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Gregg Popovich: ‘It was a heck of a competitive game’ as Spurs nip Pacers, 110-106 behind Leonard’s 32

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LaMarcus Aldridge of San Antonio Spurs
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Kawhi Leonard had 32 points and the San Antonio Spurs got the road win over the Indiana Pacers on Monday night. The final score was at 110-106 for the Spurs, which bounced back from a previous poor performance against the New York Knicks.

Leonard shot 13-of-23 field goals and added 6 rebounds and 4 steals. LaMarcus Aldridge had 19 points and 7 rebounds while three others finished with 12 points. The Spurs outrebounded the Pacers, 49-37 to make up for the poor field goal shooting as a team, at 46.0%. The Pacers shot better at 48.7% but second chance points was big for the Spurs in this game.

Spurs remain one of the best in the West

One of the best road teams this year, the Spurs got the lead in the third quarter after the game was tied in the first half, 49-49. San Antonio outscored the Pacers, 34-30 in the third quarter but the Pacers came back to get the lead late in the fourth, 97-94. But the Spurs went on a 6-0 run to get back the lead and held off the Pacers’ rallies in the end game.

The Pacers had chances to get back the lead late. But the Spurs got an offensive rebound late that led to made free throws from Aldridge. Paul George led the losing side with 27 points while Myles Turner added 22 points and 6 rebounds.

Gregg Popovich was impressed with the Pacers’ competitiveness on Monday. The Spurs head coach said that he was glad that they got the big road win at this point of the season.

“It was a heck of a competitive game. It was real physical and aggressive. I thought both teams played real well. I’m obviously thrilled with a win on the road. It could have gone either way,” Popovich said postgame via ESPN.

One more game for Spurs, Pacers before break

The Golden State Warriors lost via an upset to the Denver Nuggets also on Monday. With the Spurs win, they are now just four games behind the Warriors. The Spurs improved to 23-7 on the road just second to the Warriors’ record on the road at 23-6. The Spurs take on the Orlando Magic in their next game, their final one before the All-Star weekend.

Meanwhile, the Pacers have lost four straight games. They dropped to 29-26 for the season and now in sixth place in the Eastern Conference. They will face the Cleveland Cavaliers in their final game before the midseason break.

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