Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/23/12
INDIANAPOLIS - The San Antonio Spurs made sure their winning streak over the Indiana Pacers stayed intact. It wasn't easy, though. The Spurs fought back from a 17-point deficit to beat the Indiana Pacers 104-97 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Friday. Guard Tony Parker led all scorers with 33 points and 10 assists. Forward David West had 22 points and eight rebounds for the Pacers. San Antonio has won 11 in a row over the Pacers, who missed their final 14 shots of the game. The Pacers opened the second half by scoring 18 of the first 23 points to turn a four-point lead into a 17-point lead. But the Spurs wouldn't go away. They got Indiana's lead down to four heading into the final quarter. The Spurs got their first lead since the second quarter when Parker made a layup with about three minutes left in the game. The Pacers finally ended their scoring drought when West made two free throws with 55.3 seconds left in the game. That was also the end of San Antonio's 12-0 run. The Pacers didn't have an answer for Parker in the first half. Parker had his former teammate, George Hill, on skates trying to guard him. Parker made his first eight shot attempts and also had five assists before really breaking a sweat. Still, the Pacers still stayed within striking distance of the Spurs despite Parker's early success. Indiana trailed 28-25 at the end of the first quarter. The Pacers finally got their first lead of the game in the second quarter. And it wasn't because of the starters. The bench, led by point guard D.J. Augustin and power forward Tyler Hansbrough on the glass, gave the Pacers a 33-32 lead early in the third quarter. The Pacers went up by as many as seven points -- 39-32 -- when Ian Mahinmi made a 17-foot bank shot. The Pacers went into the half leading 52-48 behind Paul George's 10 points and Hansbrough's 11 rebounds. Parker led all first-half scorers with 20 points and six assists. NOTES: Pacers coach Frank Vogel referred to Spurs coach Gregg Popovich as one of the all-time best coaches. He put him in the same breath as Phil Jackson and Red Auerbach. ... The Spurs were without Stephen Jackson (finger) and Kawhi Leonard (quad). ... The Pacers open a four-game road trip Tuesday in Los Angeles against the Lakers. Three of the games are on the West Coast and the final game is at Chicago.
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