Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 1/29

Game 1: Wednesday, January 29th
Game 2: Saturday, February 22nd

Spurs 106


Pacers 97

(33-13, 21-2 home)

    Coverage: KRRT

    7:00 PM ET, January 29, 2003

    Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN

    1 2 3 4 T
    SA 23 34 25 24106
    IND 26 19 24 2897

    Top Performers

    SA: T. Parker 28 Pts, 4 Reb, 7 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Ind: J. O'Neal 31 Pts, 10 Reb, 1 Stl, 4 Blk

    Parker scores 28 as Pacers' home streak ends

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Indiana got a late subtraction and San Antonio got a welcome addition before the teams met Wednesday night and it equaled the end of the Pacers' 14-game home winning streak.

     Tony Parker

    Indiana was minus forward Ron Artest, the team's second-leading scorer, who began serving a four-game suspension. San Antonio had David Robinson return off the injured list after a three-game absence.

    Tony Parker scored 28 points to lead six San Antonio players in double figures as the Spurs defeated Indiana 106-97 to snap the Pacers' home winning streak.

    "The most difficult thing about tonight's game was the time to prepare for the game. We got the information so late," said Indiana coach Isiah Thomas, who learned about Artest's suspension by the NBA less than three hours before the game began.

    Artest was suspended for having a run-in Monday night with Heat coach Pat Riley and flashing an obscene gesture to the crowd.

    "It really knocked the energy and the emotion out of our team. It was a tough situation to play under," Thomas said. "I admired their fight. I respected their courage. They could have easily folded up their tent and walked away."

    Robinson agreed.

    "He's an energy guy. He comes in and does a lot of things for them. He's one of their leading scorers. You lose a lot when you're missing someone like him, but I still thought they played well," he said.

    Stephen Jackson had 18 points and a crucial steal that held off an Indiana rally in the fourth quarter. The Pacers trailed by as many as 17 in the period, but cut the deficit to six before Jackson's steal and dunk made the score 100-92 with 1:22 to play.

    After an opening period that had 10 lead changes and five ties, San Antonio scored 10 consecutive points to build a double-digit lead in the second quarter they never relinquished. Indiana missed four shots and had four turnovers while going over three minutes without a field goal.

    A dunk by Robinson ignited the run, giving the Spurs a 43-40 lead with 3:30 left in the half. Malik Rose had two consecutive baskets on fast breaks and hit two free throws before Emanuel Ginobili's dunk capped the run, giving the Spurs a 51-40 lead.

    Indiana pulled to within six on two free throws by Al Harrington but San Antonio answered with two free throws by Parker and one by Jackson.

    Jermaine O'Neal led the Pacers with a season-high 31 points. The All-Star starter also had 10 rebounds, recording his sixth consecutive double-double.

    Reggie Miller had 19 points for Indiana, which still has the league's best home mark at 21-2.

    Tim Duncan got into foul trouble for San Antonio and failed to get his 32nd double-double of the season as he scored 12 points and had nine rebounds in 24 minutes. After spending three games on the injured list with a sore lower back, Robinson also finished with 12 points and nine rebounds.

    San Antonio led 57-45 at halftime, shooting 65 percent (13-of-20) in the second quarter while the Pacers hit only 29 percent (7-of-24).

    The Spurs took their biggest lead at 77-60 on a layup by Parker with 4:35 remaining in the third quarter.

    Indiana learned about 2½ hours before tipoff that Artest would miss the game after being suspended his actions in Miami.

    "We can't sit here and make an excuse because he didn't play is the reason that we lost, or we didn't have energy," Harrington said. "They made shots and a lot of us missed shots."

    Game notes
    Harrington and Brad Miller both had double-doubles for Indiana. Harrington had 15 points and 12 rebounds. Miller had 10 points and 15 rebounds. ... Duncan, who had a streak of 14 consecutive double-doubles in December, had averaged 26 points and 13.6 rebounds in his past five games. ... Indiana's only previous loss at home this season was Nov. 23 against Detroit. San Antonio has won three straight at Conseco Fieldhouse. ... Reggie Miller extended his streak of successful free throws to 21 by hitting all six of his attempts. He came into the game fourth in the league in free throw accuracy at .908.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 106 97
    FGM-FGA 39-84 (.464) 32-88 (.364)
    3PM-3PA 5-12 (.417) 3-18 (.167)
    FTM-FTA 23-31 (.742) 30-35 (.857)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 12-45 16-50
    Assists 26 22
    Turnovers 13 14
    Steals 7 7
    Blocks 13 6
    Fast Break Points 10 4
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 27 (2/0) 27 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    San Antonio
    Tony Parker Parker
    Points: 28
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1
    Jermaine O'Neal O'Neal
    Points: 31
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 4