SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Kawhi Leonard had 24 points and the San Antonio Spurs surged past the Indiana Pacers for a 106-92 victory Monday night to remain undefeated at home.
San Antonio (24-5) is off to the second best start in franchise history, including 16-0 at home. The Spurs have 21 wins by double figures.
Tony Parker had 15 points, including nine in the final quarter, for San Antonio, which has won 6 straight. Boris Diaw added 14 points and LaMarcus Aldridge and Patty Mills had 10 each.
David West had seven points and five rebounds in his first game against the Pacers since leaving in the offseason to sign with the Spurs.
George Hill and Jordan Hill each had 15 points for Indiana.
Two of the league’s top defenses fought early. The Spurs lead the league in opponent scoring at 88.9 points and the Pacers are seventh at 92.7.
San Antonio had just six points in the first six minutes of the game, two fewer than Indiana.
Leonard and Paul George had their own physical battle, with each trying to get the best of the other on both ends of the court.
With George bumping and hand checking him at the top of the key, Leonard drove to the lane and banked in an over-the-shoulder left-handed layup in traffic. George attempted to respond, but Tim Duncan blocked his driving layup on the ensuing possession.
The back-to-back plays electrified the crowd and the Spurs, who scored nine of the next 11 points for a 70-62 lead. Leonard had five points, a rebound and a steal in the run.
Parker was 4 for 6 in taking over in the fourth quarter, including a spin and two upfakes in the lane to evade George Hill and scoop in a layup.
Pacers: George Hill, who was with the Spurs from 2008-11, received a loud ovation during pregame introduction. Hill was traded to the Pacers for the rights to Leonard. … George had two steals, giving him 512 for his career to tie Derrick McKey for eighth in franchise history. … Indiana was shooting 38.6 percent from three-point range, which is second best in the league. … Rodney Stuckey has scored in double figures in seven straight games after posting 16 against the Spurs.
Spurs: San Antonio is off to the second-best start in franchise history, trailing only the 25-4 record in 2011. … Texas men’s basketball coach Shaka Smart was in attendance, seated next to Spurs general manager R.C. Buford. … Aldridge was a rebound shy of his 10th double-double of the season, which would have tied him with Duncan for most on the team this season.