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Victor Wembanyama has 31 points, 12 rebounds as Spurs top Pacers 117-105

Sun, Mar 3, 2024
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Victor Wembanyama has 31 points, 12 rebounds as Spurs top Pacers 117-105

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Victor Wembanyama had 31 points and 12 rebounds to lead the San Antonio Spurs past the Indiana Pacers on 117-105 on Sunday night.

Wembanyama added six blocks, six assists and a steal while going 3 for 4 on 3-pointers. The 7-foot-4 rookie has posted five or more blocks in five of his past six games.

T.J. McConnell had 26 points, Pascal Siakam added 21 and Myles Turner had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Pacers, who have lost three of four.

Malaki Branham had 18 points for the Spurs while starting in place of Julian Champagnie, who has a sprained right ankle. Devin Vassell and Keldon Johnson each had 17 points.

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San Antonio won its second straight after losing five in a row as part of a 1-8 trip last month when its home arena was being used for an annual rodeo.

The Spurs are last in the Western Conference and have not won three games in a row this season. Each of their three previous two-game win streaks was followed by a skid of four games or more.

Indiana entered the game leading the league in scoring at 123.6 points per game but labored through the first three quarters.

Trailing by 13 points, the Pacers went on a 13-1 run to pull within 98-97 midway through the fourth. The Spurs responded with a 10-0 run fueled by six points from Wembanyama.

Indiana erased a 12-point deficit two minutes into the second half, taking its first lead at 55-54 on Turner's 3-pointer.

As he did all game, Wembanyama led the Spurs' response. He assisted on Branham's 3-pointer and followed with a 3 of his own to put San Antonio back up 68-63 midway through the third.

Indiana was held to a season-low 16 points in the opening quarter while shooting 1 for 13 on 3s. Its previous low was 17 points against Boston on Jan. 6.

McConnell had 12 points in the first quarter.

UP NEXT

Pacers: At Dallas on Tuesday night.

Spurs: At Houston on Tuesday night.

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