The San Antonio Spurs blew an early double digit lead but they leaned on their experience and defense to pull away in the fourth quarter for a 122-109 opening night victory over the Indiana Pacers.
It was a good win and here are the numbers that stood out in this first Spurs game of the new season.
122 - This is the most points piled up by any Spurs team on opening night since Tim Duncan came into the league.
80.6 - The Spurs made 29 of 36 (80.6%) from the foul line, including 5-5 from Manu Ginobili and DeJuan Blair. It's not stellar, but they did a good job of converting their free throws compared to the Pacers who made just 19 of 28 (67.9%) of their foul shots with Mike Dunleavy going 1-4.
53.2 - The Indiana Pacers had a great shooting night as they shot 53.2% from the field. The Spurs weren't bad either, as they made 50.6% of their shots. But it also mean that the Spurs have a lot of work to do on the defensive end of the floor.
45 - The Spurs shot well from behind the arc, making 9-20 (45%) shot of their attempts. Including 5-9 from Ginobili and 2-5 from rookie James Anderson.
29 - The Spurs shared the ball better as they finished with 29 assists for the game. Nine of them coming from Tony Parker. The Pacers had 20 assists.
28- Roy Hibbert had a monster game as he led all scorers with 28 points including 8-8 from the free throw line.
27 - With Richard Jefferson getting into foul trouble, the Spurs gave Anderson some extended minutes. Anderson responded by scoring 10 points on 4-8 shooting from the field in 27 minutes of action.
23 - Duncan had a great game leading the Spurs with 23 points, 12 boards, 4 blocks, 3 assist and 3 steals, all this while also shooting 10-12 from the field. The Spurs took care of ball pretty well, as they committed just 14 turnovers compared to the Pacers' 23.
16 - Jefferson may had trouble staying on the floor, but he made the most out of it scoring 16 points in 21 minutes including a 3-pointer that sparked the Spurs' rally in the final period.
15 - After scoring just 1 point in the first half, George Hill made his presence felt on the offensive end after half time scoring 15 of his 16 points. The Spurs also had a 15-9 advantage on steals against the Pacers.
1- Duncan, Jefferson, Blair and Antonio McDyess committed just one turnover each for the entire game.
What's Next? The Spurs will face Chris Paul and the New Orleans Hornets on Saturday October 30 in San Antonio. The Hornets also won their season opener over the Milwaukee Bucks 95-91. Paul had 17 points and 16 assists in that game.