Belinelli’s late shot helps Popovich get 1,000th win

Indianapolis, IN ( – The San Antonio Spurs used a fourth
quarter comeback and some late heroics to make Gregg Popovich’s 1,000th win a
memorable one.

Marco Belinelli hit a go-ahead jumper with 2.1 seconds left and the Spurs
edged the Indiana Pacers 95-93 on Monday night.

Popovich, who became the ninth coach to reach the milestone, is the third
fastest and the second to accomplish the feat with one team. Phil Jackson
reached the mark in 1,423 games, Pat Riley in 1,434 and Popovich got there in

One of Popovich’s previous players could’ve prevented win No. 1,000 from
happening, but George Hill’s straightaway 3-pointer at the horn clanked
off the right side of the rim.

San Antonio outscored Indiana 30-14 in the final frame after trailing by 14 at
the end of three.

Tony Parker had 19 points and six assists, Tim Duncan added 15 points and
eight rebounds and Danny Green pulled down 12 rebounds for the Spurs, who have
won 10 of their last 13 games.

They’ve taken 15 of the last 16 matchups against the Pacers.

Rodney Stuckey netted 18 points, while David West supplied 10 points and 18
boards for Indiana, which had won four of its last five contests coming in.

After Belinelli’s 3-pointer tied the game at 59-59 with 5:03 left in the third
quarter, the Pacers closed the frame on a 20-6 run to pull ahead. Solomon
Hill hit a triple and converted a layup before C.J. Watson capped the surge
with a trey for a 79-65 Pacers cushion.

Indiana outscored San Antonio 34-18 in the third.

The Spurs, though, ripped off nine in a row to knot things up, with a Kawhi
Leonard three-point play, Duncan layup and a pair of Parker free throws
squaring the game at 91-91 with 3:13 remaining.

A Stuckey pull-up jumper put the Pacers back in front and an Aron Baynes tip-
in evened the contest again with 56.7 ticks on the clock.

West was off the mark on a foul line jumper at the other end. Danny Green was
unable to connect on a left corner triple, but Duncan snatched the offensive

Leonard had the ball along the right wing following a timeout, dribbled just
outside of the right block to force a double team and kicked it out to the
left corner. Belinelli pumped to lead Stuckey astray, pulled up and hit
nothing but net from the baseline.

Earlier, Kawhi Leonard finished off a 12-4 burst with a 3 to stake the Spurs
to a quick 18-10 advantage. They were up 30-28 following a quarter of play and
47-45 at the break.

Game Notes

Popovich is in his 19th season with San Antonio and is currently the longest
tenured coach in the four major sports … Indiana has dropped its last seven
home games against the Spurs … San Antonio turned the ball over just seven