The Spurs got Tim Duncan, Danny Green and LaMarcus Aldridge back after a one-game absence but lost Gregg Popovich for this game and the next with a "family situation". Ettore Messina's Spurs managed to score just 13 points in the first quarter after going 4-for-43 (estimate) and while the Pacers weren't exactly on fire, they put up 25.
The second quarter was marginally better and the good guys scored 19 points, finished the half 13-of-50, and held Indiana to just 20, their total helped by a clock-beating, corner three from Monta Ellis. The Spurs were able to gobble up offensive rebounds after their many misses, securing 10 in the first 24 minutes, but each carom inevitably led to another miss. That's just the way it went in the first half. 45-32, Pacers.
The Spurs have been good after the half this season and opened the third on a 10-4 run and cut their deficit to just seven. LaMarcus started to warm up in the period scoring half of the Spurs' first 16. The rest of the third was competitive, but a late push from the Pacers had them up 11 going into the fourth.
A 4-0 run from the Spurs was a positive start but then the Pacers responded with a 9-0 run of their own to go up 82-66 just three minutes into the quarter. The Spurs battled back and cut the lead to three a couple of times late but couldn't get over the hump and fall to 53-10 for the season.
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Vine(s) of the Night:
There's no rest for the Spurs as they travel to Minnesota to take on the Timber Wolves tomorrow night. That one tips off at 7 Spurs time and can be seen on Fox Sports Southwest.