POTG: Tony Parker
Starting and ending strong helped the San Antonio Spurs defeat the Indiana Pacers 93-75 on Monday night.
The Spurs outscored the Pacers 59-37 in the first and fourth quarter combined.
Tim Duncan spoke on the game. "Coach [Gregg Popovich] stresses us to start the game out well, especially on our home court. We want to dictate what's going on and make the opposing team play our game of basketball. That worked tonight, and we finished strong as well." Duncan finished with 11 points and 5 rebounds in 17 minutes of play.
The Pacers did a very good job staying with the Spurs in the second and third quarters, but their inability to both stop the Spurs offense and execute their offense in the fourth quarter made it impossible for a comeback.
"Defensively we started to lose them for some stretches in the fourth, and you can't expect to win doing that. This is something we really need to correct in our play," Pacers head coach Frank Vogel said after the loss.
The Pacers were led on offense by Danny Granger, who had 17 points and 6 rebounds on 43% shooting from the field.
San Antonio struggled with turnovers once again, committing sixteen over the stretch of the game.
"We all made some mistakes with controlling the ball offensively and we know we can't get caught napping like this, especially against the [Los Angeles] Clippers," Tony Parker said. Parker was tied for the most turnovers on the team with 3 along with Gary Neal and Manu Ginobili. He finished with 20 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists.
The Spurs will face the Clippers on Wednesday in Los Angeles. Both teams are 4-0 on the season. L.A. has the largest point differential in the league, beating their opponents by an average of 18.8 points per game. Lob City would welcome 16 turnovers or more turnovers from the Spurs with open arms.