SAN ANTONIO – As the weeks go by, the Pacers are giving fans more and more of a reason to look forward to June.
On Saturday, the beat a team they may just see there-and did so handily.
Indiana controlled the second half against the defending Western Conference champion Spurs, leading by as many as 26 points in the fourth quarter before the final looked more civil at 111-100.
In what might be their most impressive effort of the season, the Pacers improve to 18-2 on the season and still hold the best record in the NBA.
Indiana’s starting five finished with double figures in points led by Paul George’s 28 and David West’s 20. Lance Stephenson scored 15 points while George Hill and Roy Hibbert each chipped in 12 a piece.
While the start of the game left something to be desired-with the Spurs taking an eight-point lead at the end of one-the Pacers played some of their most impressive basketball for the next 24 minutes. In the second quarter the Pacers outscored San Antonio 32-20 and then followed it up with a 35 point quarter in which the outscored the Spurs by 18.
The lead ballooned to 26 before the Pacers pulled their starters to get rest for Sunday’s game against the Thunder in Oklahoma City.