Game Rewind: Pacers 92, Spurs 106
The Indiana Pacers came into tonight’s contest looking to be the first team to beat the San Antonio Spurs in the Lone Star State, but the Spurs are still perfect at home after a 106-92 victory. They’ve now won all 16 games played at the AT&T Center. Indiana hung with the perennial Western Conference power for a good portion of the game, the difference being the end of the third and entire fourth quarter.
Both usually high-powered offenses got off to slow starts. Through the first six minutes Indiana shot 3-of-9, and San Antonio wasn’t any better at 3-of-10. The offenses picked it up towards the end of the period and San Antonio led 25-23 heading into the second quarter.
The offenses were much better in the second as the teams combined for 52 points. Behind excellent bench play, the Spurs opened up a 10-point lead midway through the quarter. Indiana responded with a 12-4 run to cut the lead to two and get back into the contest. Indiana trailed 50-48 at halftime.
In the second half the Spurs, spearheaded by reigning Western Conference Player of the Week Kawhi Leonard, took control. The teams were tied at 60 with 6:37 left in the third, but San Antonio finished the quarter on a 19-10 run to lead 79-70. In the third alone, Leonard scored 11 of his game-high 24 points.
In the fourth, Leonard picked up where he left off. He began the quarter with a circus shot three-point play to push the lead to 11. Indiana tried to rally but couldn’t get any closer than eight. The dagger came at the 3:11 mark in the form of a Manu Ginobili three, which gave San Antonio an insurmountable 15-point lead.
Rodney Stuckey led Indiana in scoring with 16 points. George Hill made three 3-pointers and finished with 15 points. Jordan Hill was one rebound short of a double-double, with 15 points and nine rebounds.
For San Antonio, support for Leonard came mainly from Tony Parker (15 points, four assists) and Boris Diaw (14 points, eight rebounds).
The Pacers are now 4-7 against Western Conference opponents and will face another when they host the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday.
Inside the Numbers
Five of Jordan Hill’s nine rebounds were on the offensive glass.
San Antonio only attempted nine free-throws, making eight.
Boris Diaw’s +/- rating of +22 was the game’s highest.
You Can Quote Me On That
“Most of his turnovers are bad passes, but he is trying to be a willing passer. He is trying to create but just not completing a lot of them. When a guy is trying to make the right play, you let him play through it and hopefully it resolves itself.” -Pacers head coach Frank Vogel on Paul George
“I had a lot of good looks, a lot of open looks, a lot of shots I’ve made all season long. It just wasn’t my night, I couldn’t get it to fall.” -Paul George
“I think we made a good run. I think what changed later in that game, they got a lot of loose balls and turned them into big shots, or a rebound and turned them into three’s, things like that. A couple of getting out of transitions, getting the easy looks for them was the difference at the end.” -George Hill
“He did a great job on a great player. That’s all you can say. He did a fantastic job on a great player.” -Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich on Kawhi Leonard’s defense on Paul George
“Obviously, the whole team was focused on Paul George, one of the best scorers in the league and everybody did a good job, Kawhi especially. He did great tonight.” -Parker
by Kyle Grand