Chalk up another one for the "old guys." The San Antonio Spurs pushed their winning streak to 18 in their 103-77 victory over the Indiana Pacers.
The game was billed as a potential finals preview but didn't live up to the hype.
Led by Tony Parker's 22 points, the Spurs gained an early lead and didn't look back.
The Pacers pride themselves on being a big and physical team, but they were outmuscled by the Spurs. The Spurs controlled the paint and won the battle on the offensive glass, which led to San Antonio getting 42 second-chance points.
While the Spurs got very little from stars Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili, San Antonio still played a masterful game. The veteran Spurs proved they can dominate even when two of the Big Three are having an off night. This game showed how dangerous San Antonio can and will be in the playoffs and why it should be considered a favorite to win the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy.
A huge reason for the Spurs' win streak is their dominance on offense and defense.
Before the game Gregg Popovich didn't seem to be a big fan of the win streak:
Popovich didn't seem too excited about the Spurs' drumming of the Pacers either:
The Pacers appear to be on the opposite end of the spectrum as the Spurs. Indiana is not playing to its potential and risks heading into the playoffs on a cold streak. This is leading to a lot of frustration among Pacers players.
This frustration seems to be bleeding onto the court.
The loss has led to the Pacers losing their hold of first place in the Eastern Conference. With their win on Monday night, the Heat have officially taken over the top seed.
Pacers fans are becoming extremely dissatisfied with the work Frank Vogel has done as head coach of the Pacers.
While Pacers fans are upset with the way their team is playing, the Spurs fans are just the opposite.
The win has some Spurs fans looking to the finals.
Other fans are perplexed how the Spurs are playing this well:
While San Antonio's win streak has some thinking of a popular Nelly song:
The Spurs now must turn their attention to the Golden State Warriors for their contest on Wednesday. Can the "old" Spurs continue their impressive streak against the young, sharpshooting Warriors?
One thing is for sure, the "old men" of the Spurs are heading in the right direction as the Pacers are heading in the wrong one. Whether it matters come playoff time remains to be seen.