The San Antonio Spurs want to be the class of the Western Conference and showed the Indiana Pacers exactly the type of ball they expect to play this season. The Spurs took an early lead and continued to apply pressure, beating the Pacers 101-79.
San Antonio stretched its lead to 20 points in the second quarter before George Hill scored seven consecutive points, helping fuel an Indiana rally. It cut a 47-27 lead to 47-38 at the intermission.
The Pacers wouldn't get any closer.
Hill finished the night with a team-high 15 points but shot just 5-of-15 from the field and 2-of-7 from three-point range. The team shot just 34 percent on the night.
The Spurs hit 44 percent of their three-point shots and 47 percent overall.
Player of the Game: DeJuan Blair, C, San Antonio
There are several candidates for this award. Gary Neal had a great game, scoring a game-high 17 points on 8-of-10 shooting. Tim Duncan pulled down 11 rebounds and scored 14 points.
Boris Diaw had several important early baskets to help the Spurs grab the lead.
But the nod goes to Blair, the 6'7" reserve center. He matched Duncan in points and boards, but was a much more efficient 6-of-8 from the field. Duncan missed nine shots on the night.
The Pacers had cut the Spurs lead to four late in the first quarter before Blair scored the final four points in the quarter.
Up Next for the Pacers
Indiana continues its three-game road trip on Wednesday, facing the Atlanta Hawks (1-1). Lou Williams joined Atlanta after spending seven seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers.
Williams has been a critical component for the Hawks, particularly late in games. He's played all 24 minutes in the fourth quarter, scoring 27 of his 41 points in the final frame over the first two games.
Up Next for the Spurs
San Antonio begins a four-game road trip in Los Angeles, facing the Clippers (2-1), who host the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night. The Clippers are attempting to rebound from a 114-110 loss to the Golden State Warriors.
Los Angeles added Jamal Crawford to partner with Blake Griffin and Chris Paul. Crawford leads the team with 25.7 points per game.