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Posted: Friday, July 31, 2020 11:15 pm | Updated: 11:46 pm, Fri Jul 31, 2020.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — DeMar DeRozan scored 17 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter to help the San Antonio Spurs pull away and beat the Sacramento Kings 129-120 on Friday night.

“He understands the important parts of the game,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “He feels it.”

Before the game, Popovich and assistant Becky Hammon stood for the national anthem while the remainder of the coaches and players for both teams knelt. Popovich talked at length after the game about the importance of keeping the focus on racial injustice and inequality, but did not explain why he chose not to kneel.

“Everybody has to make a personal decision,” he said. “The league's been great about that. Everybody has the freedom to react any way they want. Whatever reasons I have, I reacted the way I wanted to.”

DeRozan shot 10 of 13 and had 10 assists for the Spurs, who shot 53.3 percent from the field.

Derrick White matched a career high with 26 points in San Antonio’s first game of the restart. The Spurs needed to find offense because LaMarcus Aldridge, the team’s No. 2 scorer, had shoulder surgery in April and will not play in the restart.

“He’s expanded his game,” Popovich said. “He’s one of our top defenders. Maybe even the top. He contests threes, he takes charges. He’s really developed into a fine player.”

DeRozan supported Popovich and Hammon.

“It's all out of a positive side of their hearts,” DeRozan said. “Same way we kneel. Don't away take nothing from those guys. Pop speaks up. When it comes to Becky, she's there on the front line fighting for equality.”

De'Aaron Fox scored a career-high 39 points.

“We put a lot on him, but he shows in games like tonight what he’s capable of," Kings coach Luke Walton said.

Bogdan Bogdanovic added 24 for the Kings, who are trying to break a 13-year playoff drought.

The teams flipped positions in the standings, with the Spurs moving a half-game ahead of the Kings. Both are in the cluster chasing the Memphis Grizzlies for the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference.

The Kings led 65-64 at halftime behind 20 points from Fox. The Kings shot 57 percent before the break. White scored 15 points in the first half.

San Antonio led 114-112 before DeRozan scored 10 points in the final 2:23 to help put the game out of reach.

"We knew he was coming, but we weren't able to stop him," Walton said.

TIP-INS

Kings: Announced Friday that Harrison Barnes and his wife Brittany are donating more than $200,000 to nonprofits that were created by the families of victims of police brutality and gun violence. ... Were assessed a technical foul for delay of game in the third quarter.

Spurs: Rudy Gay scored 19 points and Lonnie Walker added 16. ... The Spurs got assists on 32 of their 48 baskets.

DENTAL WORK

White took five charges and has a chipped tooth to show for it.

Popovich appreciated White's effort.

“It’s hard for a coach to say, ‘Don’t take that charge.’ He’s a big guy. He’s OK.”

DeRozan joked that White was complaining about the tooth after the game.

“I'm pretty sure he can buy some new teeth,” DeRozan said.

YOUNG CONTRIBUTORS

San Antonio's young players showed up. Keldon Johnson, a rookie wing player out of Kentucky, played a season-high 30 minutes and scored eight points. Guard Quinndary Weatherspoon, a rookie from Mississippi State, played in just his fourth NBA game. Both played most of the season with the Austin Toros, the team's G League affiliate.

INJURY REPORT

Spurs guard Marco Belinelli left the game in the third quarter with a sprained ankle. Popovich did not have an update after the game.

UP NEXT

Kings: Play the Orlando Magic on Sunday.

Spurs: Play the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday.

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