The San Antonio Spurs beat the shorthanded Sacramento Kings 112-104 to stretch their winning streak to six. Tony Parker led the charge with 27 points and four other Spurs scored in double digits. Despite good games from Rudy Gay, Darren Collison, Ryan Hollins and Carl Landry, the Kings clearly missed DeMarcus Cousins' inside scoring, finishing with a -16 deficit in points in the paint.
The Kings' defense, which has been surprisingly decent this season, collapsed in the first half allowing San Antonio 61 points. It was an atypical game as far as this season goes, since the threes were falling for the Spurs and their opponent had turnover problems. The second half was a continuation of the first, with San Antonio capitalizing on Sacramento's mistakes and hitting three pointers to remain in control of the game.
The Kings never went away but timely buckets in the fourth quarter allowed the Spurs to get the win at home.
Favorite play of the night: Aron Baynes defends a pick-and-roll perfectly
The Big Banger had a good night on offense, finishing with 10 points on six shots. We'll get to some of the pretty finishes later. But it's plays like this one on defense that could get him minutes once Tiago Splitter returns.
Baynes defended this play so well that I had to do a double take to make sure it wasn't actually his countryman Andrew Bogut on a Spurs' jersey. Baynes commits just enough to contain a straight line drive but still makes a pass to the dive man impossible. And when the ball-handler gets close enough to the rim to get a good look, he contests that possible shot as well, forcing a turnover. Hopefully, we'll see more of this from Baynsey.
The Spurs will now face the Celtics in Boston, looking for their seventh straight win on Sunday.