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Pacers spiral continues with Spurs' rout

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

By MICHAEL MAROT

AP Sports Writer

INDIANAPOLIS -- Tim Duncan dominated the middle and San Antonio's stingy second-half defense turned a close game into a rout Tuesday night, leading the Spurs to a 116-89 victory over the Indiana Pacers.

Duncan had 19 points and 15 rebounds, and backup guard Jacque Vaughn scored 16 points off the bench.

Danny Granger led the Pacers with 16 points, not nearly enough to halt Indiana's season-high seven game losing streak. The Pacers lost all four games on their longest homestand of the season and have now dropped five in a row at Conseco Fieldhouse.

But it was the Spurs usually reliable defense that changed the game.

Indiana shot a blistering 78.9 percent from the field in the first quarter and 67.6 percent in the half, yet all the Pacers could muster was a 59-59 halftime tie.

Things changed quickly in the second half.

With Duncan holding down the middle, and Vaughn and Manu Ginobili giving the Spurs other options, San Antonio opened the second half by scoring the first eight points and finishing the decisive 18-2 run to make it 77-61 4:18 to go in the third quarter.

Ginobili finished with 15 points.

It was more than enough for the Spurs.

Indiana, playing again without the injured Jermaine O'Neal, never seriously challenged after that run. They only got as close as 11 at the start of the fourth quarter, and their nine third-quarter points matched a season-low set against Memphis on Jan. 2.

The Pacers scored just 30 second-half points, barely avoiding their season-low of 28 also set against Memphis on Jan. 2.

But it was a stark contrast from the opening slugfest, when Indiana almost couldn't miss and traded baskets with the Spurs.

Indiana finally scored four straight points late in the first quarter to take a 31-25 lead, but the Spurs used a 7-0 flurry near the end of quarter to charge ahead 34-33.

The second quarter was almost a duplicate, going back-and-forth. The Spurs scored five straight points to take a 59-54 lead with 1:17 left, but the Pacers closed the half with five straight points to tie it.

And then the Spurs defense shut down the Pacers.

San Antonio has now won two straight since ending a three-game losing streak last week.

Newly signed guard Damon Stoudamire started in his San Antonio debut, playing 22 minutes and finishing with 11 points.

Notes:

Colts coach Tony Dungy and Archie Manning, the father of the last two Super Bowl MVPs, watched the game from the fourth row near midcourt. They also drew the loudest cheers of the night when they were shown on the arena's video board. ... Indiana's Jamaal Tinsley came off the bench for the third straight game and had eight points. .... Duncan nearly posted a double-double in the first half when he had 14 points and eight rebounds. ... The start of the fourth quarter was delayed briefly as maintenance crews changed one of the nets following the entertainment show between quarters.

SAN ANTONIO (116)

Bowen 5-8 2-2 14, Duncan 7-12 5-8 19, Oberto 5-9 0-0 10, Stoudamire 4-7 1-1 11, Ginobili 6-13 0-1 15, Horry 3-5 0-0 7, Finley 4-11 1-1 11, Vaughn 7-8 2-3 16, Udoka 2-7 0-0 5, Bonner 3-5 2-2 8, Elson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 46-86 13-18 116.

INDIANA (89)

Dunleavy 6-11 1-2 14, Murphy 6-8 0-0 15, Foster 1-2 0-0 2, Diener 5-11 3-4 14, Granger 5-9 5-5 16, Harrison 1-2 1-2 3, Tinsley 3-7 1-2 8, Williams 2-10 2-2 6, Rush 0-2 0-0 0, Daniels 2-5 0-0 4, Diogu 0-5 0-0 0, Graham 3-4 0-0 7. Totals 34-76 13-17 89.

San Antonio34252235--116
Indiana3623921--89

3-Point Goals--San Antonio 11-27 (Ginobili 3-6, Stoudamire 2-3, Bowen 2-3, Finley 2-7, Horry 1-2, Udoka 1-5, Bonner 0-1), Indiana 8-22 (Murphy 3-3, Graham 1-2, Diener 1-2, Tinsley 1-2, Granger 1-2, Dunleavy 1-3, Daniels 0-1, Rush 0-2, Williams 0-5). Fouled Out--None. Rebounds--San Antonio 58 (Duncan 15), Indiana 33 (Murphy 7). Assists--San Antonio 31 (Ginobili 7), Indiana 19 (Diener 6). Total Fouls--San Antonio 17, Indiana 15. Technicals--Indiana Coach O'Brien, Indiana defensive three second. A--11,288 (18,345).



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