SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Even though it was an ugly victory, the banged-up San Antonio Spurs were just happy to end a three-game losing streak given their troubling rash of recent injuries.
Tim Duncan had 23 points and 17 rebounds, Tony Parker added 18 points and 10 assists, and San Antonio rallied past the skidding Sacramento Kings 95-93 on Saturday night.
The win came in San Antonio's final home game before departing for its annual "Rodeo Road Trip" that lasts nearly a month.
"It's huge to start the road trip like that," Parker said. "We needed a win. Obviously we were in a little slump with those three losses. We wanted to get back on the right track."
Patty Mills scored 15 points and Boris Diaw added 14 for San Antonio, which won't play at home again until Feb. 26 against Detroit.
Despite playing Friday night against the Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento almost spoiled the going-away party for the Spurs.
Isaiah Thomas had 26 points, Rudy Gay scored 23 and Derrick Williams added 14 for the Kings, who have lost seven straight.
"We're playing the San Antonio Spurs; they're going to make their runs," Gay said. "They're going to make tough plays. They do that time and time again. It's not we're surprised that they did that. But we still had a chance to win and I still wish I had the shot back."
After scoring 22 points primarily against Marco Belinelli, Gay was limited to one in the fourth with the 6-foot-8 Diaw guarding him. Gay missed a potential game-winning, 15-foot jumper over Diaw with 0.5 seconds remaining.
"The rim. The rim," Gay said when asked what he saw on the final shot. "I mean, honestly, I wish I had that one back; I don't think I miss that too many other times."
After being outplayed by Gay and Thomas for much of the game, the veteran Spurs took over down the stretch to end their longest losing streak of the season.
Parker and Duncan scored San Antonio's final eight points, but they also gave Sacramento hope by going 1 for 3 on free throws in the final 12 seconds.
Duncan missed both his attempts with the Spurs clinging to a 94-93 lead.
"Very, very, very (frustrating)," Duncan said. "Not many times I get that situation. Just disappointed I couldn't step up and knock them out."
The Spurs were sluggish on offense with newly signed Shannon Brown starting and Tiago Splitter returning from injury, giving them their third different starting lineup in three games.
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