Tinsley lifts Pacers over Spurs
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Jamaal Tinsley drove to the lane for a
layup with 1.1 seconds remaining as the Jermaine O’Neal-less Indiana Pacers
battled to a 100-99 victory over the San Antonio Spurs.
With 6.3 seconds left in the game and the score knotted at 98-98, Manu
Ginobili crashed the lane hard and was fouled by Indiana’s Ike Diogu.
Ginobili, though, was able to hit just 1-of-2 free throws to give San Antonio
a tenuous one-point lead.
On the Pacers’ ensuing possession, Tinsley snuck past Tim Duncan for a layup
to put Indiana in front. The Spurs had one last chance to win it with .3
seconds remaining, but Duncan’s hook shot as time expired was well off.
Mike Dunleavy scored 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds for the Pacers, who
moved within 1 1/2 games behind Orlando for the eighth and final playoff spot
in the Eastern Conference. Tinsley and Troy Murphy each finished with 20
points for Indiana, with Tinsley dishing out eight assists.
O’Neal, the team’s leading scorer, sat out with a sore left knee.
Tony Parker scored 22 points and had seven rebounds and seven assists for the
Spurs, who saw their six-game winning streak come to an end and fell three
games behind Phoenix for the second seed in the Western Conference.
Duncan ended with 17 points and 11 rebounds for San Antonio, but turned the
ball over seven times.
Trailing 84-80 early in the fourth quarter, the Spurs ripped off a 16-4 spurt
— capped by back-to-back baskets by Duncan — to take a 96-88 with less than
four minutes to play before the Pacers rallied for the win.
Tinsley converted a three-point play before hitting a jumper to bring Indiana
within 97-95 with just under two minutes to play. Bruce Bowen then had a
chance to give the Spurs some breathing room when he was fouled on a three-
pointer. However, Bowen made just one of his three free throw attempts and
Murphy’s trey at the other end tied the game at 98-98.
San Antonio led 32-26 after the opening 12 minutes and took a slim 54-53 into
the locker room. Things remained tight heading into the fourth with Indiana
Diogu finished with 18 points and 13 rebounds for the Pacers…Michael Finley
scored 17 points off the bench for the Spurs.