LaMarcus Aldridge had 27 points and 17 rebounds as San Antonio lost for the third time in six games. DeMar DeRozan finished with 16 points and Rudy Gay had 18. The Spurs remained seventh in the Western Conference.
Corey Brewer made a pair of free throws to give Sacramento its largest lead at 101-89 with 7:19 remaining. San Antonio failed to score in the final 2 minutes, 53 seconds after DeRozan made a floating jumper that gave the Spurs a 106-105 lead.
The Kings had lost two straight and were playing less than 24 hours after being eliminated from the postseason in a loss to Houston on Saturday afternoon. That loss clinched the Spurs 22nd straight postseason appearance.
San Antonio came out listless following the playoff clincher.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was ejected with 9:04 remaining in the third quarter after charging onto the court to berate official Tyler Ford for an out-of-bounds call on Derrick White. On the previous possession, Ford called White for an offensive foul after a Kings player leapt onto him attempting to block a 3-pointer by Bryn Forbes. Ford then called the ball out of bounds against the Spurs when White stripped Harrison Barnes under the basket and the ball appeared to roll off Barnes leg. Popovich immediately charged the court, drawing the first technical, and then kept yelling at Ford, earning his second.
The technical temporarily invigorated the listless Spurs, who went on a 10-7 run after Hield made two free throws following the ejection.
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