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Game Recap: Spurs 100, Pacers 99

Kawhi Leonard scores 31 points and 10 rebounds, and the Spurs beat the Pacers 100-99.

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Game Recap: Spurs 100, Pacers 99

Kawhi Leonard scores 31 points and 10 rebounds, and the Spurs beat the Pacers 100-99.
Mar 1, 2017  |  02:17

Glenn Robinson III Throws Down with Force

March 1, 2017 - Slam Dunk Champ Glenn Robinson III got a bullet pass from Rodney Stuckey and hammered it with two hands.
Mar 1, 2017  |  00:17

PG Nails the 4-Point Play

March 1, 2017 - Pacers forward Paul George helped extend Indiana's lead by converting on the 4-point play.
Mar 1, 2017  |  00:10

Teague Throws the Lob for Turner

March 1, 2017 - Jeff Teague spotted Myles Turner rolling to the rim and hit him for the alley-oop.
Mar 1, 2017  |  00:09

C.J. Miles Gets the Bucket and Foul

March 1, 2017 - C.J. Miles takes it straight to the rack for the bucket and the foul.
Mar 1, 2017  |  00:10

Teague Hits Thad on the Pick and Roll

March 1, 2017 - The Pacers offense looked crisp early as Jeff Teague connected with Thad Young on the pick and roll.
Mar 1, 2017  |  00:07

Game Rewind: Pacers 99, Spurs 100

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 8:30 PM ET at the AT&T Center
by Kyle Grand

Game Rewind

The Indiana Pacers (31-30) battled valiantly but fell to the San Antonio Spurs (46-13), 100-99, in the AT&T Center.

San Antonio led 98-94 with a little more than two minutes left, but Indiana wasn't going down without a fight. C.J. Miles banked in a 3-pointer as the shot clock expired to cut the lead to one with 2:27 left. Then, Myles Turner drilled a jump shot to put the Pacers ahead 99-98 with 1:35 remaining.

On the Spurs' next possession, Manu Ginobili was denied at the rim by Turner. On the ensuing possession, Monta Ellis nearly turned it over, but came up with the loose ball and was fouled with 9.0 seconds to go with a chance to put Indiana up three.

Ellis missed both free throws, and Kawhi Leonard made the Pacers pay, nailing a fadeaway jumper with 2.9 seconds to play to give the home team a one-point advantage.

"Coach Pop drew up a good play," Leonard said of the winning shot. "LaMarcus [Aldridge] set a good screen for me. I got an easy catch in that corner. We had about nine seconds. I wanted to take my time and try to get a good shot off and it ended up going for me."

Paul George had a great look at a potential game-winning 3-pointer, but his attempt hit the back iron.

This game was competitive throughout. In the opening quarter, San Antonio jumped out to a 7-2 advantage, but Indiana followed with a 7-0 run to take the lead with 9:12 to play in the period. Near the quarter's midway point, the teams were tied at 13.

Indiana built a 24-17 lead with 2:36 left, but San Antonio came roaring back to end the quarter. Over the final two and a half minutes, the Spurs outscored Indiana 12-4 to lead 29-28 heading into the second.

In the second, the game remained close, with the Spurs leading 43-42 with 4:05 to play. The Pacers, led by five from George, scored the next seven to retake the lead and were able to take it with them into the locker room.

In the third, again the Pacers got out to a nice lead, this time an eight-point advantage, 58-50, only to see the home team answer with an 8-0 run to tie the contest with 6:54 to play in the quarter.

The second unit played well in the late stages of the period, helping Indiana establish a six-point advantage with two minutes to go. When the third was said and done, Indiana led 76-73.

The final period was highly competitive with neither team able to hold a lead for long. Indiana found itself ahead 84-81 with 8:41 remaining, but Dejounte Murray tied it with a triple.

The game was then tied at 89 and 91, before the Spurs went on a quick 5-0 spurt to lead 96-91 with four minutes and change to play, setting up what would be an epic finish.

"Good thing is we played a good team in Houston and won that game," George said. "We had a chance to win against a great team in San Antonio. We're improving."

George finished with 22 points. Miles scored 19, and Turner added 16 points and six rebounds.

For the Spurs, Leonard scored 31 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Pau Gasol and David Lee each scored 18 off the bench.

Inside the Numbers

Indiana outrebounded San Antonio 41-36, including a 13-6 advantage on the offensive glass.

After scoring less than 20 points in five straight games, Paul George bounced back with 22 tonight.

The Spurs' bench outscored the Pacers' 50-31.

You Can Quote Me On That

"Everybody's effort was great. And Pau, you know the couple of games he's come off the bench, he's been wonderful." - Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich

"It was wild. Thought we had it. Some things didn't go our way and they made some plays down the stretch." - Pacers guard Jeff Teague

"It's fun just being able to guard someone that's coming at you aggressively every possession. And even when I'm coming back with the ball he's into my head wanting me to miss shots. I mean, it's just fun playing basketball like that." - Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard

"I thought we played hard, there's no doubt about that. We gave ourselves a chance to win this game." - Pacers head coach Nate McMillan

Stat of the Night

Indiana was 18-of-25 from the free-throw line (72 percent) while San Antonio made 21 of its 24 attempts (87.5 percent).

Noteworthy

  • With four 3-pointers tonight, C.J. Miles passed Troy Murphy (419 made 3-pointers) to move into sixth place in Pacers NBA franchise history.
  • The Pacers are now 15-11 against the Western Conference.
  • David Lee's 18 points were the most he's scored in a game this season.

Up Next

Indiana's road trip continues Sunday when the Pacers head to Atlanta to face off against the Hawks. Tipoff is set for 1:00 PM ET.

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Following their five-game road trip, the Pacers return to Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Wednesday, March 8 for a meeting with a Central Division foe, the Detroit Pistons, at 8:00 PM ET. Find Tickets »

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