SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -Michael Finley scored 21 points and Tim Duncan had 20, including two key baskets in the final minute, in the San Antonio Spurs' 90-88 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night.
Duncan's short jumper tied it with 49 seconds left and his bank shot off a drive put San Antonio ahead for good at 90-88 with 15.5 seconds remaining.
But Duncan missed two free throws with 2.3 seconds left, but Quincy Douby threw up an airball on a 3-point attempt. On the Kings' previous possession, Brad Miller shot an airball on a wide-open baseline jumper with 5 seconds left.
who have dropped two straight. Beno Udrih added 16 points, Quincy Douby had 12 and Brad Miller finished with 10 points and eight rebounds.
Scoring frequently from the outside and also penetrating inside on driving to the hoop, Salmons made 10 of 13 shots from the field and was 8-of-9 at the line. He finished a point short of his career high.
The lead went back and forth in a tight fourth quarter. After Udrih made two free throws to break a tie, Duncan answered on the Spurs' next possession, splitting two defenders and putting in a short jumper to pull the Spurs even at 88.
Behind the outside shooting of Salmons, the Kings retook the lead in the third quarter. The veteran forward made a pair of 3-pointers and scored nine points, helping the Kings take a 72-68 lead into the fourth
After suffering a disappointing overtime loss on Friday to Phoenix, the Kings were looking to bounce back as they conclude a stretch of six of seven home games. It's been a positive stretch for Sacramento, which opened the season by losing four straight, three of them by lopsided margins.
because of an ankle injury that may sideline him for another three weeks.
The Kings continue to play without injured scoring leader Kevin Martin and top reserve Francisco Garcia.
Notes: Kings reserve Spencer Hawes, who was leading the NBA in 3-point percentage in the first few weeks of the season, has missed nine straight. ... Mason, a rookie point guard, was coming off his best game as a pro, getting 17 points, five assists and zero turnovers against Houston. ... The Kings play back-to-back games against Memphis and New Orleans on Tuesday and Wednesday, beginning a stretch of four of five games on the road.

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