DANNY GRANGER
Scored 22 points with six rebounds and a career-high six steals, making 9-of-23 shots overall including 0-of-6 from the 3-point line.
Name Min. +/- Name Min. +/-
Marquis Daniels 13:55 -4 David Harrison 18:45 +3
Travis Diener 29:02 -5 Troy Murphy 32:56 -13
Ike Diogu DNP --- Jermaine O'Neal DNP ---
Mike Dunleavy 31:17 -12 Andre Owens DNP ---
Jeff Foster 32:39 -19 Kareem Rush DNP ---
Stephen Graham 12:00 +4 Jamaal Tinsley DNP ---
Danny Granger 44:48 -13 Shawne Williams 5:40 +10
Flip Murray 18:58 -6
Season plus-minus | Box score
  • Points in the paint: Pacers 42, Spurs 40
  • Fast-break points: Pacers 12, Spurs 10
  • Second-chance points: Spurs 25, Pacers 8
  • Points off turnovers: Spurs 25, Pacers 21
  • Starters scoring: Spurs 69, Pacers 64
  • Bench scoring: Spurs 39, Pacers 33
  • In the third quarters of two games against the Spurs, the Pacers were outscored 56-30.
    The road trip concludes Saturday in Cleveland against LeBron James and the revamped Cavaliers (1 p.m., WFNI-AM 1070).

    San Antonio 108, Indiana 97
    Pacers can't dance with Spurs

    At San Antonio | March 6, 2008


    This quick trip is often referred to as the "Texas two-step."

    It felt more like a forced march than a dance for the Pacers, who once again fell victim to one of the league's hottest teams, losing 108-97 Thursday in San Antonio. After the Rockets extended their NBA-high winning streak to 16 with a 117-99 win over Indiana Wednesday night, the Spurs (43-17) won their 11th in a row.

    The Pacers (24-38) lost their second in a row overall and sixth straight in San Antonio.

    "The Spurs are a heck of a basketball team and that’s why they are the defending champions. We played a tough game last night and just didn’t have what it took to beat the Spurs," said Coach Jim O'Brien. "Clearly, playing both the Rockets and the Spurs is a very hard challenge for us right now. Not too many teams get the opportunity to play against a team that has 15 wins in a row and 11 in a row. We just didn’t have what it took to get things done."

    The Spurs reminded the Pacers a lesson previously taught a month ago: half a game is no game at all.

    As happened when the teams met on Feb. 5, San Antonio broke open a close game with a dominating third quarter and coasted to a blowout victory. The final margin was deceptively narrow; the Spurs led by as many as 23 in the fourth quarter before clearing the bench.

    The Pacers had reason for optimism heading into the second half trailing just 50-48 despite missing all 10 of their 3-point attempts – five by Danny Granger. But the Spurs immediately seized control behind Manu Ginobili, who scored the first five points in a 14-4 run that gave the home team a 64-52 lead and much-needed momentum. Mike Dunleavy hit Indiana's first 3-pointer of the game to cut it to 64-55 but the Pacers would get no closer.

    “We just didn't get it done as they're such a good team and so deep," said Granger. "They brought veterans off the bench as they did real good and they were just too much for us tonight."

    Granger led the Pacers with 22, adding six rebounds and a career-high steals, but shot 9-of-23 and was 0-of-6 from the 3-point line. Dunleavy scored 13 with five rebounds and two steals, Troy Murphy 13 with six rebounds and two steals, Travis Diener 11 and Flip Murray 11 off the bench. The Pacers had 17 steals but finished 3-of-19 from the 3-point line.

    Ginobili scored 28 on 10-of-13 shooting to lead the Spurs, who committed 21 turnovers but outrebounded Indiana 46-34. Tony Parker scored 19.

    Noteworthy …

  • Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich was ejected midway through the second quarter for vehemently protesting the lack of a foul call against Murphy, who was playing tight defense on the sideline against Ginobili.
  • Murphy picked up a type one flagrant foul against Ime Udoka in the fourth quarter.
  • Former Indiana University Coach Kelvin Sampson was seated with the Spurs staff, although the franchise has made no formal announcement of his hiring.
  • The Pacers had just 11 players available as Kareem Rush (hip) and Ike Diogu (foot) were unable to play and Jermaine O'Neal (left knee) and Jamaal Tinsley (left knee) were inactive.

    PACERS COACH JIM O'BRIEN
    (Tonight’s matchup) "I don’t point the finger at anybody. The Spurs are a heck of a basketball team and that’s why they are the defending champions. We played a tough game last night and just didn’t have what it took to beat the Spurs."
    (Two hot NBA teams back to back) "Clearly playing both the Rockets and the Spurs is a very hard challenge for us right now. Not too many teams get the opportunity to play against a team that has 15 wins in a row and 11 in a row. We just didn’t have what it took to get things done."
    (What makes the Spurs so good) "The Spurs have great talent and great coaching."
    PACERS FORWARD MIKE DUNLEAVY
    (on what makes the Spurs so good) “I think they're just pretty solid. Obviously they have three great players, not just good players but great players so on any given night two of them are going to have good nights, when three of them do they're nearly impossible to beat. They're just solid, been together for awhile, have learned certain principles as a veteran group and they have talent, so you put all those together and you've got a great team.”
    (on Manu Ginobili's performance) “He's a terrific player as he does a really good job of getting in the paint and making things happen. He had been shooting the three ball pretty well and even though we limited him to one shot he got to the basket and did other things.”
    (on what the team must do for the next game) “We've just got to regroup and get on certain things. We have 20 games left so if we can win 75 percent of them we have a chance.”
    PACERS FORWARD DANNY GRANGER
    (on the team's performance) “We just didn't get it done as they're such a good team and so deep. They brought veterans off the bench as they did real good and they were just too much for us tonight."
    (on Manu Ginobili's performance) “He's been doing that the latter part of his career, I want to say he's one of their leading scorers. When Tim Duncan and Parker don't have it, he's usually the one to come through. He has great role players and he had a good game.”
    (on what the team must do for the next game) “Next game, we've got to focus on Lebron. He has been scoring a lot lately so if we can handle him we will get the win.”