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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.
Indy had only one 100-point game this season until slapping Dallas with 111 the other night. Got 54 in the first half tonight.
16 points for Rodney Stuckey in the first half, just got by one of the Spurs' better perimeter defenders in Danny Green.
Another missed wide-open 3 for the Spurs. Stuckey converts at the other end; he's got 16 and the Spurs are down by 8 again.
Pacers have almost run a double-screen around the free throw line on almost each offensive possessions the last few to get Stuckey free.
Welp, the Spurs urged caution against Pacers, and we can see why. Wasn't just usual "respect opponents" lip service after their recent Ws.
There's always one underperforming player that fans have unreasonably high expectations for. For the Spurs, that's Aron Baynes. /ducks
Spurs dodge a wee bullet there as Pacers miss at the rim, Duncan converts in transition at the other end to cut the deficit to 50-43.
I still own a tattered George Hill jersey that I still wear occasionally. I will always love that dude. Epitome of a Spur.
Rodney Stuckey is a terror in this first half, just taking it as Spurs' guards - he's got 14 points.
Feels like Pacers are shooting 60 percent instead of just 48. Maybe that's what happens when you have only 2 TOs in 21 minutes.
The Pacers are shooting 4/8 from distance in the first half and their lead is up to 7.
Spurs drop to 1 for 8 on 3s after Ginobili's miss.
Messina OOT play, like many of Popovich's, results in a layup.
Doesn't help that the Spurs are shooting 1/8 from distance in what have been mostly open looks.
Pacers have the edge in the second 16-12. Indy leads overall 43-37. Spurs up to 8 turnovers, Kawhi (11 points), Parker (8 points).
Spurs down 43-37 at it has nothing to do with Messina. Team just seems a tad flat after three days off.
7-0 run for the Pacers, they're up 43-37 midway through the second quarter.
Probably half of Diaw's baskets get an audible ooooh from the crowd. A theory offered on press row: "They can't believe how fat he is."
Ginobili posted up successfully earlier in the game. Now Parker uses nifty pivot move to score in the paint.
Spurs with 7 TOs, 1 for 6 on 3s despite shooting 52 percent. Add 8 second-chance points for Indiana, and that sums 'er up so far.
Indiana playing hard and making things happen. Pretty much what you'd expect after recent results.
Kim Kardashian didn't break the Internet, but this might. http://t.co/yKkTCuJu3C
8:02 left in the second, Spurs trail Pacers 34-31. Pacers up 6-0 early in the second chance points department.
Two turnovers for the Spurs three minutes into the second quarter.
Great play by BAYNES. Pulls down offensive glass, hits the cutting Ginobili for the layup. Spurs back up, 31-30.
Manu misses a jumper, Baynes grabs the rebound and feeds an open cutting Manu for the layup.
Spurs assisted on just 4 of their 10 makes. A few possessions with few passes. Still 36 minutes of play left.
Pacers came in with the 26th worst offense in the league and they just put up 27 in the first. Turnovers and sharing ball issue early for SA
1Q: Spurs 25, Pacers 27. 5 turnovers for SA. SA shooting 56%, IND 44%. Kawhi 9 points, Solomon Hill 7 points.
End of 1, Pacers lead 27-25. Spurs shooting 55.6 percent but 5 turnovers hurt. Leonard with 9 for Spurs, Stuckey leads Indy with 8.
Pacers lead Spurs 27-25 after 1Q ... Indy got nine more shots on goal than did the Spurs. There's your difference.
Messina coaching up Green. (Hi Bill Land) http://t.co/mP96sQVnRP
While Manu is shooting free throws, Messina is having a quick little chat - looks like defensive end - with Danny Green.
Would bet 99 out of 100 NBA fans have never heard of Solomon Hill. But he is heating up, and the Pacers lead 25-22.
Spurs run motion weak and it opens a 3-pointer for Matt Bonner,. The Red Rocket just couldn't connect.
Spurs are out-shooting Pacers, but losing by one. When that happens, it's usually due to turnovers and oh look it is.
Messina calls Manu over during a free throw for some instruction, and suddenly we're all back in Bologna.
Marco is running the backup point tonight with Cory Joseph out once more. Also, Manu and Green in back court.
Fun fact: Ime Udoka's middle name is apparently Sunday.
The Spurs are all about that bass. http://t.co/4k2TvmtMbA
The Red Rocket Matt Bonner, who just recovered from a stomach virus, is about to check in.