Spurs rally late to fend off Pacers

Indiana built five-point advantage against defending NBA champions before faltering down the stretch at San Antonio.

The Indiana Pacers led defending NBA champion San Antonio by five points in the final quarter, but a 13-0 run enabled the host Spurs to pull away late for a 106-100 victory Wednesday night at AT&T Center.

The loss snaps a three-game road win streak for the Pacers (6-9), who won 111-100 at Dallas Monday night. The Spurs (10-4) have won five in a row.

Shooting guard Rodney Stuckey, in his first start for the Pacers, hit a jumper for the last of his team- and season-high 22 points as the Pacers led 91-86 with 7:16 remaining in the fourth quarter.

But Kawhi Leonard started the 13-0 run with a jumper, Tony Parker drilled a 3-pointer, then Leonard hit a 3-pointer to give the Spurs a lead they would never relinquish.

Manu Ginobili led the Spurs with a game-high 28 points. Leonard and Parker each had 21 and Tim Duncan 17 as the winners shot 55 percent (41-of-74) while Indiana shot 46 percent (40-of-87).

San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich missed the game due to a “minor medical procedure.” Assistant Ettore Messina coached the Spurs.

Luis Scola scored 13 points for the Pacers. Chris Copeland had 12.

A.J. Price contributed 11 off the bench in likely his last game with the Pacers. His second 10-day contract expired after this game.

Solomon Hill scored 10 points. Center Ian Mahinmi, starting his second consecutive game for the injured Roy Hibbert, had eight points and five rebounds. Reserve forward Lavoy Allen scored eight points and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds.

The Spurs outrebounded the Pacers 45-36, just the fourth time Indiana has not had an edge on the boards this season.

Indiana missed eight of 18 foul shots, while San Antonio made 19-of-29.

The Pacers return home Friday night against the Orlando Magic (6-11), who lost 111-96 at home to Golden State Wednesday night. Indiana then embarks on a four-game road trip to Cleveland, Phoenix, Portland and Sacramento.

Phillip B. Wilson can be found on Twitter (@pwilson24), Facebook and Google+.


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