HoopsHype San Antonio Spurs twitter
Spurs outscore Pacers 29-24 in final quarter. SA now 5-0 when they score 100 or more.
Great performances from Leonard (21/13), Ginobili (28 points in 26 mins), Parker (21/6, huge 3) and Duncan (17/6).
Recap: Big Three and Kawhi showed up, the bench didn’t. Spurs win regardless.
Final: Spurs 106, Pacers 100. Dodge a major scare from Indiana with 18-2 run late in 4th quarter to erase 5-point deficit.
21 points, 13 rebounds for Kawhi Leonard. I guess you can say he’s good at this professional basketball gig.
Spurs improve to 10-4 with 106-100 win over Pacers. SA on 5-game winning streak. Manu with 21 of his 28 points in second half.
Can't say too many players are entertaining rebounders, but Leonard is one of them. Great showcase for freakish length.
ANOTHER missed FT here...
Give Green credit for slowing Stuckey down in second half. Only 6 on 2 for 7 after 16 on 7 for 13 in the 1st.
Spurs stumbling just a tiny bit down stretch here with TOs, missed FTs. Still up 7 with 26.1 seconds left. Did their damage with 18-2 run.
Sean Elliott, with a lukewarm sports take: “I feel like we are going to see a lot more double-doubles from Kawhi Leonard."
Jim Boylen calling out Pacers plays like it was his turn to game plan or something...
Four-point play for Copeland, Spurs still up 7 with 1:20 left...
Not so veteran move by Tim Duncan. You can't defend Copeland that tight on the perimeter.
Kawhi had four double-doubles his entire rookie season. He already has four double-doubles in the last three weeks.
At age 37, born in 1977, Manu Ginobili has scored 21 points in two quarters.
Spurs on an 18-2 run here after trailing 91-86 midway through the fourth quarter. Hot shooting from pretty much everybody.
Post-3 for Kawhi and he nails the Kobe/MJ face-up jumper. Kawhi's got 20 points as well with 11 boards. Manu/Parker/Kawhi 20 point games.
That's 28 points, 4 assists in 24 minutes for Ginobili. 21/3 in the second half.
28 points for Manu, 21 in the last two quarters.
OK, Ginobili with the three-point play so maybe scratch that.
And Manu just keeps going. Now 27 points overall, 20 points in the second half alone.
Still 2:20 left, so remember the Winston Wolf rule.
Spurs have a gigantic 18-2 fast break points edge tonight over the Pacers. SA is 4-0 when they score 100, one point from that mark.
2:31 left in the fourth, Spurs lead 99-93. SA outscoring Indy 22-17 in 4Q. After starting 1/10 for three, Spurs are now 4/5 from outside.
18 of those in the 2nd half...
Ginobili now with 25 points in 22 minutes.
Parker to Manu for three, Spurs take 99-91 lead over Pacers with 3:54 left. Manu 25 points, Parker 21 and 6, Duncan 16 points.
Ginobili with another 3, that's a 13-0 run for the Spurs and they're up 99-91 with 3:54 left.
The Spurs are alive. It only took 45 minutes.
18/10 double-double for the K-1000.
Beautiful play by Spurs. Start with motion weak but then Boris comes with a double-screen for Parker, who uses it and it frees up Duncan.
Wasn't really open, but zero hesitation to let that one fly. I would say he has ice water in his veins, but I doubt he has veins at all.
Kawhi Leonard with double-double (18-10) after 3 straight defensive RBs; SAS 94, IND 91, 4:50 left
Around the horn, Leonard splashes the Bowen Memorial Corner 3 to put the Spurs back in front, 94-91.
Kawhi also has 10 rebounds, 18 and 10 tonight.
Kawhi corner 3-point bomb, Spurs take lead 94-91, Kawhi's got 18 points.
Can Parker sustain a league best percentage on 3's? Probably not. The fact that he's making them with some regularity is all you need though
Looks like that was Danny Green's third blocks of the game.
Parker now 15 for 23 on the season from long range.
Tony Parker making 3-pointers has got to be the most surprising/encouraging development for the Spurs this year.
Parker came in shooting 63.6% from distance - there was a very good chance that corner three was going in.
Tony Parker corner 3-pointer, Spurs tie Pacers at 91. Kawhi showed some emotion after the Parker make. Parker has 21 points.
Parker ties it up at 91s with -- what else? -- a 3-pointer. 5:53 left in the 4th...
Kawhi, I don't know how you just did what you did, but you did it. KAwhi's got 15 points now.
Pacers giving the Spurs a lifeline with 7 missed FTs, including 3 here in the 4th quarter.
7:16 left in the 4th, Duncan returns as Stuckey just scored his 22nd point of the game with a free throw available. Pacers by 5.
Ginobili pretty much doing everything he can to keep Spurs in this one. Another liquid water layup gives him 22 points in 20 mins w/ 4 ast.
Indy is 9/16 from three tonight - that kind of helps when four of your core players aren't on the floor.
8:42 left in 4th, Spurs trail Pacers minus Paul George, George Hill, Roy Hibbert, and David West 87-83. Manu's got 22 points.
Meanwhile the Pacers have 11 points in the first three minutes of the fourth - who is this team?
Manu's going nuts tonight. Up to 20 points and he gets the sneaky steal off a Pacers defensive board.
Unbelievable pass from Manu. Went high to corral high pass in corner, whipped it in one motion to Baynes underneath for the short jumper.
What a play by Manu. Parker almost threw it out of bounds, Manu caught it in the air with 1 hand, and threw it to Baynes for bucket.
Two straight TOs to start the 4th for Los Spurs, with Pacers converting both into 3s to push back ahead by 5.
Spurs start 4th with their 13th turnover of the night - Rudez sinks the three on the other end. Indy by 2.
Manu's third quarter - 4/6 shooting, 11 points, 2 assists. SA outscored Indy 16-6 in the paint in the 3Q.
Desperation 3 goes for Indy at the end of 3, but Spurs up 77-76 entering the fourth. Or as I like to call it, crunch time.
3Q: Spurs 77, Pacers 76. SA outscores IND 27-21 in the quarter. Manu with 11 of his 18 points in the third.
Now 11 points for Manu in the third quarter. Appears his bald spot is starting to regenerate as well.
Manu again - 18 points.
Spurs have their first lead since midway through the second quarter, 75-73.
16 points for Manu, tonight - 9 of them coming in the third quarter.
Messina is getting the hang of it, up off the bench bellowing for a 3-second call. (He didn't get it.)
Manu finally takes the lid off the 3-point basket, makes the open corner bomb. He's got 14 points now.
There was no mutton on hand, so Manu instead fed BAYNES the basketball for a reverse layup to tie the game at 70s.
Argentina to Australia working there as Manu feeds the Baynes for the layup.
With Manu's last miss, the Spurs are now 1/10 from distance in this game. Seems the 4-game three point shooting of 43% didn't last.
2:01 left in 3Q, Spurs' offense still hasn't emerged, but defense has shown up, holding Pacers to 13 in the quarter.
Manu gets himself into double-figures with 11 points off the bench.
Audio here at the AT&T Center: Chants go from "MVP! MVP" when Kawhi's shooting free throws to "Awwwweee" when he missed them both.
And promptly misses both...
Awesome rebound by Leonard. Went over the crowd and snatched it with both of those gigantic hands. Draws FTs at the other end.
Kawhi was not going to be denied a trip to the free throw line. Spurs and Pacers tied at 66.
And Kawhi nails the open jumper off a screen, good find by Manu. KAwhi's got 13 points now.
After starting the game 4/4 shooting, Kawhi Leonard has mised his last three shots. Previous one was wide-open.
Spurs will consider themselves hugely fortunate if they win this one. Opp with more talent than injury-depleted Pacers would be up 10 plus.
Probably not the best idea to dribble behind his back in traffic.
Fan behind me right now: "Did they kick Pop out?" Usual reaction if you don't follow Twitter.
Danny Green tried to get fancy with the behind the back dribble, he lost it and Hill nailed a three. Indy 65-62.
Rodney Stuckey matches Parker with 18 points now in the game as well.
Spurs finally putting together some sort of run - up 8-3 on Pacers to start 3Q. SA largest deficit tonight has been 9.
More like 18 points for Tony Parker, who just got another layup, this time in the open court. Spurs tie Pacers at 58, 8:05 left in 3Q.
Parker with six unanswered, including his steal-layup combo, to tie the game at 58s, 8:05 left in the third.
16 points for Tony Parker now. Just scored with a layup.
High-low sequence from Boris to Duncan to start the second half. SA down 3.
Spurs went cold in second quarter - 40% shooting, 0/5 from three (mostly open), outscored 10-2 in fast break points.
Half: Spurs 50, Pacers 55. Indy took 2Q 28-25. Stuckey 16 points, Parker 12 points, Kawhi 11 points. IND 11-4 in 2nd chance points.
Halftime: Pacers 55, Spurs 50. Stuckey has 16, Parker with 12. Shooting is just about even, but 8 TOs, 1-9 on 3s for Spurs has been hurtful.
Spurs only manage on field goal in final 3:50. Under the circumstances, guess being down 55-50 at the break isn't so bad?
24.7 seconds left until half, Pacers with back-to-back 27 point quarters vs. Spurs' defense. SA with 23 points in 2Q, shooting 47%.
Indiana pummeling Spurs on the glass for 10 second-chance points.