunday night.
Spurs: Host Cleveland on Thursday night.
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