Duncan powers Spurs past Kings 97-86

Duncan powers Spurs past Kings 97-86
November 10, 2012, 12:35 am
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Sacramento Kings forward James Johnson, right, protects the ball from San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, Nov. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Tim Duncan had 23 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 97-86 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Friday night.

The Spurs played without Stephen Jackson, who was out with the flu, and Duncan and several other players were a bit under the weather. But they led for much of the game in defeating the Kings for the ninth straight time in Sacramento.

Reserve Patty Mills gave the Spurs a huge lift, making 8-of-9 shots and scoring 18 points. Kawhi Leonard had 11 points.

Marcus Thornton and Jason Thompson scored 17 apiece for the Kings, who had won two straight.