SAN ANTONIO — Caris LeVert scored 26 factors and the short-handed Indiana Pacers snapped a three-game shedding streak with a 139-133 additional time victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday night time.
“We simply needed to come back out and attempt to simply have enjoyable with the sport once more,” LeVert mentioned. “I really feel like we have been type of letting the losses take away from the very fact we get to play basketball for a residing. I believe right this moment we obtained again to simply having enjoyable and it confirmed on the market on the court docket.”
Indiana had a season-high level whole even with accidents sidelining Domantas Sabonis, Malcolm Brogdon and Jeremy Lamb.
Aaron Vacation, Myles Turner and T.J. McConnell every had 18 factors for the Pacers. McConnell and Turner mixed for 11 factors in additional time.
The Spurs misplaced their second straight house recreation in additional time and are 2-6 of their nine-game homestand, which concludes Monday in opposition to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
“We simply can’t hand over 139 factors,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich mentioned. “The 139 factors killed us. Finish of story.”
Spurs veteran DeMar DeRozan had 25 factors for his 450th profession recreation with a minimum of 20 factors. Dejounte Murray and Keldon Johnson every had 20 factors and Derrick White added 18.
San Antonio outscored Indiana 5-Zero within the last two minutes to power the additional interval.
San Antonio lower Indiana’s result in 126-125 with 50.2 second remaining on a layup and a pair of free throws by Rudy Homosexual. Jakob Poeltl then picked off a wild move from LeVert within the lane. DeRozan, who made one among two free throws to tie the sport at 126, missed an 18-footer on the shut of regulation.
San Antonio, which entered the sport 21-Three when main by 10 factors, took a 10-point lead within the opening interval. Indiana pushed again and grabbed an 11-point lead within the second quarter.
“We simply obtained to speak higher,” Johnson mentioned. “Talk higher, guard higher. It’s all issues that we will repair and get higher at.”
The Pacers got here inside 4 factors of tying their season excessive for first-half factors with out Sabonis, Brogdon and Lamb, who account for 51.5 factors per recreation.
“It felt actually good,” mentioned Indiana guard Kelan Martin, who had 9 factors. “The vitality was simply completely different.”
Indiana had just one 3-pointer within the first quarter, however the long-range taking pictures wasn’t vital. The Pacers’ first 12 factors have been within the paint, as have been 10 of the Spurs’ first 12.
Indiana was taking pictures 68% from the sector with 2:30 left within the first half and closed the primary half at 66% in taking a 67-59 lead.
Pacers: Indiana had a season-high 71 factors within the first half in opposition to Memphis on Feb. 2. Sabonis, Brogdon and Lamb all began that recreation, which the Pacers received 134-116. … Brogdon missed his second straight recreation with a sore proper hip, however was shifting freely throughout a quick, pre-game exercise. … Sabonis missed the sport with a bruised left quadricep after taking part in 27 minutes Friday in opposition to Charlotte regardless of the harm. … Lamb missed his third straight recreation with an injured toe.
Spurs: Johnson joined David Robinson and Tim Duncan as the one gamers in franchise historical past with 700-plus factors and 330-plus rebounds of their first 60 profession video games with the crew. … DeRozan has 450 video games of 20-plus factors since becoming a member of the league in 2009. Solely LeBron James, Kevin Durant, James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard and Carmelo Anthony have extra 20-point video games over that stretch than DeRozan. … Gorgui Dieng stays out with a shoulder harm. Dieng suffered the harm six minutes into his debut with the crew. … Lonnie Walker IV missed his seventh straight recreation with a sore proper wrist. … Poeltl had 14 factors and 13 rebound for his 10th double-double this season.
Pacers: Host the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday.
Spurs: Host the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday.