SAN ANTONIO -- The first half ended with Francisco García holding his chin, massaging his jaw as he slowly walked the floor and peered at the rafters of the AT&T Center.
Still standing, but barely. And certainly feeling the brunt of so many blows.
A first half of historic futility ended with San Antonio up 50-23 Friday night, when the Kings' 96-80 loss to the Spurs only confirmed the ominous sign that was their season-opening nightmare in New Orleans two nights before.
On the bench, no one could blame point guard Beno Udrih for feeling the weight of unrealistic expectations upon his shoulders and perhaps longing for the days of yore in this building. Signed Thursday to fill the void left by Mike Bibby's devastating thumb injury, Udrih -- who won two NBA titles with the Spurs before he was traded to Minnesota and waived Monday -- is still days away from playing as he recovers from a finger injury of his own. The Kings, with Orien Greene and Quincy Douby continuing to man the position, are much further away from being able to even keep pace with the league's better teams.
Their 23 first-half points set a franchise record for fewest points scored, breaking a mark set by the Rochester Royals (25 points) against Boston on Feb. 26, 1957. That team, much like these Kings after a second half in which they outscored the Spurs 57-46, respectably recovered to fall 92-77.
The Kings set a franchise low for field goals made in a half (seven), beating the old mark of nine, and hit just 7 of 36 shots (19.4 percent) in what was a Spurs record for lowest field-goal percentage allowed in a half.
"We've got to stay together, to weather this, because this is what we're going to have for the next couple of games," Kings coach Reggie Theus said. "All I can tell you is I'm going to fight with them every day. We're going to push each other, and we're going to stay together.
"But somebody has got to step up ... and get us a handful of rebounds and let their presence be known. You can't run around in the game and be invisible."
Kings center Brad Miller hit 6 of 12 shots for 13 points. His four rebounds in 30 minutes did little, however, to aid the effort on the glass, where the Kings were beat 50-35.