San Antonio Spurs branched their winning streak out to 18 consecutive games on Monday night, beating the Indiana Pacers 103-77.
Their 18 game run brings them up to 8th in the all-time rankings, behind the likes Miami Heat's 27 game run last year and the Boston Celtics 19 game run in the 2008/09 season. Spurs dominated three of the four quarters, taking a ten point lead in the first quarter with Tim Duncan and Tony Parker settling ten points between them.
The second quarter saw Indiana Pacers slowly get into the game, closing the gap by three points, but they couldn't silence Tony Parker who scored eight points as the home side still found themselves a number of points behind the Western Conference leaders.
Then, in the third quarter, the fans got behind the Pacers and they turned it around scoring 25 points to Spurs' 21; closing the overall score down to 10 points as the fourth quarter was all to play for.
However, the class of San Antonio shone through the Bankers' Life Fieldhouse Stadium as Spurs scored a hefty 34 points in the 4th quarter to The Pacers 18. Boris Diaw, Marco Ginobili and Jeff Ayres scoring 22 points between them.
"We'll worry about a couple of things, staying healthy, finishing the season strong and hopefully going into the playoffs with the confidence we're playing with now," he said.
Gregg Popovich's team haven't lost a game since February 21, which was away to the Phoenix Suns who sit seventh in the Western Conference. But since then the Spurs have really shown their class beating the likes of Chicago Bulls, Portland Trail Blazers and, top of the Eastern Conference, Miami Heat.
Spurs sit comfortably at the top of the Southwest division above Houston Rockets, who sit fourth in the overall rankings, as the Spurs have the best on the road record in the Southwest. Popovich's men also sit top of the Western Conference having won 58 games and lost 16, with a winning percentage of 0.784; having the best home and on the road record.
Having already been tipped to be clinching the Western Conference title, which would make it their sixth title and first time in NBA history of two consecutive championship titles, the San Antonio Spurs will want to improve from their last campaign having finished runners-up to the reigning champions Miami Heat.
Considering they won the 2012-13 Western Conference, beating Memphis in the final 4-0, they lost in the NBA finals 4-3 to Heat; drawing three games before Erik Spoelstra's side took the decider 95-88, with LeBron James scoring a massive 37 points.
Moving into this season Spurs signed two free agents in Marco Belinelli and Jeff Ayres, before seeing Gary Neal and DeJuan Blair depart. But their success this season has come through the two T's in Tony Parker and Tim Duncan, as both stars have really been hitting high form this season.
As guard Tony Parker has hit over 1,000 points in 62 games for the Spurs with an average of 17 points per game, and forward Tim Duncan has as well managed over 1,000 points in 68 games, averaging 15 points per game.
Gregg Popovich's next game is at home against Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night, where he'll be hoping to make it 19 games unbeaten having already beaten Mark Jackson's side three times this season.
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