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Sacramento Kings' Domantas Sabonis, center, drives between San Antonio Spurs' Jakob Poeltl (25) and Jeremy Sochan during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)

SAN ANTONIO (AP) ā€” Domantas Sabonis scored a season-high 34 points and had 11 rebounds and the Sacramento Kings beat San Antonio 119-109 on Wednesday night, handing the beleaguered Spurs their seventh straight loss.

De'Aaron Fox added 31 points for Sacramento, which has won two straight and nine of 12 to remain atop the Pacific Division.

The Spurs, who have lost 12 of 13, were led by a season-high 22 points from rookie Malaki Branham. But already without Devin Vassell, the Spurs lost starters Tre Jones and Jeremy Sochan to injury in the first quarter.

Even without three of its top six scorers, San Antonio kept pace with Sacramento's league-leading offense for most of the game. Josh Richardson added 19 points for the Spurs in his return after missing three games with a sore left knee.

Sacramento, which matched its season average of 119.5 points per game, went on a 14-2 run in taking a 49-37 lead midway through the second quarter.

The Spurs pulled within three points twice in the third quarter and cut the deficit to 89-88 two minutes into the fourth on Doug McDermott's cutting layup. But the Kings responded each time with a short run to maintain their advantage.

TIP-INS

Kings: Sabonis' previous high was 31 points against Denver on Dec. 28. ... Sacramento did not have a single player listed on its injury report. ... The Kings clinched the season series with their third victory over The Spurs. The series finale is April 2 in Sacramento. The Kings' last loss to the Spurs was 136-117 on Nov. 10, 2021, in San Antonio.

Spurs: Sochan exited with 5:11 remaining in the first quarter after clutching at his lower back. Sochan was fouled while fighting for position under the rim against Fox. ... Jones left with 2:58 remaining in the first after injuring his left foot. ... G Romeo Langford missed his fifth straight game with left adductor tightness.

UP NEXT

Kings: At Indiana on Friday.

Spurs: Host Philadelphia on Friday.

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