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Gay, Ginobili leads Spurs over Kings to grab the playoff spot



SAN ANTONIO (AP) The Spurs seemed to be a perfect free-agent target as Rudy Gay was looking for a guaranteed playoff spot after only one injury time in eleven previous seasons.

This assurance was eroded by injury this season. Gay made sure that two decades of success in his first year in San Antonio did not come to an end.

Gay scored 18 points, Manu Ginobili 17 and the Spurs rallied late to beat the Sacramento Kings 98-85 on Monday night (19659004) Article below …

"It feels good, it feels It's great, "said Gay. "That's why the regular season is here to get where we are now, that's a good feeling, something I'm looking forward to, something I've been looking forward to for a long time, it's going to be fun." [1

9659002] San Antonio is fifth in the Western Conference, although Kawhi Leonard is only available for nine games this season. The Spurs still have a slim chance of finishing fourth and getting a home advantage in the first round. For now, they are only happy to make the playoffs.

"For moments, we felt like the worst team in the NBA," said Ginobili, "but we managed to play nearly 50 games and make it to the payoffs in a conference that is tough and talented and young and so we could compete. "

Sacramento, which was eliminated from postseason on March 11th, scored 14 points before beating 38-19 in the fourth quarter.

Reserves Gay, Ginobili and Bryn Forbes 25 points in the fourth quarter. Forbes finished with a total of 11 points

"It's hard when Rudy leaves, everything goes in," said Willie Cauley-Stein, who ended with 25 points and 10 rebounds.

Gay had eight points, five rebounds, one assistant and one blockade in the fourth quarter.

San Antonio surpassed Sacramento 50-25 after Gay entered the game with 6:38 remaining in the third quarter.

"The way I grew up, you learn that you never have everything that was given to you, so you have to get it alone," said Gay.

Forbes' quick break from Kyle Anderson gave San Antonio his first advantage at 68-67 with 10: 21 left. Sacramento returned seconds later when Buddy Hield hit a 3-pointer, and the lead changed hands three times before Ginobili and Gay put a stop to the Spurs.

Gay and Ginobili had thundering dunks in the last five minutes that helped San Antonio keep small pencils. Gay also had a 3-point move from a runner he threw, tearing the ball off Cauley Stone while blocking the 7-foot shot.

A 3-pointer from Forbes and a layup from Ginobili 30 seconds later gave the Spurs an 82-77 lead with 5:23 remaining.

"He did a great job," Ginobili said of Forbes. "Not only to shoot, it's easy to see the 3 or the 2 big shots he got, but he played very solid defense, he was a plague that chased them around, we really changed the game, when he was on court. "

LaMarcus Aldridge added 15 points and 14 rebounds, but was 6 for 19.

De'Arthon Fox added 21 points and Hield had 17 for the Kings

TIP-INS

Kings: Fox's season high for 3-pointers is six against the Spurs on January 28th. … The Kings' last victory over the Spurs was on November 15, 2014 in Sacramento and their last victory in San Antonio was January 20, 2012. … Sacramento was without Iman Shumpert (left knee surgery), Garrett Temple (sprained left Ankle), Skal Labissiere (sprained left ankle), Frank Mason (sore left heel) and Harry Giles (19659002) Spurs: San Antonio's series of playoff appearances is the longest active series in the four major professional sports. The NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins are second with 12, followed by the NFL New England Patriots with nine and the Los Angeles Dodgers in the MLB with five. … Aldridge had his 27th double-double of the season, most of what he had in three seasons with the Spurs. The 12-year-old veteran had 26 double doubles in his first season in San Antonio and 18 last season.

BEING REALISTIC

The Spurs must adapt to a new reality after becoming a championship contender for most of The Last Two Decades

Injuries to Leonard, Gay, Anderson, Ginobili, Tony Parker, and others San Antonio almost cost a playoff spot.

"Sometimes you have to adjust your goals relative to your potential, the way you've played as the season runs," said Ginobili. "So we have to be realistic, maybe we will not be the favorites this year or maybe it will not be a sixties season like the previous ones, but after what happened in February and early March, we had to postpone our expectations The goal was to make it to the playoffs, once we've won, we can think about the league table, but the way the West is this year is crazy, everything is so clogged up that we got to this Time is good. "

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