It simply wasn't enough. The final five minutes was as frustrating as it gets; easy shots going awry, David West even missing two consecutive free throws late when the team just needed to see something, anything, go in.
It was another heartbreaker for the Indiana Pacers, who despite a 17-point third quarter lead, and a double digit lead in the fourth, let the San Antonio Spurs show them first hand what a good team does: close games.
It has been a big team effort, with Paul George's 10 leading a Pacers team where all ten players have scored, including five assists from George Hill and D.J. Augustin, as well as 11 rebounds from Tyler Hansbrough.