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Saturday, February 1st (All times Eastern)

Sacramento Kings (15-31) at San Antonio Spurs (33-13), 8:30 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The San Antonio Spurs haven't been in this kind of predicament for quite some time.

They've lost three straight for the first time since closing out the 2012-13 regular season 0-3 and will try to avoid a longer losing streak Saturday night when they welcome the Sacramento Kings to AT&T Center.

The Spurs haven't lost four games in a row since 2011 and the reason for their problems could easily be explained if you look at their injury report.

Starters Tiago Splitter, Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green are all shelved for extended periods of time and the latest to join the sidelines was Manu Ginobili. The bench star will miss three to four weeks with a strained left hamstring.

Even those playing are dinged up. Tony Parker, who was named as a reserve for the Western Conference All-Star team, is questionable with a strained groin.

On Wednesday, the Chicago Bulls came to Alamo City and left with a 96-86 victory.

With such luminaries in the starting lineup as Nando De Colon and Othyus Jeffers, who was recently signed to a 10-day contract, Parker had 20 points and six assists and Tim Duncan registered 17 points and 12 rebounds for the suddenly-sputtering Spurs.

"I think with all these guys out, our consistency just isn't there. On both ends, we can't sustain for the periods of time that we need to," said Duncan, who was passed over for a 15th All-Star Game.

The Kings have been a disaster of late, losing six straight, including three in a row on the road.

On Friday, the Kings fell in Dallas, 107-103.

Rudy Gay scored a game-high 35 points on 10-of-16 shooting, while also pulling down 12 rebounds and handing out six assists and Isaiah Thomas added 19 points and six assists for the Kings.

They were the only double-figure scorers for Sacramento, but all 10 Kings players who saw action scored at least a field goal.

Offense wasn't the problem as the Kings allowed 32 points in the fourth quarter. That turned a six-point Sacramento lead after three into a four-point loss.

"[They] got whatever they wanted (in the fourth). When you look at the game our first quarter defense was very good. The second quarter we don't defend anybody. Third quarter defense was excellent and allowed us to get out and run and Rudy kind of took the game over for a little bit, and then in the fourth quarter you allow that team to score 32 points," said Kings coach Michael Malone.

The Spurs have won seven straight against Sacramento and 19 of the last 20. The Kings lone victory against the Spurs since 2008 did come in San Antonio back on Jan. 20, 2012.

02/01 11:13:31 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
NCCU 108
BASC 52
 
Final
CHA 106
PHO 111
 
Final
NCSU 83
TENN 72
 
Final
CLE 98
ATL 127
Final
CHA 106
PHO 111
 
4th
DET 78
DAL 94
 
4th
BOS 93
ORL 84
 
4th
MIA 59
UTA 77
 
3rd
TOR 53
BRK 55
 
2nd
SAN 35
MEM 48
 
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POR
MIL
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DEN
HOU
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LAC
IND
Final
UNT 78
LANG 65
 
Final
Terriers 64
DELST 72
 
Final
MSST 55
ARKST 69
 
Final
NCCU 108
BASC 52
 
Final
GMAS 99
CATAWBA 69
 
Final
WOFF 64
CSOU 58
 
Final
HIGH 106
FERR 48
 
Final
JVU 68
GWEBB 65
 
Final
ILL 73
HAMP 55
 
Final
BST 52
JMU 72
 
Final
YOUNG 84
KNST 90
 
Final
UMO 71
LONG 60
 
Final
PITT 65
MAN 56
Final
OSU 97
NCAT 55
Final
FSU 93
UNF 77
 
Final
TOL 83
RMU 57
 
Final
CAMP 70
SIUE 65
 
Final
DUQ 52
RFLSH 67
 
Final
NCSU 83
TENN 72
 
2nd
UCF 70
DET 67
 
2nd
UNCW 57
LIB 53
 
2nd
LOYC 53
ABCHRIST 37
 
2nd
MURST 65
ALCOR 39
 
Half
HOU 16
ARKPB 27
 
2nd
NW 50
CMICH 59
 
2nd
WKENT 54
CHIST 43
 
2nd
ODU 42
UGST 41
 
2nd
SMU 41
ILLCH 32
 
2nd
LALAF 90
MLGN 60
 
2nd
TULSA 58
MIZST 55
 
2nd
UWGB 44
MORE 31
 
2nd
NEOM 61
NCOL 46
 
2nd
TTU 71
SCST 28
 
2nd
DEN 51
TAMCC 39
 
Half
STEPH 27
TXST 30
 
2nd
STLU 46
TXPA 37
 
Half
MEM 42
USCU 29
 
2nd
ILLST 39
TENNM 42
 
1st
MSU 13
EMICH 10
 
1st
GRCN 23
INCWORD 21
 
1st
STAN 15
LMU 24
 
1st
BAY 16
NMST 16
 
1st
CIN 10
SDST 16
 
1st
AUB 16
WINT 9
 
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NMU
CARK
 
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PEPP
HOW
 
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CPSL
NE
 
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UNLV
PORT
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OREG
CSNO
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WASH
GRAM
3rd
NJD 0
OTT 1
 
2nd
MIN 1
BOS 2
 
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VAN
DAL