Haliburton helps Pacers snap skid with win over Spurs
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Tyrese Haliburton had 19 points and 10 assists and the Indiana Pacers snapped a three-game skid, beating the San Antonio Spurs 119-108 on Saturday night.
San Antonio opted to sit Dejounte Murray, Keldon Johnson, and Jakob Poeltl one night after coach Gregg Popovich became the winningest coach in NBA history. The Spurs rallied to beat the Utah Jazz 104-102 on Friday night, giving Popovich his 1,336th regular-season victory to break a tie with his friend and mentor, Don Nelson.
The Pacers also were short-handed, with Malcolm Brogdan and T.J. McConnell out along with Myles Turner, Ricky Rubio and T.J. Warren.
Indiana had lost 12 of 15 entering the game but responded with a balanced scoring effort.
Pacers guard Duane Washington Jr. had 19 points, all in the first half, Buddy Hield added 17.
Spurs rookie center Jock Landale had a season-high 26 points. Lonnie Walker IV added 20.
Indiana ensured there was no repeat of a loss Tuesday night, when it blew a two-point lead in the final 40 seconds against Cleveland.
The Pacers led by 19 points in winning their fifth straight in San Antonio.
Washington had 13 points in the second quarter.
Spurs closed the first half on a 14-2 run, forcing consecutive turnovers in the final minute. The Pacers eliminated that momentum by opening the second half on a 12-4 run.
Pacers: Brogdon’s status is day-to-day after suffering a concussion with two minutes remaining in Indiana’s three-point loss to Cleveland on Tuesday. … The Pacers’ last loss in San Antonio was March 1, 2017. Indiana improved to 20-30 against the Spurs in San Antonio. … F Isaiah Jackson and Spurs center Zach Collins were each issued a technical foul with 7:32 remaining in the first half. Jackson sat on the court after Collins fouled him. It was unclear what occurred, but Jackson sprung from the court and began yelling and pointing at Collins. A technical foul was issued to both for an unsportsmanlike action after a video review.
Spurs: Murray missed the game with a bruised left calf. … Poeltl was out with a sore lower back. … Johnson sat out to rest.
Pacers: At Atlanta on Sunday night.
Spurs: Host Minnesota on Monday night.
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