Pacers fall to Spurs 103-77, drop into tie for East lead
Tony Parker scored 22 points in the San Antonio Spurs' franchise-record 18th straight victory, a 103-77 rout of the slumping Indiana Pacers on Monday night.
Boris Diaw added 14 points for the Spurs, who bettered their previous longest winning streak that was set from Feb. 19 through March 31, 1996.
"It was the best team that we've played. It wasn't like it was a fluke loss, but we're better than that," said Paul George.
George scored 16 points for the Pacers, who have lost six of seven and their once seemingly safe three-game lead over Miami for the Eastern Conference's top seed. The Heat beat Toronto later Monday, taking a lead by percentage points for the East's best record.
"I think everyone needs to play better - the starters and the bench," said Pacers head coach Frank Vogel. "The issue is rhythm and timing.
San Antonio took control of the game with first-half runs of 11-0 and 15-0 and didn't let the Pacers get closer than eight the rest of the way.
"We have to regroup. We have to have a short term memory because we have another game in a couple nights," said David West.
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