The Kings hung with the Spurs as long as they could Sunday.
But, just when the Kings thought they had the Spurs on the ropes, the seasoned San Antonio team rallied for a 113-98 victory at AT&T Center.
The Kings held a 50-49 halftime lead, but the Spurs outscored the Kings 30-19 in the third quarter. Despite short runs, the Spurs staved off every attempt at a Kings comeback.
Myers is no stranger to the view from the pasture. After starting his professional career as a catcher, he moved to right field in the Double-A Texas League in 2011 and won the American League Rookie of the Year award while starting 68 games in right for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2013. The Padres tried him in center field in 2015, and the experiment was widely regarded as a failure after he logged a minus-7 defensive runs saved.
Irving did it all on his own taking over for the Celtics and dazzling with both his shooting and ball handling. This game means very little in the grand scheme of things, but to see both players performing at such a high level was a treat for fans.
Curry rightfully downplayed the matchup after the game, but it’s hard to overlook his fantastic showing with 49 points, five assists and four rebounds and an 8-for-13 mark from beyond the arc.
“We bring the best out of each other and he’s always battling,” Curry told ESPN. “He’s an amazingly talented player who can do some crazy things on the floor whether I play good defense or not.”
Irving scored 37 points on 13-of-18 shooting. Golden State and Curry may have come away with the win, but games like this can only make people hope to see more of this matchup in the postseason.
Russell Westbrook posted his 15th triple-double of the year with 31 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds, but Carmelo Anthony was the star of the night eclipsing the 25,000 career points mark. Anthony scored 21 points and added five rebounds in a 121-108 win over the Pistons.