Inside the Game: Spurs 90, Pacers 87 100217

Player of the Game

Battled ferociously against Tim Duncan and DeJuan Blair throughout the game and produced 14 points, seven rebounds and six blocked shots in 32 remarkably active and aggressive minutes.


Name Game Season
Diener DNP -13
Dunleavy +11 -27
Ford -2 -195
Foster DNP -9
Granger -5 -87
Hansbrough DNP -56
Head -10 -5
Hibbert +9 -34
D. Jones -6 -171
S. Jones -13 -154
McRoberts DNP -16
Murphy 0 -293
Price DNP -4
Rush -9 -177
Watson +10 -90


  • Including their last three at Conseco Fieldhouse, the Spurs have won five in a row against the Pacers.
  • The Spurs' shooting percentage of .354 is the second lowest by Pacers' opponent in an Indiana loss this season. The Clippers shot .349 in a win over the Pacers in L.A., 12/5.
  • With tonight's loss, the Pacers are 0-6 against teams from the Southwest Division, including a record of 0-4 at home. The Pacers have won just four of their 19 games against Western Conference competition.
  • Tonight's game is the Pacers' fifth decided by three points or less and two of those five games have been against the Spurs. San Antonio beat Indiana, 100-99, at AT&T Center, 12/19.
  • Tim Duncan's eight points tonight are one off his season-low and represent his first game in single digits since scoring seven against Sacramento, 10/31.
    FGS (.639).

  • Hustle Board

    Points in the paint:

    Pacers 42, Spurs 34

    Fast-break points:

    Pacers 18, Spurs 13

    Second-chance points:

    Spurs 20, Pacers 12

    Points off turnovers:

    Pacers 15, Spurs 13

    Starters scoring:

    Pacers 64, Spurs 48

    Bench scoring:

    Spurs 42, Pacers 23

    Stat of the Night

    Tim Duncan shot 4-of-23 Wednesday night and was 12-of-41 (.293) in two games against them this season.

    Up Next

    The Pacers open a four-game road trip, their longest of the season, Friday in New Orleans (8 p.m., Fox Sports Indiana, 1070 The Fan).

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    Two times, the Pacers got the stop they needed in the closing seconds against the Spurs. Two times, they were foiled by Tim Duncan's offensive rebounding.

    Danny Granger's 3-pointer cut the San Antonio lead to 90-87 with 30 seconds left but they never got the ball back as Duncan tapped out two missed shots, the second just before the buzzer expired, to preserve the Spurs' victory before 14,947 Wednesday in Conseco Fieldhouse.

    When the teams met in San Antonio on Dec. 19, Roy Hibbert blocked Duncan's shot but the veteran grabbed the rebound and dunked to give the Spurs a 100-99 victory.


    The Pacers put forth a noble effort, particularly on defense, but emerged with their third straight loss and sixth in eight games to fall to 18-35 overall, 12-15 at home. It was their sixth straight loss to the Spurs, who improved to 31-21 overall, 12-11 on the road.

  • "If you would've told me we would hold them to 36 percent shooting, I would think we had a chance. The story of the game was the glass. They got 20 points on second chance opportunities." -- Jim O'Brien.
  • "I like the toughness they provide. They did a great job together." -- O'Brien on Earl Watson and T.J. Ford
  • "We were killed on second shot attempts. We shot pretty well, but evidently not well enough. The last play of the game was almost picture perfect for them. We've got to keep working, working on boxing out and helping others to get open. This isn't the way we would have liked to have it end tonight." -- Troy Murphy
  • "When I come off the bench, I like to add a spark to get things going. Coach went with a small, speedy lineup and it worked." -- T.J. Ford
  • "We can't look back at this night. This is the NBA. You can lose one night and be right back out there ready to go the second night. We've got to regroup tomorrow, get ourselves together. San Antonio is a great team and a very tough team." -- Ford
  • "We're no better than they are. I guess we have a few more wins than they do. But they're just as good as anyone else." -- Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich on the Pacers
  • "Both years I've come back have been great because we've won. That's all I can ask for. Walking away with the win, I'll take that over scoring a lot of points any day." -- Spurs guard and Indianapolis native George Hill


    The Pacers jumped out to a 20-10 lead but the Spurs countered with a 20-4 run in the second quarter to build a 44-35 advantage. Manu Ginobili's drive put San Antonio up 66-52 with 4:21 left in the third quarter but the small backcourt of Earl Watson and T.J. Ford sparked the Pacers on a remarkable 23-3 run bridging the quarters. Watson's tip of a Ford miss in transition gave the Pacers a 75-69 lead with 9:43 left in the game.

    With Duncan struggling through a nightmarish offensive night (4-of-23), Tony Parker and Ginobili took over down the stretch. Parker scored seven in a 13-4 counterpunch that put the Spurs up 82-79 with 5:33 remaining. Ginobili then had a three-point play and a jumper to make it 90-84 with 1:16 left.

    After Granger cut it to three, Ginobili missed on a drive but Duncan tapped it back out. With the shot-clock expiring, George Hill tossed up a desperation 26-footer that missed but Duncan tapped that one out, as well, and the buzzer sounded.


    Granger's 23 points led the Pacers. He was 8-of-17 from the field and pulled eight rebounds but committed four turnovers. Roy Hibbert battled Duncan throughout the game and produced 14 points, seven rebounds and six blocked shots (tying his career high). Ford had 14 points on 6-of-12 shooting off the bench, adding three assists, three rebounds and two steals. Troy Murphy had 16 rebounds but fell one point shy of a double-double. Watson flirted with a triple-double, producing nine points, eight assists and six rebounds as well as three steals. The Pacers shot .422 overall but were just 5-of-19 from the 3-point line. They were outrebounded 56-47.

    The Spurs shot .354 and were 7-of-24 from the 3-point line but had 17 offensive rebounds and as a result attempted 16 more shots than the Pacers. Parker had a game-high 28 points on 11-of-20 shooting and Ginobili had 18 points, seven assists and six rebounds. Richard Jefferson had 13 with six rebounds off the bench. Duncan came up one short of career highs in total rebounds (26) and offensive boards (11), adding five assists and two blocks. He scored eight points.