Ellis, George combine to lead Pacers past Spurs
(The Sports XChange) - When the Indiana Pacers lost at San Antonio in December, Monta Ellis and Paul George scored a combined 13 points on 4 of 24 field-goal shooting, helping the Spurs pull away to a comfortable 14-point victory.
Monday night's rematch in Bankers Life Fieldhouse was quite a different production for Ellis and George, who combined for 49 points on 15 of 33 shooting in Indiana's 99-91 victory.
Ellis scored 26 points, including 21 in the second half, and George added 23, including two free throws with 15.7 seconds remaining to give Indiana (34-30) a 97-91 lead,
The Spurs (53-10) had an eight-game winning streak snapped and were without coach Gregg Popovich, who was home with an ailing family member.
"We were dialed in and more focused this time," said George, who was 1 of 14 in the game in San Antonio. "I knew I needed a better effort. This was one of our best games overall. We did a great job for four quarters against a great team."
Ellis, who carried the Pacers during the second half each time San Antonio closed the gap, said Indiana's defense won the game.
"We got stops," Ellis said. "On the other end, my teammates found me when I was open. That was a great team, and this was a big win for us. Everybody refreshed their minds at the All-Star break, and everybody got locked in. We have had some tough losses, but we've stayed together."
Rodney Stuckey scored 12 for Indiana, and Ian Mahinmi had 11 points and nine rebounds. The Pacers shot 41 percent from the field (32 of 78) and outscored the Spurs 28-19 from the free-throw line.
Forwards Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge each scored 23 for San Antonio, and Patty Mills came off the bench for 17. The Spurs shot a season-low 35.4 percent (34 of 96). Continued...