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
"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
"(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
"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.
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.
Duncan has 30 double-doubles in 33 games this season. He
has 375 of them in 484 career games. ... The teams will play again
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