Sunday, December 17, 2017
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A Pacers rarity: win over Spurs

INDIANAPOLIS — Monta Ellis scored 26 and Paul George added 23 to help the Pacers end the Spurs' eight-game winning streak with a 99-91 victory Monday night.

The Pacers led by double digits most of the night and hung on after San Antonio got within three several times in the final two minutes.

It's only the second time in 17 meetings since 2008 that the Pacers have beaten the Spurs.

Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge each had 23 points for the Spurs.

The loss came hours after the team said coach Gregg Popovich did not make the trip because of a "family medical situation." A team spokesman did not provide additional details about his absence. Popovich will also miss tonight's game at Minnesota, and is expected to return after that.

Indiana grabbed the lead with a 14-0 first-quarter run and never trailed again.

It was a stark contrast to the first meeting between the old ABA rivals, which San Antonio won 106-92. In that one, George had his worst game of the season, going 1 of 14 from the field and 1 of 5 on 3-pointers. On Monday, George was 7 of 20 from the field, 2 of 5 on 3s, made all seven of his free throws. His three-point play with 15.7 seconds left sealed it.

San Antonio missed 14 of its first 15 3s, shot a season-low 35.4 percent from the field and spent almost all of the game playing catch-up.

After giving up back-to-back baskets to start the game, the Pacers ran off 14 points in a row to take the lead that they extended to 25-13 after one quarter.

GRIZZLIES EDGE CAVS: Tony Allen scored a season-high 26 points and the visiting Grizzlies, missing starters Mike Conley (foot), Zach Randolph (knee), Chris Andersen (shoulder) and Matt Barnes (hamstring), stunned the Cavaliers 106-103. Vince Carter made four free throws in the final 13.4 seconds. Memphis, which dressed eight players and had more coaches than players on the bench, forced Cleveland into a season-high 25 turnovers. Allen was back after missing eight games with a knee injury. LeBron James scored 28 for the Cavaliers and surpassed John Havlicek for 13th on the NBA's career scoring list.

Game highlights: Kemba Walker scored 21 of his 34 points in the third quarter and the host Hornets held off the Timberwolves 108-103 for their fourth straight win. Al Jefferson came off the bench to add 20 points, Marvin Williams had 15 and Nicolas Batum 11 for the Hornets. Karl-Anthony Towns had 28 points and 14 rebounds, and Anthony Wiggins added 25 points for the Timberwolves, who led 55-51 with 9:25 left in the third quarter. Walker hit five 3-pointers in the third and Charlotte rallied, leading to seven lead changes and two ties. His jumper with 1:52 left put the Hornets up for good 74-73. Charlotte led 100-85 with 3:50 left in the fourth. Minnesota rallied pulled within 104-101 with 15 seconds left before Jeremy Lin hit four free throws over the final 12 seconds. … Pau Gasol had 12 points, 17 rebounds, 13 assists and five blocks, and the host Bulls beat the Bucks 100-90 with All-Star Jimmy Butler sidelined by swelling in his left knee. The Bulls had six players score in double figures in their second straight win after a four-game slide. Derrick Rose scored 22 points, Mike Dunleavy had 18 and E'Twaun Moore finished with 16 points and seven assists. It wasn't clear when Butler, who returned for one game after missing 11 with a strained left knee then sat out Monday, can play again.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: The Pacers signed point guard Ty Lawson, who was arrested twice last year on drunken-driving charges, once in Denver and once in Los Angeles, and was traded from Denver to Houston last summer. He was benched 11 games into the season and the Rockets bought out his contract last week. … Bucks point guard Michael Carter-Williams has left hip surgery scheduled for Thursday and will miss the rest of the season. He will need three months to recover.

Pacers 99, Spurs 91

SAN ANTONIO (91): Leonard 9-23 4-6 23, Aldridge 9-20 5-5 23, Duncan 3-9 3-3 9, Parker 2-8 2-2 6, Green 2-8 0-0 4, Ginobili 1-8 0-0 2, West 2-3 0-0 4, Diaw 0-2 0-0 0, Mills 6-13 2-2 17, Anderson 0-2 3-4 3, Miller 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 34-96 19-22 91.

INDIANA (99): George 7-20 7-7 23, Turner 3-11 3-4 9, Mahinmi 4-8 3-4 11, G.Hill 2-7 0-0 5, Ellis 8-13 8-8 26, J.Hill 4-9 0-0 8, Stuckey 3-7 5-5 12, Lawson 0-1 0-0 0, S.Hill 1-2 2-2 5. Totals 32-78 28-30 99.

San Antonio 13 19 30 29— 91

Indiana 25 20 28 26— 99

3-Point GoalsSan Antonio 4-28 (Mills 3-10, Leonard 1-7, Diaw 0-2, Ginobili 0-4, Green 0-5), Indiana 7-16 (Ellis 2-4, George 2-5, Stuckey 1-1, S.Hill 1-2, G.Hill 1-3, Turner 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsSan Antonio 59 (Duncan 14), Indiana 54 (G.Hill, Turner 10). AssistsSan Antonio 15 (Parker 5), Indiana 19 (G.Hill 5). Total FoulsSan Antonio 19, Indiana 18. A16,742 (18,165).

Grizzlies 106, Cavaliers 103

MEMPHIS (106): Hairston 2-9 4-5 9, Green 6-13 4-4 16, Hollins 2-2 0-0 4, Chalmers 7-17 2-3 17, Allen 11-17 3-3 26, Martin 1-4 0-0 2, Stephenson 8-15 0-1 17, Carter 4-9 5-6 15. Totals 41-86 18-22 106.

CLEVELAND (103): James 11-19 4-5 28, Love 2-9 10-10 14, Mozgov 1-3 0-0 2, Irving 9-16 6-7 27, Smith 2-11 1-2 6, Dellavedova 1-6 0-0 2, Thompson 5-6 1-3 11, Shumpert 3-5 2-2 9, Frye 1-2 0-0 2, Jefferson 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 36-80 24-29 103.

Memphis 33 25 24 24— 106

Cleveland 25 24 25 29— 103

3-Point GoalsMemphis 6-20 (Carter 2-4, Stephenson 1-1, Allen 1-1, Hairston 1-6, Chalmers 1-6, Green 0-2), Cleveland 7-29 (Irving 3-7, James 2-4, Shumpert 1-2, Smith 1-8, Jefferson 0-1, Frye 0-1, Love 0-3, Dellavedova 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMemphis 38 (Green 10), Cleveland 60 (Love 11). AssistsMemphis 23 (Chalmers 7), Cleveland 23 (Irving, James 5). Total FoulsMemphis 26, Cleveland 22. TechnicalsHairston, Stephenson, Memphis defensive three second, Love. A20,562 (20,562).

Hornets 108, T'wolves 103

MINNESOTA (103): Wiggins 11-17 2-3 25, Dieng 5-9 2-2 12, Towns 11-18 6-7 28, Rubio 2-6 6-6 10, LaVine 7-20 3-4 19, Muhammad 2-6 0-0 5, Jones 1-3 0-0 2, Prince 0-1 0-0 0, Smith 0-0 0-0 0, Payne 0-0 0-0 0, Rudez 0-0 2-2 2. Totals 39-80 21-24 103.

CHARLOTTE (108): Batum 5-15 0-0 11, Williams 6-12 0-0 15, Zeller 2-4 2-2 6, Walker 12-20 4-6 34, Lee 2-7 0-0 4, Jefferson 9-14 2-3 20, Lin 1-8 6-6 9, Lamb 3-6 0-0 7, Kaminsky 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 41-90 14-17 108.

Minnesota 18 31 26 28— 103

Charlotte 23 24 35 26— 108

3-Point GoalsMinnesota 4-15 (LaVine 2-8, Wiggins 1-1, Muhammad 1-3, Rubio 0-3), Charlotte 12-30 (Walker 6-9, Williams 3-6, Lamb 1-3, Lin 1-4, Batum 1-5, Lee 0-1, Kaminsky 0-2). Fouled OutZeller. ReboundsMinnesota 45 (Towns 14), Charlotte 51 (Williams, Walker 7). AssistsMinnesota 22 (Rubio 10), Charlotte 20 (Walker 6). Total FoulsMinnesota 19, Charlotte 17. A15,912 (19,077).

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