Pacers, Spurs try and get back on winning track
(Sports Network) – The San Antonio Spurs will try to halt a two-game losing
streak this evening when they welcome the Indiana Pacers to the AT&T Center.
The Spurs have dropped back-to-back games on the heels of a 13-game winning
streak that helped them keep pace in the West and clinch a playoff spot.
However, the club is still a distant nine games back of Dallas for the lead in
the Southwest Division.
San Antonio is coming off a disappointing 91-85 defeat at the hands of the
Boston Celtics on Saturday. It was San Antonio’s first loss to Boston since
1997 and its first home setback to the Celtics since 1990.
Tony Parker netted 30 points and Tim Duncan had 20 points and 16 rebounds for
San Antonio, which has won seven of eight at home and is 22-9 as the host this
season. Tonight’s game is the second of a three-game homestand that concludes
Friday against Detroit.
The Spurs swept the season series with Indiana last year and have won six of
the last eight overall, including four in a row at home. The clubs will meet
for the second and final time this season in Indiana on April 1.
The Pacers, meanwhile, are playing themselves right out of a playoff spot. The
club has lost 12 of its last 13 games, including eight straight on the road,
and is now a percentage point behind Orlando and New Jersey for the last two
playoff spots in the East.
On Tuesday, Yao Ming posted game-highs with 32 points and 14 rebounds as
Houston outlasted Indiana, 86-76, at the Toyota Center. Jermaine O’Neal had 25
points and nine rebounds for the Pacers, while Jamal Tinsley added 22 points
and six assists in defeat.
O’Neal, though, is doubtful for tonight’s game because of a sprained left
Indiana is 11-22 on the road this season and opens a three-game homestand on
Friday against Miami.