Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 1/10

Game 1: Saturday, January 10th
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Game 2: Friday, January 16th
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Pacers 88

(28-11, 14-7 away)

Spurs 89

 

    Coverage: KRRT

    7:30 PM ET, January 10, 2004

    AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

    1 2 3 4 OT T
    IND 19 18 21 23 788
    SA 27 14 23 17 889

    Top Performers

    Ind: J. O'Neal 22 Pts, 11 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Blk

    SA: T. Duncan 30 Pts, 15 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    Artest unable to call timeout as clock expires

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- It was supposed to be Tony Parker's shot, but the ball instead ended up in Hedo Turkoglu's hands. The result couldn't have been better.

    Turkoglu hit a 3-pointer with two-tenths of a second remaining to force overtime, and then he made two baskets in the extra period to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 89-88 victory over Indiana on Saturday night.

    "It was like an Ali-Frazier matchup," said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, whose team won their fourth straight and 17th in the past 18 games. "They are the best team we've played."

    Down 81-78 with 3.9 seconds remaining in regulation, the Spurs took the ball out just past halfcourt. Turkoglu inbounded to Tim Duncan, who touch-passed the ball back.

    Turkoglu took one dribble, gave Indiana's Jamaal Tinsley a head fake and then launched the high-arcing 3-pointer that sent the game to overtime.

    "(The play) wasn't for me -- actually it was for Tony Parker," he said. "But (Tinsley) switched on me and we didn't have time."

    Turkoglu, who finished with 15 points, missed a 3-pointer with 3.9 seconds left in overtime and a long rebound came out to the Pacers' Ron Artest.

    Artest, who scored 18 of his 21 points in the second half, started to take the ball upcourt, but then tried to call a timeout as time expired.

    Indiana coach Rick Carlisle stormed onto the court to argue that some time was still on the clock. When the officials stuck to their call, Carlisle gave them a dismissive wave as he walked off.

    Later both Carlisle and Artest agreed that the referees made the right call.

    "I didn't get the timeout," Artest conceded. "I juggled the ball just a little bit and then that was it."

    The loss snapped Indiana's seven-game winning streak. The Pacers, leaders in the Central Division, had also won four straight on the road.

    It looked like Indiana was going to win the game in regulation after trailing by as much as nine points in the first half.

    Al Harrington made a jumper from the free throw line with 26.4 seconds and Reggie Miller hit two free throws with 3.9 seconds left to give the Pacers a 81-78 lead and set up Turkoglu's shot.

    Early in overtime, Turkoglu passed to Duncan for a dunk and then made the Spurs' next two baskets to put San Antonio up 87-82.

    Miller and Harrington made consecutive 3-pointers to give Indiana an 88-87 lead with 1:25 left.

    Duncan (30 points, 15 rebounds) made the game's final basket, a 6-foot baseline jumper over Jermaine O'Neal.

    "We feel like we let one get away," said O'Neal, who led his team with 22 points and 11 rebounds.

    Harrington scored 17 and Miller 11 for the Pacers, while Rasho Nesterovic had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Spurs.

    Charlie Ward, who signed with San Antonio on Thursday, had three rebounds and three assists in his first 11 minutes as a Spur.

    "It was exciting," said Ward, who has not yet practiced with his new team. "It was also good to be a winner."

    Ward checked into the game with 2:18 left in the first quarter, and before the period was over, he had two assists by feeding Ron Mercer for a pair of baskets.

    "He acted like he's been here for five years," Popovich said.

    The Spurs led 28-19 early in the second before Indiana scored 10 unanswered points to take its first lead, 29-28, on a power dunk by Harrington midway through the quarter.

    San Antonio's first basket of the period came seconds later when Turkoglu hit his second 3-pointer, and the Spurs rebuilt their lead to as many as six points late in the half.

    Game notes


    Duncan has 30 double-doubles in 33 games this season. He has 375 of them in 484 career games. ... The teams will play again in Indianapolis on Friday night.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    IND
    SA
    Points 88 89
    FGM-FGA 36-88 (.409) 33-80 (.413)
    3PM-3PA 2-9 (.222) 5-11 (.455)
    FTM-FTA 14-17 (.824) 18-28 (.643)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 5-40 13-56
    Assists 15 25
    Turnovers 12 23
    Steals 10 7
    Blocks 4 8
    Fast Break Points 4 4
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (1/0) 17 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Indiana
    San Antonio
    Jermaine O'Neal O'Neal
    Points: 22
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1
    Tim Duncan Duncan
    Points: 30
    Reb: 15
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 2