Spurs beat Sacramento 120-105, end Kings’ 5-game win streak
San Antonio Spurs' DeMar DeRozan, left, strips the ball from Sacramento Kings' De'Aaron Fox during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 31, 2021, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)SAN ANTONIO – DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points and the San Antonio Spurs snapped Sacramento’s five-game winning streak, beating the Kings 120-106 on Wednesday night. Derrick White added 18 points, Rudy Gay had 16 and Jakob Poeltl finished with 12 points and 14 rebounds for San Antonio. San Antonio held Sacramento to 53 points in the first half after allowing 41 points in the second quarter Monday. AdSpurs: C Gorgui Dieng was injured in his San Antonio debut on his initial drive to the basket with the team.
LeBron James: Decision to have NBA All-Star Game during the pandemic is a "slap in the face"
The NBA told its teams on Thursday night that it expects to finalize plans in the coming week to have an All-Star Game in Atlanta. The decision to hold the game during the coronavirus pandemic is not going over well with some high-profile players, including Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James. "I don't even understand why we're having an All-Star Game, but it's the agreement." Sacramento guard De'Aaron Fox said Wednesday night he thought the notion of an All-Star Game was "stupid" during a pandemic. "If we have to wear masks and do all this for a regular game, then what's the point of bringing an All-Star Game back?cbsnews.com
Bogdanovic's career-high 35 lead Kings past Pelicans 140-125
The Kings shot 54%. Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram each scored 24 points for the Pelicans. JJ Redick scored 18 points and Jrue Holiday added 17 for the Pelicans, who shot 57%. The Kings pulled even with the Pelicans in the standings and now are 2 1/2 games behind eighth-place Memphis with four games remaining. Kings: Shot 78% in the first quarter.