Postgame Report: Spurs 126, Pacers 121 090403
All-Star produced his fourth straight game of at least 31 points, scoring 35 on 15-of-24 shooting, including 3-of-4 from the 3-point line, adding four rebounds and one steal.
Their 121 points represented the most the Pacers have scored against the Spurs in 34 meetings dating back to a 121-109 victory on Jan. 2, 1991. In 22 of the past 24 meetings, the Pacers have been held below 100 points.
The Pacers play their next-to-last road game of the season Sunday in Oklahoma City against Kevin Durant and the Thunder. (7 p.m., 1070 The Fan). Please note, the game will not be televised by Fox Sports Indiana.
April 3, 2009 at Conseco Fieldhouse
Spurs 126, Pacers 121
PACERS COACH JIM O'BRIEN
“I thought we played a really good offensive game. They’re a tough team to guard but I thought we let ourselves down defensively."
(On Tony Parker) "He’s brutal to stay in front of. He hit a huge shot from the corner. He’s the quickest guy in the world and he’s savvy. We did some things in the first three quarters where you just scratch your head. "
(On the playoffs) "To tell the truth, it’s in the back of my mind. We’re playing to get better and if we have to play for pride, that’s not a bad thing to play for.”
PACERS FORWARD TROY MURPHY
“We dug ourselves a very deep hole and they’re too good of a team for us to come out of it. They are one of the elite teams in the league and they win every year. And they were just a little too much for us tonight."
"We are 16-6 on home court (in 2009) and we have to just keep trying to finish out the season strong and winning these last games."
(On his health) "I feel pretty good. No problems at this point.”
PACERS CENTER JEFF FOSTER
“We don’t win if we don’t play 48 minutes. We didn’t do that tonight and we lost."
"This is why they’re one of the best teams in the NBA and we must pick up things and get ready for tomorrow night. This is the NBA. One game comes right after another.”
SPURS COACH GREGG POPOVICH
“It was a good game. The fans got their money’s worth. Timmy (Tim Duncan) was great and Tony (Parker) was great. That was the difference in the game."
" Coach O’Brien was smart putting Murphy (Troy) at the five and playing small at the end of the game. We had them under control most of the game. Then they (Indiana) had a great run. Indiana showed a lot of pride coming back and playing the way they did.”
SPURS GUARD TONY PARKER
(On almost blowing the big lead) "It was tough. We had a big lead at the start of the fourth quarter and then Indiana shot the ball so well in that quarter. I can’t remember the last time we let a team score 40 points in a fourth quarter. They were hitting all their shots. Troy Murphy and Danny Granger were making big shots. We were fortunate to win. We were trying to stop them. It’s not like we were letting them score. They just shot the ball well."
"I don’t feel that we are playing the way we would want to play with the playoffs coming up. It was good to bounce back and win this game tonight, after losing at home the other night to Oklahoma City.”
SPURS GUARD GEORGE HILL
(On being back Indiana as a professional) "It was a blessing. It was fun to get out there and have a chance to run up and down the court. It’s just a blessing to be part of this organization and play with them. I had to wait a little to get out there and for Coach to call my number. It feels good, especially as rookie to be on the floor in a close game at the end, to know that he trusts me and has confidence in me."
"What I’ve learned so far is that it takes hard work. I think we are one of the hardest working teams in the NBA, from Tim Duncan on down to the last man on the roster. Tim is in the gym early working on his game and it let’s you know that you have to be in there working as well.”
SPURS FORWARD DREW GOODEN
(On the Spurs taking over in the final two minutes) "That’s what we’ve been doing. When the going gets tough, we have, I think, some championship-caliber basketball to get us back into games and have a chance to win them. But we need that switch turned on early in the first halves and the beginning of the second halves. Then we wouldn’t have to do it late in the fourth."
(On it being a big win for the Spurs) "It is. To win your first road game on a three game trip is a good catalyst to kick you into the next one."
(On their playoff push) "With us right now, it’s mental focus and putting things away.”