SAN ANTONIO -- The San Antonio Spurs, off a lackluster performance on Christmas Day in a loss to the Houston Rockets, felt another game slipping away on their home court.
This time they got the stops and hit the shots down the stretch to get the win.
"Sometimes it's going to happen, sometimes it won't," Ginobili on his play. "I felt like we were being a little ... slow. Too passive. I tried to be more aggressive. I was feeling good. That always helps, sometimes you want to but can't. Two days off after a tough stretch helped me and I was feeling energetic."
Guard Tony Parker added 22 for the Spurs, while forward Boris Diaw had 14.
"The effort was there,' Cousins said of the Kings' loss. "I can't even be mad about this loss because we really had a chance to win this game. We did a lot of good things tonight. It was just some minor things that really helped them seal the game."
Sacramento wiped out a 15-point first-half lead by the Spurs to take back the lead with a 38-point third quarter. The Kings scored on 12 straight possessions in the third period, and went up 78-75 with three minutes on a Thomas 3-pointer with Parker in his face.
San Antonio came back and tied the game at 102 when Ginobili hit back-to-back 3-pointers, the last coming at the 3:10 mark.
Parker would finish it down the stretch, scoring the last eight points to seal the win.
"They're a good team. They made it tough on us. They got rolling in the third quarter a little bit," Parker said on last of the game. "We made a couple changes in the fourth quarter. Control them a little bit better. Then we made big shots in the fourth quarter and that's how we won."
"It was a tough loss," Kings coach Michael Malone said. "That's what the Spurs do. They go into the fourth quarter and they execute. We did not execute well down the stretch offensively, and we had some defensive lapses. When you make mistakes against this team, Manu or whoever is going to make you pay."
NOTES: Sacramento C DeMarcus Cousins, in the midst of a stellar season, is making his bid for an All-Star roster spot. He began play Sunday averaging 22.5 points and 11.1 rebounds per game. The only other players averaging at least 22 points and 11 rebounds are Minnesota Timberwolves F Kevin Love and Portland Trail Blazers F LaMarcus Aldridge. ... San Antonio entered the night with a 23-7 record, but all 23 were against teams with a .500 record or worse. ... The Kings were on a scoring binge, averaging 104.0 points per game in their previous 12 contests. ... San Antonio won 11 of its previous 12 meetings with Sacramento.