|(NBA) Spurs record win No 18
Tony Parker scored 22 points as San Antonio Spurs won their franchise record 18th consecutive game by routing the struggling Indiana Pacers 103-77 on Monday night in a US National Basket Ball Association game.
Kawhi Leonard tallied 13 points and 11 rebounds, while Boris Diaw came off the bench to score 14 points for the Spurs who used a 12-4 fourth quarter surge to help seal the victory and keep their streak alive.
San Antonio won 17 in a row during the 1995-96 NBA regular season.
Now they have improved to 58 wins and 16 losses and are 3.5 games ahead of the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Western Conference's best record.
While the Spurs are soaring, Pacers are headed in the opposite direction.
Indiana suffered their sixth loss in eight games and lost its grip atop the Eastern Conference standings. They are now tied with the defending champions Miami Heat, who beat the Toronto Raptors on Monday, for the top spot.
Lance Stephenson finished with 15 points for the Pacers, who haven't shot more than 40 percent from the floor in six games.
The Pacers trailed by double digits for most of the game, but a Rasual Butler three pointer pulled them within 69-62 early in the fourth quarter in front of a crowd of 18,100 at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse arena.
San Antonio then went on a 12-4 run to restore their double digit lead. Leonard's dunk capped the surge and staked the Spurs to an 85-69 halfway through the final quarter. They cruised to victory from there.
Earlier, San Antonio roared out to a 13-5 start and led 25-15 going into the second quarter. They held a double-figure lead throughout the second quarter and took a 48-35 lead into halftime.
San Antonio also led 69-59 at the end of three quarters.—AFP