(INDIANAPOLIS, IN) - The San Antonio Spurs opened the third quarter with an 18-2 run, using a dominant second half to cruise to a 116-89 victory over the Indiana Pacers.
The game was tied at 59 at halftime, but the defending NBA champions outscored Indiana 57-to-30 over the final 24 minutes to pick up the win. Tim Duncan led San Antonio with 19 points and 15 rebounds with Jacque Vaughn adding 16 points off the bench.
Danny Granger led Indiana with 16 points with Troy Murphy adding 15 points and Mike Dunleavy and Travis Diener finishing with 14 points apiece.
The blue-and-gold shot a blistering 79-percent from the field in the first quarter and 68-percent for the first half, but could not build an advantage.
San Antonio clamped down in the second half, holding Indiana to just 26-percent shooting over the final two periods to send the Pacers to their season-high seventh-consecutive loss.
The Pacers fall to 19-and-30 and are in a three-way tie for tenth place in the Eastern Conference with Milwaukee and Philadelphia, a game and-a-half behind New Jersey for the eighth and final playoff berth in the East.
They are in New York tonight to face the Knicks, who are riding a six-game losing streak.
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