SAN ANTONIO (AP) — This was no ordinary victory for Paul George and the Indiana Pacers. They know how difficult it is to beat the San Antonio Spurs.
George scored 28 points and Indiana defeated San Antonio 111-100 on Saturday night, snapping an 11-game skid against the Spurs.
"It means a lot," George said. "We haven't won here since 2002. So it definitely means that we're onto something. Something great is going on in here, if we just continue to keep on this path, we have a positive future."
David West had 20 points and Lance Stephenson scored 15 for the Pacers, who enjoyed a 41-34 rebounding edge. Roy Hibbert and Luis Scola each had 12 points and 10 boards.
"I couldn't be happier with how they played, particularly in the second and third quarter," Pacers coach Frank Vogel said. "Second quarter, getting back in the game, but in the third quarter, really busting it open. Tough to pick a star in the game with as many contributions as we got. Just great balance and a great team win."
Kawhi Leonard scored 18 points for San Antonio, which has dropped three of five. Manu Ginobili added 16 points, Tony Parker had 13 and Tim Duncan finished with 10.
Indiana had lost 12 straight in San Antonio and appeared headed for a baker's dozen early on.
Ginobili's 3-pointer with 9:46 remaining in the first half gave the Spurs a 35-22 lead. It was their largest lead, but also the start of the team's fall as the Pacers' starting five overwhelmed their counterparts.
"We give a lot of credit to Indiana," Parker said. "They just played better than us."
Indiana closed the first half on a 30-18 run and opened the second half with a 12-2 spree.
"We had a good first quarter," Duncan said. "Second quarter they started making some shots and we weren't able to keep up. We went cold, they heated up and got a little lead there. We just couldn't recover."