Spurs edge Pacers for 20th straight winning season
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For the 20th consecutive season, the San Antonio Spurs have clinched a winning season – an NBA record. They reached this milestone with a 110-106 road win over the Indiana Pacers.
All-star Kawhi Leonard finished with 32 points to lead his team to the victory. Between him, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Tony Parker, the Spurs pushed ahead in the last few minutes of Monday’s game. Aldridge made a three-pointer with 52.2 seconds left, following by two free throws from Tony Parker with 23.4 seconds remaining in the game. Aldridge finished with 19 points, while Danny Green, David Lee, and Parker each scored 12 points.
“It was a great game, either team’s game,” said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. “We made a few shots down the stretch, and it usually comes down to putting the ball in the hole as long as you play some decent defense along the way. I am obviously thrilled with the win on the road. I thought we had a lot of people contribute. Obviously, Kawhi and Paul George are unbelievable players. At times, you had to slap yourself watching those two guard each other.”
George led the Pacers with 27 points on Monday, followed by Myles Turner with 22, Jeff Teague with 15, and Rodney Stuckey with 13. Indiana had a slight lead opening the fourth quarter – and were tied with the Spurs at halftime – but Leonard and Aldridge made short work of that.
“We had opportunities to win this game,” George said. “It was one we really had to have, and we didn’t get it.”
That’s not really surprising, as the Spurs are a much better team all around than the Pacers – but then again, San Antonio’s been losing more often than usual on this rodeo road trip (the last two out of five games).
“San Antonio played San Antonio ball,” George said. “They screen, they move the ball. I thought we had great looks and an opportunity to win this game, multiple occasions to pull away. But at the end of the day, they played San Antonio basketball.”
The Spurs make their sixth stop on this eight-game rodeo road trip at Orlando on Wednesday.
The Pacers go on the road against Cleveland on Wednesday, where they’ll try to keep from losing six straight.