Spurs slam Pacers to move to franchise-best 4-0

Last updated 20:17 06/11/2012
Tim Duncan
Getty Images
DOUBLE, DOUBLE: Tim Duncan scored 14 points and pulled down 11 rebounds as the San Antonio Spurs continued their perfect start to the season against the Indiana Pacers.

Relevant offers

Basketball

New closer Kevin Dillard swiftly solving biggest problem as Breakers begin to bounce back Steven Adams will miss clash with Golden State Warriors Canterbury Wildcats confident they can still be a women's basketball force Triple-double machine Russell Westbrook a one-man wrecking crew Concussed Steve Adams' absence hurts Thunder in loss to Clippers Taipans maintain ANBL finals hopes by repelling fast-finishing Wildcats Steven Adams suffers concussion in Oklahoma City Thunder victory NZ Breakers steal victory over Brisbane Bullets with buzzer beater in NBL thriller ANBL leaders Adelaide 36ers storm back for win over Perth Wildcats Casper Ware stars as Melbourne United beat Cairns Taipans to return to ANBL top four

The four-time NBA champion San Antonio Spurs stormed to a franchise-best 4-0 start to the season after routing the Indiana Pacers 101-79.

Reserve Gary Neal led five Spurs in double figures with 17 points, while Tim Duncan got a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds to lift the team to the win.

Despite winning four NBA championships between 1999 and 2007, the Spurs had never won their first four regular season games.

"It's just a stat, it's not that important in the long term," San Antonio veteran Manu Ginobili told reporters. "At this point, we're enjoying it."

San Antonio grabbed an eight-point lead after the first quarter before scoring the first 11 points of the second to push their advantage to 37-18.

The visiting Pacers (2-2) never fully recovered, trimming the deficit to nine at halftime only to be pegged back again in the second half.

George Hill and Paul George had 15 and 14 points respectively but Indiana shot just 34 percent from the field.

The Pacers, who made a strong run to the second round of the playoffs last season, are off to a tough start and playing without leading scorer Danny Granger who is out with a left knee injury.

With Granger out, points have been hard to come by for Indiana and San Antonio's defense did not make things easier.

"I thought our defense was very good tonight," said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. "We caught a break tonight. Without (Danny Granger) their team loses spacing."

The Spurs' bench scored 57 points and the team moved the ball around to the tune of 25 assists.

Lead scorer Tony Parker scored just six points on a rare off night, while Ginobili played his second game since returning from a back injury and scored three points and made seven assists in 17 minutes.

Ad Feedback

- Reuters

Special offers
Opinion poll

How do you expect the Breakers to perform in this season's Australian NBL?

Last season was a blip, they'll be champions once again

They'll go close to another title, beaten finalists I'd say

Playoffs for sure, but can't see them going any further

Not too excited, they'll miss the playoffs again

Vote Result

Related story: (See story)

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content