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Gay’s hot shooting leads Kings to preseason win over Spurs

Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay (8) drives to the basket against the San Antonio Spurs during their pre-season game on Thursday, October 8, 2015 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento.
Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay (8) drives to the basket against the San Antonio Spurs during their pre-season game on Thursday, October 8, 2015 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento. hamezcua@sacbee.com

Rudy Gay looks comfortable in George Karl’s system.

For the second consecutive preseason game, Gay shot 10 of 13, this time tallying 26 points as the Kings defeated the San Antonio Spurs 95-92 Thursday night at Sleep Train Arena.

Gay has hit 8 of 10 three-point attempts in the past two games. He made 2 of 3 beyond the arc on Thursday.

“He wasn’t shooting the ball very well for most of training camp,” said Karl, the Kings’ coach. “He didn’t play very well in Portland (on Monday). I think it was just pride that he said he wanted to come out and start playing better.”

Rajon Rondo had six points, 10 assists, eight rebounds and no turnovers. DeMarcus Cousins added 17 points and 10 rebounds.

If the Kings have something they need to continue to focus on, it’s turnovers. Rondo was one of only three Kings who did not commit a turnover. Sacramento has had at least 21 turnovers in each preseason game, including 23 against the Spurs.

Sacramento also used its third different starting lineup of the preseason. James Anderson started at guard alongside Rondo. The frontcourt of Gay, Cousins and Willie Cauley-Stein remained the same.

Kings forward Omri Casspi played only 10 minutes before leaving the game with flu-like symptoms.

The Kings (2-1) faced a Spurs team that was without Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker and Boris Diaw. All stayed home to rest.

San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich also did not travel to Sacramento. Assistant coach Ettore Messina served as the head coach Thursday.

Kawhi Leonard led the Spurs (0-1) with 16 points.

The Kings’ final home preseason game is Saturday against Portland before they play the Los Angeles Lakers in Las Vegas and the New Orleans Pelicans in Lexington, Ky.

Jason Jones: @mr_jasonjones, read more about the team at sacbee.com/kings.

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