Pat Lovell-US PRESSWIRE
The Spurs come into Indianapolis off of a win in Boston. In said game, Tony Parker had 26 points on 12-17 FG shooting in the win over the Celtics. A fluke possibly? Nah, not really. This is the Tony Parker we've been accustomed to in the 2011-2012 season last year. And he'd prove it wasn't just a fluke. Parker would go on to shoot for 8-9 FG 16 points 5 assists in the first quarter, missing the one shot right at the end of the quarter (possibly because of fatigue).
The bench of the Spurs would take on the Pacers bench at the start of the 2nd quarter. Foul magnet Ian Mahinmi getting significant minutes tonight. The Spurs bench not as effective as per the norm. Starters would come in with 6:00 left in the half. Spurs having a trouble behind the arc tonight, so far shooting 0-9 3Pt. They go into the half down 48-52.
The 3rd quarter starts a little chippy. Can you guess which Pacer I'm going to mention? David West gets away with a few push-offs, and does some pushing of his own. On a drive by Tony Parker, David West gets called for a personal foul and then pushes Parker in the back after the whistle, which resulted in a technical foul as well. The Pacers went immediately to West on the other side of the court, and Pop responded by putting Tiago Splitter on the court. The rest of the quarter would be about Manu Ginobili. He scores 7 consecutive points, drawing a Pacers timeout. Spurs would come within 4 at the end of the 3rd.
The 4th would be the Manu Ginobili quarter. He had back-to-back and-one baskets at one point. The Pacers with no answer for him. So far, he's the go-to guy for the Spurs. about halfway through the 4th, Spurs down 84-91. Danny Green came alive with a made 3, then a steal and layup. Very critical plays. Now the rest of the Spurs are starting to come alive, as Gary Neal and Tony Parker give the Spurs the lead with jumpers from the elbow with 3:49 to go. And thanks to poor clock management, the Pacers can't call timeout with more than 1:30 remaining in a 5 point game. Tony Parker with foul shots less than a minute to go seals the victory for the Spurs.