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Pau Gasol starts out hot as Spurs hand Kings third loss in row, 110-105

Kings coach Dave Joerger and DeMarcus Cousins on the Kings loss to the San Antonio Spurs

“They ran what they wanted to do,” coach Dave Joerger said. “They got the shots where they wanted to get them, they cut where they wanted to cut, they drove where they wanted to drive. (We) made the game very, very easy for the Spurs.” “I’ll take
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“They ran what they wanted to do,” coach Dave Joerger said. “They got the shots where they wanted to get them, they cut where they wanted to cut, they drove where they wanted to drive. (We) made the game very, very easy for the Spurs.” “I’ll take

Player of the game: Pau Gasol started strong and scored a team-high 24 points to go with nine rebounds as the San Antonio Spurs beat the Kings 110-105 Wednesday night at Golden 1 Center. Gasol scored nine points in the first quarter as the Spurs took a 12-point lead. Except for a second-quarter spurt by the Kings, San Antonio was in control. The Kings have lost three in a row.

Turning point: The Kings took a 30-27 lead with 9:29 left in the second quarter. The Spurs countered with a 26-8 run.

X-factor: Besides DeMarcus Cousins (26 points, 17 rebounds, six assists), the Kings’ starting lineup struggled while three Spurs starters tallied at least 20 points.

Injuries: None

Records: Kings 4-8; Spurs 9-3

Visiting Sacramento to take on the Kings, San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich talks about why he felt the need to speak up about President-elect Donald Trump. Video from Nov. 17, 2016.

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