TIM DUNCAN
The Spurs' centerpiece produced 19 points, 15 rebounds and six assists in a typically understated yet thoroughly dominating performance.
Name Min. +/- Name Min. +/-
Marquis Daniels 12:26 -3 David Harrison 10:36 -8
Travis Diener 29:33 -17 Troy Murphy 29:16 -13
Ike Diogu 6:55 -8 Jermaine O'Neal DNP ---
Mike Dunleavy 35:30 -16 Andre Owens DNP ---
Jeff Foster 22:21 -7 Kareem Rush 17:18 -15
Stephen Graham 6:55 -8 Jamaal Tinsley 18:27 -10
Danny Granger 30:41 -25 Shawne Williams 20:02 -5
Season plus-minus | Box score
  • Points in the paint: Spurs 30, Pacers 18
  • Fast-break points: Pacers 13, Spurs 5
  • Second-chance points: Spurs 14, Pacers 5
  • Points off turnovers: Pacers 14, Spurs 11
  • Starters scoring: Spurs 69, Pacers 61
  • Bench scoring: Spurs 47, Pacers 28
  • The Spurs are in the midst of their annual "rodeo road trip" trek which brings nine games in 17 days as the team will travel 7,466 miles. Since 2002-03, they've posted a 31-12 record on the annual rodeo trip, including a 2-2 mark this year.
    The Pacers travel to New York to face the Knicks Wednesday in Madison Square Garden (7:30, FSN-Indiana, WFNI-AM 1070).

    San Antonio 116, Indiana 89
    Hot start fades into frigid finish

    By Conrad Brunner | Feb. 5, 2008


    The first sign of trouble actually came at the end of the first quarter when the Pacers, despite a stunning 15-of-19 shooting performance, led by just two points. The second sign came at halftime when the Pacers, despite shooting .676, found themselves in a 59-all tie.

    When the shots stopped falling, the trouble started, and never really finished. Breaking open the game in the third quarter by holding the previously hot Pacers to nine points and 4-of-22 shooting, San Antonio cruised to a 116-89 victory Tuesday in Conseco Fieldhouse.

    The most lopsided loss of the season punctuated the Pacers' seventh consecutive loss – the longest skid since last year's 11-gamer – and dropped Indiana to 19-30. San Antonio, playing the fourth of a nine-game, 17-day trip, improved to 30-16 overall, 4-0 on the road against Eastern Conference teams.

    "They turned it up a notch-and-a-half in the third quarter and we just did not match that notch-and-a-half," said Coach Jim O'Brien. "We played a solid first half but did not have what it took against the defending champions to match them in the second half.… I think our guys knew Coach (Gregg) Popovich was not going to be happy with how they defended us in the first half and they weren't. The came out and played at a whole different level defensively."

    After making 15 of 19 in the first 12 minutes, the Pacers shot 15 of 50 in the next 32 minutes. They started the second half by missing their first seven shots and went 2-of-19 during a stretch in which the Spurs put together a game-turning 22-4 run to build an 81-63 lead.

    The Pacers, who shot 11-of-42 (.262) in the second half and were outrebounded 45-27 overall, got no closer than 11 the rest of the way.

    "We had much better focus defensively and they finally started to miss some shots," said the Spurs' Tim Duncan, who had 19 points, 15 rebounds and six assists. "In the first half, it seemed like they didn’t miss anything. It was like a shooting gallery. Fortunately our offense was pretty sharp and kept up with them and allowed us to stay in the game."

    Despite their hot shooting in the first half, the Pacers never led by more than six points (33-27 late in the first quarter). Starters Danny Granger, Troy Murphy, Mike Dunleavy and Travis Diener combined for 51 points on 21-of-28 (.750) shooting in the first half; those four produced eight points on 1-of-11 (.091) in the second.

    “We had some chances tonight but we didn’t get it done," said Jamaal Tinsley. "They made shots, we didn’t in the second half. We must improve on our chemistry and return to a high level of work ethic. We’ve got to figure it out, play 48 minutes on both sides of the ball and let things come as they do. "

    Granger scored 16 and had a career-high five blocked shots. Murphy scored 15 with seven rebounds and three assists, while Dunleavy and Diener had 14 apiece. The reserves were outscored 47-28 by their San Antonio counterparts and combined to shoot 11-of-35 (.314).

    The Spurs had seven players score in double figures, Jacque Vaughn had 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting off the bench, Many Ginobili 15 points and seven assists, Bruce Bowen 14 points, Michael Finley 11 and Fabricio Oberto 10 with eight rebounds. Signed by the Spurs just two days prior, Damon Stoudamire started at point guard in his San Antonio debut and had 11 points in 22 minutes.

    PACERS COACH JIM O'BRIEN
    Listen to Coach O'Brien's postgame press conference
    “They turned it up another notch, in the third quarter and we didn’t have that notch to match them. I think our guys knew coach Pop wouldn’t be happy with how they defended us in the first half. They are hard to guard, especially, when they go small with four perimeter shooters and Duncan. I’m searching for every button we can push. We need a win. This is no time to lick your wounds. You do everything necessary to get on the positive side of the ledger at the end of the evening.”
    PACERS GUARD JAMAAL TINSLEY
    “We had some chances tonight but we didn’t get it done. They made shots, we didn’t in the second half. We must improve on our chemistry and return to a high level of work ethics. We’ve got to figure it out, play 48 minutes on both sides of the ball and let things come as they do. San Antonio is a tough team. They know each other and they’ve been playing together for awhile.”
    PACERS GUARD MIKE DUNLEAVY
    (On difference in first half to second half) We must give them a lot of credit for adjusting their defense and stopping us. We became stagnant and you don’t win games that way. You have to shoot better and play D (defense) better. It’s now on to New York tomorrow. This is the NBA.”
    SPURS COACH GREGG POPOVICH
    “Both teams were playing brother-in-law, meaning you score and then I score in the first half. In the third quarter, we played good defense which made a difference in the game. We played a good quarter defensively. We maintained defense in the second half and that’s what you have to do. We had a good night offensively. "
    (On Damon Stoudemire) He did a good job. He moved the basketball and he caught on very quickly. He was impressive. He had to do a crash course in 48 hours. He spent a lot of time with the coaches, very focused and the players were even teaching him. "
    (On Jacque Vaughn) "He was fantastic. He does a great job with leadership. He moved the ball and took open shots."
    (On the team) "We need to be more consistent. We lost games we shouldn’t have lost. We have changed some things defensively.”
    SPURS FORWARD TIM DUNCAN
    “(On the difference in the second half from the first) "We had much better focus defensively and they finally started to miss some shots. In the first half seemed like they didn’t miss anything. It was like a shooting gallery. Fortunately our offense was pretty sharp and kept up with them and allowed us to stay in the game. I thought in the first half we moved the ball well. That was not a problem at all. Fortunately, we made some shots and were able to stay toe to toe with them."
    (On the team) "We’ve been an up and down team, up and down. We had a good win at Phoenix the other night and I think that helped us a lot. We’ve got a lot of road games still coming up, so right now we’re still trying to find out road personality."
    SPURS GUARD MANU GINOBILI
    “We were not very happy with our effort in the first half. In the third quarter we stepped it up on defense. We improved totally and that is what changed the game. We moved the ball pretty well on offense. They like to blitz a lot and do a lot of rotating, so we just continued to look for the open shot. Tim (Duncan) had a great game and we made a couple of adjustments at halftime to help us on defense."
    (On Damon Stoudemire) "Damon did very well. He made some shots. He’s just trying to get used to us. It’s tough to feel like you are a part of a team right away. But you can see that he is willing to be a part of us.”