Spurs slow Pacers, 90-87

Victory!

The San Antonio Spurs started the 2nd half off on the right foot by defeating the Indiana Pacers 90-87 at the Conseco Fieldhouse last night.

Tony Parker returned from a hip injury and scored 28 points, Manu Ginobli added 18 and Richard Jefferson 13 for the victorious Spurs.  Tim Duncan grabbed 26 rebounds as San Antonio won for the 2nd consecutive game.

Danny Granger had 23 points for the Pacers, including a 3 to cut the lead to 90-87 with 30 seconds left.  Indiana, however, could not get the ball back to try and tie the game.  Roy Hibbert scored 14 points in a supporting effort and Troy Murphy grabbed 16 rebounds.  The Pacers have lost 3 straight.

Player of the game: Tim Duncan, Spurs

It’d be just as easy to put Tony Parker in this spot with his 28 points.  However, Duncan was a force on the boards all night and got the key rebound that denied the Pacers any chance to tie the game.

Matthew Svoboda Award for Play Most Resembling His: Solomon Jones, Pacers

In 7 minutes, he managed to score 0 points and collect 2 fouls.  In addition to that, according to ESPN’s plus/minus system, the Pacers were a -13 with him on the court.

With the win, San Antonio stays tied with Oklahoma City for 5th place in the Western Conference.  The Spurs will travel to Philadelphia for a Friday game against the 76ers.

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