JAMAAL TINSLEY
Scored 20 points, including the game-winning basket, adding eight assists, four steals and three rebounds.
RICK CARLISLE
"We knew we were going to have to play very, very well to win the game. We played great in the first half and we knew if we hung in and stayed an ounce more aggressive than them in the second half we'd give ourselves a chance. It was that close of a game. … We had to play as good a game as we played all year, especially without Jermaine out there, to give ourselves a chance. We finally had some good fortune at the end."
Points in the Paint:
Pacers 30, Spurs 28
Fast-break points:
Spurs 14, Pacers 9
2nd-chance points:
Spurs 17, Pacers 16
Points off turnovers:
Spurs 15, Pacers 11
Starters scoring:
Pacers 77, Spurs 52
Bench scoring:
Spurs 47, Pacers 23
The Pacers' last two victories have come over two of the hottest teams in the league – Miami, which had won 10 of 11 prior to Indiana's 95-70 rout on March 23, and San Antonio, which had won 19 of 21 heading into Sunday's game.
The brief homestand wraps up Tuesday in Conseco Fieldhouse against Chauncey Billups and the Detroit Pistons (7 p.m., FSN-Indiana).
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  • INDIANA 100, SAN ANTONIO 99
    Tinsley's Shot Shocks Spurs

    By Conrad Brunner | April 1, 2007


    For weeks, Rick Carlisle has been preaching the mantra, continually referring to Jamaal Tinsley as "our second-best player." With Jermaine O'Neal out once again due to injuries to his left knee and ankle, Tinsley assumed even more prominent status Sunday -- and proved up to the task.

    The oft-maligned point guard brought the Pacers back from a eight-point deficit in the final four minutes and scored the game-winning basket on a driving layup past Tim Duncan with 1.1 seconds remaining as the Pacers shocked San Antonio 100-99 in Conseco Fieldhouse.

    With Tinsley leading the charge at both ends, the Pacers outscored the Spurs 12-3 in the final 3:49, shutting the visitors out from the field. Tinsley also made two key defensive plays in the final minute, including deflecting away an inbounds past that left the Spurs with just three-tenths of a second to produce a game-winning shot of their own, which wasn't enough as Duncan's harried turnaround didn't draw rim.

    Five players scored at least 16 points as the Pacers (32-41) snapped a four-game losing streak and picked up a full game on eighth-place Orlando (34-40), which lost 105-104 in overtime to Minnesota Sunday. Indiana trails the Magic by 1½ games but holds the tie-breaker by virtue of a better record against Eastern Conference teams.

    The Spurs (52-21) had a six-game winning streak snapped and lost for just the third time in 22 games.


    PLUSES

    Tinsley finished with 20 points, eight assists, four steals and three rebounds but, with O'Neal out and Jeff Foster playing just the first quarter before leaving with back spasms, the Pacers had to get uplifting performances from a variety of sources. The most encouraging was from Ike Diogu. Coming off his first DNP-CD since joining the Pacers Friday in Orlando, Diogu had a double-double in the second half alone (14 points, 11 rebounds) and finished with 18 points and a career-high 13 rebounds. Mike Dunleavy (21 points, seven rebounds, two assists, two steals) and Troy Murphy (20 points 8-of-14 shooting, two steals, two blocks) both came up big and Danny Granger contributed 16 points. The Pacers shot 46.8 percent, outrebounded the Spurs 41-38 despite the absence of their top two rebounders and generally kept Duncan from becoming engaged in the proceedings with a swarming defense that limited him to 11 shots and harassed him into seven turnovers.
    MINUSES
    The Spurs got their usual big lift from the bench as Michael Finley scored 17 and Manu Ginobili 13, while starting point guard Tony Parker scored 22 with seven rebounds and seven assists. Duncan scored 17 points with 11 rebounds and two blocks but was anything but a dominant force.
    MOMENTS
    It appeared the Pacers played as well as they could in the first half, shooting 51.2 percent and committing just six turnovers, but they still trailed the Spurs 54-53 at the break. Murphy and Diogu sparked a 12-4 run early in the third quarter that pushed the Pacers into a 67-60 lead and visibly frustrated the Spurs, as Duncan picked up a technical foul after one of his turnovers forced by a defense that seemed to keep him constantly surrounded.

    Tinsley hit a 3-pointer, then drove for a bucket that gave the Pacers an 84-80 lead with 9:10 remaining but the Spurs then dug in. Duncan scored seven of his points in a 16-4 run that gave the visitors a 96-88 lead with 3:49 remaining and it appeared Indiana had run out of gas. But Tinsley wouldn't stop rolling. He converted a three-point play, drove for another basket, then broke down the defense and fed Murphy for an open 3-pointer that tied the game at 98-all with 1:26 left.

    Neither team scored on its next two possessions until Ginobili attacked the basket and drew a foul on Diogu with 6.3 seconds remaining. He missed one of two shots – the Spurs were 3-of-7 from the line in the final 3 minutes – to leave the door open. The Pacers put the ball in Tinsley's hands and he used a crushing pick from Diogu to lose defender Bruce Bowen and then drove past a fully extended Duncan for the game-winner.


    TIDBITS
  • The Pacers improved to 3-8 in games played without O'Neal.
  • The Pacers also improved to 7-17 when Tinsley attempts at least 15 shots.
  • Indiana won for just the second time in eight games on Sunday.
  • The Pacers finished 10-20 against Western Conference teams,