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Gay misses late shot; Kings lose seventh straight

SAN ANTONIO -- Rudy Gay rose above Boris Diaw for a shot in one of his favorite spots on the floor with 1.9 seconds to play.

The shot, a 15-footer from the baseline, wasa tad short. Derrick Williams tried to tip the ball back in, but his leap and swipe at the ball were mis-timed.

In the end, the Kings lost 95-93 to the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday night at AT&T Center.

It was Sacramento's seventh consecutive loss, its longest skid of the season.

The Kings played without DeMarcus Cousins for the sixth straight game.

Their leading scorer has been out since badly spraining his left ankle Jan. 22 at Houston.

But Sacramento still had a chance, even though its offensive execution broke down at times in the fourth quarter. The Kings had a shot they wanted for the win -- it just didn't go in.

"Honestly, I wish I had that back, because I don't think I miss that too many other times," Gay said. "I didn't really feel like I shot it the way I would have shot it any other time."

Kings coach Michael Malone said he was proud of the Kings' performance and their chances with the ball in Gay's hands.

"I think Rudy -- being a guy that has won a lot of games at the end -- giving him a shot to a cleared side, to his right hand, I'm going to live with that shot," Malone said. "I think he got a high-percentage look and him being our best player on the floor at that time who had a very good night, I'll live with the result."

The Kings hurt themselves in the fourth quarter. After building a 10-point lead in the third quarter, they shot 4 of 16 from the field in the fourth and were outscored 24-15.

The Spurs played without injured Manu Ginobili, Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green but executed down the stretch.

"They do that time and time again against a lot of great teams," Gay said. "So we're not surprised that they did that, but we still had a chance to win it."

It was the second game in a row the Kings lost because they couldn't withstand a late rally. Dallas outscored the Kings 32-22 in the fourth quarter for a four-point win Friday night.

"I have to do a better job," Malone said. "I take a lot of responsibility because I'm the head coach and I have to help them more (with) our execution in fourth quarters."

The Kings did execute some key plays in the final seconds to have a chance to win.

After wasting too much time before intentionally fouling at Dallas, the Kings (15-32)quickly fouled Tim Duncan with 12 seconds to play before he could get the ball to a good free-throw shooter.

Duncan missed both free throws to set up Gay's final attempt.

"We're getting closer and closer to winning these games," Gay said. "We're playing against great teams, and we're playing them down to the wire."

Gay finished with 23 points, seven rebounds, six assists and five steals. Isaiah Thomas had 26 points and five assists. Williams had 14 points off the bench, and Quincy Acy matched his career high with 10 rebounds off the bench.

Without having to deal with Cousins, Duncan had his way in the middle for San Antonio (34-13), which ended a three-game losing streak.

Duncan had 23 points, 17 rebounds and five assists. Tony Parker added 18 points and 10 assists.

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