Player of the Game
ROY HIBBERT
Young center matched his career-high with 20 points on 9-of-15 shooting, adding seven rebounds, six blocked shots and three assists in 35 minutes.
Plus-Minus
Name Game Season Name Game Season
Diener DNP --- Dunleavy +2 +6
Ford -16 -164 Foster -5 -9
Granger DNP -58 - Hansbrough -5 -48
Head +11 +50 Hibbert +12 -1
D. Jones -5 -62 S. Jones DNP -50
McRoberts DNP -14 Murphy +3 -140
Price DNP +10 Rush -15 -58
Watson +13 +34
Hustle Board
  • Points in the paint: Pacers 42, Spurs 40
  • Fast-break points: Spurs 18, Pacers 9
  • Second-chance points: Spurs 12, Pacers 9
  • Points off turnovers: Pacers 13, Spurs 9
  • Starters scoring: Spurs 60, Pacers 58
  • Bench scoring: Pacers 41, Spurs 40
  • Stat of the Night
    San Antonio's bench leads the NBA with an average of 42.7 points per game but Indiana held a 41-40 advantage Saturday night.
    Quoteworthy
  • “The plan was for T.J. Ford to put the ball in the basket. That was our plan. T.J. has won a lot of basketball games for us in isolation situations.” -- Jim O'Brien on the last play-call.
  • "Roy played solid basketball tonight with six blocked shots and he did a really nice job in the low post for us.” -- O'Brien on Roy Hibbert.
  • “You gotta take your hat of to (Tim Duncan). I feel like I let the team down. I blocked it and then he got it right back. I should have made a second effort to try and get another block but I was off balance and he dunked it and finished it for his team.” -- Hibbert on Duncan's game-winner.
  • “You’re going to make some and you’re going to miss some. The coaches and my teammates have the belief that I can get that shot off. I got it up…I had the opportunity…but it just fell short.” -- Ford on his last shot.
  • "Roy Hibbert made a very good defensive play, I saw the guy come from the corner and tried to stretch it out and it just came right back to me. It was a little bit of luck – we’ll take it.'' -- Duncan on his game-winner.
  • Noteworthy
  • One night after the starters were outscored 100-54 in Memphis, O'Brien changed the lineup, benching T.J. Ford and Brandon Rush and promoting Earl Watson and Dahntay Jones.
  • Jeff Foster left the game late in the first quarter due to back pain and did not return.
  • O'Brien picked up his third technical foul of the season for protesting a no-call when Roy Hibbert fell to the floor in the first quarter. It was O'Brien's first technical since Nov. 20.
  • San Antonio lost forward Matt Bonner with a fractured bone in his hand in the second quarter.
  • Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich earned his 700th career victory, the 16th coach all-time to reach that milestone.
  • Up Next
    The Pacers return home to face rookie sensation Brandon Jennings and the Bucks Monday in Conseco Fieldhouse (7 p.m., Fox Sports Indiana, 1070 The Fan).
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    Duncan's dunk sinks Pacers
    END RESULT
    Down 13 in the first half, up 13 in the second, the Pacers rode a roller-coaster down to the wire with San Antonio. But after getting the initial defensive stop they needed when Roy Hibbert blocked Tim Duncan's shot in the lane, the veteran grabbed the rebound and dunked with 4.6 seconds left to lift the Spurs to a 100-99 victory over Indiana Saturday night in AT&T Center.

    The Pacers had one last shot but T.J. Ford's hurried fadeaway from the right wing bounced off the iron at the buzzer.

    IMPACT
    The Pacers dropped their third in four games overall and ninth in 10 road games to fall to 9-16. They've lost five in a row to the Spurs and eight in a row in San Antonio, a streak that dates back to 2002. The Spurs won for the fifth time in six games to improve to 14-10.

    KEY MOMENTS
    The Spurs closed the first quarter with a 15-3 run keyed by the second unit to open a 30-21 lead and stretched it to double figures in the early minutes of the second quarter. It was 50-37 late in the half when San Antonio missed five straight free throws and the Pacers took advantage of the opportunity, scoring the final eight points of the half to cut the deficit to 50-45 at the break.

    The Pacers dominated the third quarter, racking up 38 points against one of the NBA's top defensive teams while holding the Spurs to 7-of-22 shooting. Indiana closed the period with a 21-8 run, with Ford scoring eight, to take an 83-70 lead into the fourth quarter.

    Ford kept the Pacers in front in the earl minutes of the fourth as his jumper made it 89-79 with 8:07 left. But Duncan and Indianapolis native George Hill keyed a 19-6 run that pushed the Spurs into a 98-95 lead with 1:57 remaining.

    Ford found Rush cutting for a dunk, then Hibbert rebounded Ford's miss to give the Pacers a 99-98 lead with 1:12 to go. The teams traded empty possessions, with the Spurs taking a timeout with 10.2 seconds left to set up their final play. Though Hibbert got his sixth block, Duncan stayed with the play and scored the game-winner.

    The Pacers called a timeout with 4.6 seconds left to set up an isolation for Ford, who had an otherwise strong game but missed his final three attempts, including the potential game-winner.

    BY THE NUMBERS
    Troy Murphy was the high scorer for the Pacers with 21 on 8-of-13 shooting, including 3-of-4 from the 3-point line, adding seven rebounds. Hibbert tied his career-high with 20 points on 9-of-15 shooting, and produced seven rebounds, six blocked shots and three assists in 35 inspired minutes. Ford scored 14 with five assists off the bench. Mike Dunleavy scored 11 on 4-of-10 shooting, missing all five of his 3-point attempts. The Pacers shot well (.481) and were 6-of-17 (.353) from the 3-point line, committing just 10 turnovers. But they were outrebounded 51-38 and forced just nine Spurs turnovers.

    Duncan led San Antonio with 19 points, 16 rebounds and three blocked shots. Tony Parker shot 4-of-17 and scored 15, while Keith Bogans shot 6-of-8 and scored 14. Manu Ginobili had 13 and Hill 12 off the bench. Richard Jefferson scored 10. The Pacers shot .424 and missed 15 of their 38 free-throw attempts but made 11-of-13 in the fourth quarter.