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USA | Nov 18, 2023

Kings outlast early Spurs onslaught; Suns hold on against the Jazz

Shari-Lee Crooks

Shari-Lee Crooks / Our Today

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Nov 17, 2023; San Antonio, Texas, USA; Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox (5) shoots over San Antonio Spurs forward Victor Wembanyama (1) during the second half at Frost Bank Center. (Photo: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports via REUTERS)

The San Antonio Spurs did battle with the rising Sacramento Kings in the first game of the doubleheader in the NBA primetime action on Friday (November 17).

The young Spurs were firing on all cylinders early in the game and had 12 points on the board before the Kings could score a point.

The Kings would eventually find their footing and offensive efficiency and would close the quarter on a scoring run of their own to go into the second period down by just two points.

The teams would both have a high-scoring second quarter and the home team managed to outscore their visitors by the same two-point margin and went into halftime tied at 62.

The third quarter was more of the same, with both teams trading periods of great offensive prowess.

It was the second quarter of the game that both teams scored upwards of 30 points and the Kings managed to go into the final stanza up by a single point.

The fourth quarter would separate the youth of the Spurs from their slightly more experienced opponents.

The Spurs have been plagued by having poor finishing towards the end of quarters and games, and this night was no different.

They were outscored by seven points in the period and eventually would lose 120-129.

Number one pick in the draft, French superstar Victor Wembanyama scored 29 points and was assisted by Zach Collins with 28 in a losing effort for San Antonio.

While star point guard De’Aaron Fox was just one shy of his career-high 44, with a 43-point effort to lead his Kings to victory.

Nov 17, 2023; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) drives against Utah Jazz guard Keyonte George (3) in the second quarter at Delta Center. (Photo: Rob Gray-USA TODAY via REUTERS)

The second match of the doubleheader was a high-scoring offensive clinic, between Phoenix Suns and Utah Jazz and had both teams shooting lights out from tip-off.

The first quarter saw two-time Finals MVP Kevin Durant have an impeccable stretch and was a perfect four out of four from the floor.

His shooting was also assisted by his teammates’ success and the Suns had a monstrous 41-point first quarter.

After another quarter of great offensive play from both teams, which saw them both have 30-point periods, the two teams went into the half locked at 75.

The scoring would dip for both sides in the third but only slightly, with the Suns having a slightly better go of things going into the fourth.

The fourth quarter would be a ding-dong battle with several ties and lead changes.

The Suns have the worst record in the league in games that are separated by less than five points with four minutes left.

They would reverse that fortune on this night, however, and hold on to their three-point advantage from the third quarter and win 128-131.

Durant would end the night with a game-high 38 points, along with nine rebounds and nine assists. Devin Booker would have a career-high 15 assists to go with his 24 points.

Jordan Clarkson would top-score the losers with a 37-point effort.


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