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Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, California Attendance: 15,500
Spurs seek 15th straight victory over Kings
San Antonio Spurs at Sacramento Kings
- The Spurs swept the season series for the third consecutive season against the Kings, winning four games by an average of 11.0 points. Since the 2008-09 season, San Antonio has a 33-2 (.943) record against Sacramento, the best by any team against any opponent over that time (minimum 20 games).
- After dropping consecutive games for the first time this season, the Spurs defeated the Rockets, 96-89, on Saturday. San Antonio held Houston to 33.3 percent shooting, the lowest opponent field goal percentage in a game against the Spurs since December 2, 2015 (Bucks -- 33.3 percent).
- The Kings have lost three of four, allowing an average of 117.3 points over those four games. Sacramento set season-lows in field goal percentage (34.8), three-point percentage (24.0) and assists (11) in its most recent loss against the Lakers on Saturday.
- The Spurs (39.1 percent) and the Kings (38.2 percent) rank third and fourth, respectively, in three-point percentage this season. San Antonio is attempting just 24.2 three-pointers per game -- only the Cavaliers (23.2) have attempted fewer three-pointers per game.
- DeMar DeRozan has posted consecutive double-doubles for the first time in his NBA career. He has 25 rebounds over his last two games, the most he has ever recorded in a two-game span.
- When De'Aaron Fox records at least eight assists this season, the Kings are 5-0. He is one of three players (Draymond Green and Nikola Jokic) this season whose teams are undefeated when recording at least eight assists (minimum 5 games).
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SACRAMENTO -- The San Antonio Spurs hope to write another chapter in one of the NBA's most lopsided rivalries when they visit the Sacramento Kings on Monday night.
The Spurs have beaten their Western Conference rivals 14 straight times, including seven in a row in Sacramento, dating back almost exactly four years to a 94-91 Kings home win Nov, 15, 2014.
San Antonio has mastered its opponent with suffocating defense, holding the Kings to 105 points or fewer in all 14 games of the winning streak.
The Spurs seemed to have lost their defensive magic this season when they allowed 106 or more points in each of their first six games.
But they have since tightened the defensive screws, limiting four of their last five opponents to 95 or fewer, including Houston in a 96-89 Spurs home win Saturday.
Meanwhile, the Spurs hope to get one of their most explosive offensive weapons back for the opener of a three-game trip.
Rudy Gay told reporters Sunday he believes he has finally proven himself healthy enough to return from a three-game absence because of a heel soreness.
"I pushed him and he pushed me, and ultimately he wins 99 percent of the time," Gay said of trying to talk coach Gregg Popovich into an earlier return. "I just want to be out there. I like being around the guys. I feel like that's a big part of a team, just camaraderie. That's just how I am. I've always been like that."
Gay averaged 19.3 points in four seasons with the Kings before leaving as a free agent in July 2017.
He contributed seven points to a Spurs win last December in his only previous homecoming.
The Kings will be concluding an attention-gathering, four-game homestand that already has featured visits from Kawhi Leonard and LeBron James with their new teams. Both aided in winning efforts.
In between, Kings newcomer Nemanja Bjelica enjoyed a reunion night of his own when he contributed 14 points and eight rebounds to a 121-110 victory over his old team, the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Bjelica left the Timberwolves in the offseason after spending his first three years with the club.
He admitted after the win that not all 82 games are alike.
"Before the game, I told you this game would be like every other game, but I was wrong," he declared. "Maybe I was too emotional, but I had to erase this (feeling) that I had in my stomach."
Scoring might have been a problem for the Kings in the past, especially against the Spurs, but it hasn't been an issue this season. Sacramento ranks ninth in the league in scoring at 115.3 points per game after finishing last a year ago at 98.8.
A key to the sharp rise is the improved play of point guard De'Aaron Fox, who last season as a rookie averaged 11.6 points while shooting 41.2 percent from the field and 30.7 on 3-pointers.
This season, those figures are currently 18.7, 49.4 and 41.0, respectively.
Updated November 11, 2018