Indiana opened the game by going 8 of 10 from 3-point range and taking a 43-31 lead after one quarter. Then, unlike their previous games, the Pacers continued accelerating. By halftime, the Pacers extended the margin to 78-56 and had five players in double figures.
San Antonio couldn’t get closer than 18 until the final minutes in its most lopsided loss this season.
Spurs: Devin Vassell scored 15 points and Jakob Poeltl had 11 points six rebounds. … White finished with seven assists and Murray had six. … San Antonio played without forward-center Zach Collins (ankle) and former Pacers guard Doug McDermott (knee). … The Spurs had won their last two games in Indy, but have lost four straight in San Antonio.
Pacers: Despite being without guards Malcolm Brogdon (hamstring), Jeremy Lamb (sprained ankle) and forwards T.J. Warren (foot) and Isaiah Jackson (knee), Indiana still posted season-high scoring totals in the first quarter, first half and third quarter (31). … Sabonis had six assists and Turner had eight rebounds, while T.J. McConnell had 10 points and 10 assists. … Carlisle is now tied with Nate McMillan (183) for the third-most wins in the franchise’s NBA era. Carlisle won 181 games in his first head coaching stint with the Pacers. … Twenty-five service members were sworn into office at halftime of the game.
Popovich and Carlisle squared off dozens of times during Carlisle’s 13-year tenure in Dallas, and there’s a mutual respect between two of the three active coaches with the most career wins.
Before the game, Carlisle told reporters that when he took a year off, he visited San Antonio’s training camp at the invitation of Popovich. Just how much does Carlisle think of Popovich?