SAN ANTONIO (AP) – Caris LeVert scored 26 points. On Saturday night, the short-handed Indiana Pacers snapped a three-game with a 139-133 overtime victory over the San Antonio Spurs. “We just wanted to come out and try tohave fun with the game again,” LeVert said. “I feel like we were letting the losses take away from the fact we get to play basketball for a living. I think we got back to just having fun today, and it showed out there on the court.”
Even with injuries sidelining Domantas Sabonis, Malcolm Brogdon, and Jeremy Lamb, Indiana had a season-high point total. Aaron Holiday, Myles Turner, and T.J. McConnell each had 18 points for the Pacers. McConnell and Turner combined for 11 points in overtime.
The Spurs lost theirin overtime and are 2-6 in their nine-game homestand, which concludes Monday against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
“We just can’tGregg Popovich said. “The 139 points killed us. End of story.” Spurs veteran DeMar DeRozan had 25 points for his 450th career game with at least 20 points. Dejounte Murray and Keldon Johnson each had 20 points, and added 18.
San Antonio outscored Indiana 5-0 in the final two minutes to force the extra period.
cut Indiana’s lead to 126-125 with 50.2 seconds remaining on a layup and a pair of free throws by Rudy Gay. Jakob Poeltl then picked off a wild pass from LeVert in the lane. DeRozan, who made one of two free throws to tie the game at 126, missed an 18-footer at the close of regulation.
San Antonio, which entered the game 21-3 when leading by 10 points, took a 10-pointperiod. Indiana pushed back and grabbed an in the second quarter. “We just got to communicate better,” Johnson said. “Communicate better, guard better. It’s all things that we can fix and get better at.”
The Pacers came within four points of tying their season-high for first-half points without Sabonis, Brogdon, and Lamb, who account for 51.5 points per game.
“It felt perfect,” said Indiana guard Kelan Martin, who had nine points. “The energy was just different.”
Indiana had only one 3-pointer in the first quarter, but the long-range shooting wasn’t necessary. The Pacers’ first 12 points were in the paint, as were 10 of the Spurs’ first 12. Indiana shot 68% from the field with 2:30 left in the first half and closed the first half at 66%, ta,king a 67-59 lead.
Pacers: Indiana had a season-high 71 points in the first half against Memphis on Feb. 2. Sabonis, Brogdon, and Lamb all started that game, which the Pacers won 134-116. … Brogdon missed his second straightfreely during a brief pre-game workout. … Sabonis missed the 27 minutes Friday against Charlotte despite the injury. … Lamb missed his game with an injured toe.
Spurs: Johnson joined David Robinson and Tim Duncan as the only players in franchise history with 700-plusgames. … DeRozan has had 450 joining the league in 2009. Only LeBron James, , James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard, and Carmelo Anthony have more 20-point games over that stretch than DeRozan. … Gorgui Dieng remains out with a shoulder injury. Dieng suffered the injury six minutes into his debut with the team. … Lonnie Walker IV missed his game with a sore right wrist. … Poeltl had 14 points and 13 rebounds for his 10th double-double this .
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