SAN ANTONIO -- It didn't take long to see the Sacramento Kings had lost their two-game mojo that had them piling up points and assists.
Less than five minutes into the game, coach Keith Smart sat all five of his starters.
"There was no pace to what we were doing," Smart said. "...We didn't have anything. Nothing. I'm searching to find something to stop this onslaught because it was going downhill very, very fast."
It never really stopped going downhill in a 130-102 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night at AT&T Center.
The Kings ended their five-game road trip 1-4 and early on the Kings looked like a team ready to get home after eight days on the road.
The Kings were down 14-4 when Smart removed his starters with 7:24 left in the first quarter.
The Kings have started slowly before, but there was no sign they'd bounce back against the Spurs.
"That group had played very, very well the last two basketball games but (Friday night) they had nothing in the tank to start the game off."
The Spurs put on what Smart called a "passing clinic" while the Kings looked woefully outclassed.
"Everything they tried to -- turnover, quick shots, bad shots," Smart said. "And then defensively we were horrendous to start the game off. The weakside awareness was not there. They put on a passing game clinic."
The Spurs shot 60.7 percent, besting the 56.3 percent the Miami shot Jan. 12 in Sacramento for the best by a Kings opponent this season. The Spurs also scored the most points in regulation against the Kings this season.
Miami scored 128 in January.
The Spurs had 41 assists, most by an opponent this season.
The Heat had 35 assists in both games against the Kings this season. It was also the most assists by the Spurs since Nov. 7, 1990 when the Spurs had 42 assists.
The Kings (20-40) were looking for their third consecutive game with at least 30 assists for the first time since Feb. 2004. The Kings were also trying to score at least 125 points for a third game in a row.
But with their turnovers and poor shooting, the Kings had only 20 assists and just seven in the first half.
"We kind of gave up early," said center DeMarcus Cousins. "I'm disappointed. We can't come out that way."
The Spurs used teamwork to dissect the Kings' spotty defense. Eight Spurs scored in double figures.
The Kings had three players score in double figures.
The tone was set in the first five minutes, when all five San Antonio starters had already scored.
The Kings had five turnovers in the first five minutes and finished with 20 turnovers that led to 26 points for the Spurs (46-14).
"They just played good 'D'. They got deflections, they ran off our turnovers and we didn't get back. I think we were still trying to be aggressive but I think coach did the right job by taking us out and getting some new guys in."
The only bad news for the Spurs was losing starting point guard Tony Parker to a sprained left ankle in the third quarter.
The MVP candidate will be "out awhile" said coach Gregg Popovich after the game.
Cousins said the game was "absolutely" a setback to the good vibe from the previous two games.
Evans said the Kings can make up for Friday when they return home for a game Sunday against Charlotte "It's only one game and I think we can bounce back on Sunday," Evans said. "We've just got to be ready to play."
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