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INDIANAPOLIS -- San Antonio is steamrolling its way into the playoffs. Indiana cant even figure out whats wrong. And a game that might have been billed as an NBA Finals preview just a week or two ago demonstrated just how wide the disparity is now. Tony Parker scored 22 points, Boris Diaw added 14 and the Spurs broke the franchise record with their 18th consecutive victory, 103-77 over the Pacers on Monday night. "Great streak right now, this was a good win for us tonight," Tim Duncan said. "To continue the streak, all that is good. Well worry about a couple of things, staying healthy, finishing the season strong and hopefully going into the playoffs with the confidence were playing with now." It seems nothing can derail the Spurs (58-16) right now. On a night Duncan went 3 of 10 from the field and Manu Ginobili managed only six points and two assists in 16 minutes, San Antonios Big Three added one more line to its already impressive resume by breaking the franchise record on the 18th anniversary of the only previous 17-game winning streak in Spurs history. This was not just another win. About 75 minutes before tip-off, the Spurs blunt-speaking coach, Gregg Popovich, told reporters that sometimes when a team wins a lot, it just needs to get "slapped." Popovichs players followed a different tack -- taking control early, fending off every challenge along the way and wrapping it up late. The result: San Antonio handed the Pacers their worst home loss of the season and dropped them percentage points behind Miami for the Eastern Conferences top seed. "I think hell be happy if we lose anytime soon," Parker said of Popovich. "Im pretty sure because hes going to rest like half of the team." The loss was a devastating blow to the Pacers (52-23), who have made no secret of their desire to get home-court advantage in the East and had a seemingly safe three-game lead after beating Miami at home last Wednesday. But the Pacers have lost three straight, finished March with an 8-9 record and with the lowest scoring average of any team in the league. They have lost five of six overall and seem to be in full panic mode with seven games left in the regular season. "Its awful, weve been in a downward spiral and weve been splintering a little bit," Roy Hibbert said. "Weve had plenty of players-only meetings and plenty of sit-downs as a team with coaches and weve had some upper management in here, so I dont know. Maybe we should all go to group therapy or something, sit down with Dr. (Chris) Carr and figure out some of our grievances." Carr is the teams performance psychologist. Whatever the problem, these are not the same Pacers who have led the East from opening night through the end of March. Indiana fans, who have seen their team go an NBA-best 33-5 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse this season, let them know they didnt like it by booing briefly throughout the game, most extensively when coach Frank Vogel conceded the loss by sitting his starters for the final 3:37. Paul George scored 16 points. Hibbert and Lance Stephenson each finished with 15, but the Pacers were outrebounded 15-7 on the offensive glass and were beaten 42-28 on second-chance points. "Their togetherness really showed, thats where they beat us," George said. "That was a team thats all together playing as one, the team that we were to start the year." The Spurs put Indiana in a 13-5 hole, then used a 15-0 run to take a 32-15 lead early in the second quarter, forcing Indiana to play catch-up. The Pacers never got closer than seven. Indiana did have a few bursts. Lance Stephenson provided some spunk with a one-handed dunk, a steal and a driving layup in a 39-second span of the second quarter to get the Pacers within 37-26. But Parker hit a 20-footer, Ginobili made 1 of 2 free throws and Parker drove in for a layup to rebuild the lead, which was 48-35 at halftime When George scored four in a row to finally get the Pacers within single digits at 59-50, Parkers layup during a 5-0 spurt helped San Antonio make it 64-50. And when Indiana got as close as seven early in the fourth, the Spurs pulled away. "Its hard to explain," Parker said when asked about the Pacers collapse. "Everybody goes through this. Im not worried about them. Theyll still make it to the Eastern Conference finals and theyll still play Miami." Notes: The 26-point margin also matched Indianas worst loss of the season, at Houston on March 7. ... Indiana has lost six straight home games to San Antonio. Justin Wright-Foreman Jersey . 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Andrei Kirilenko Jersey . - Christophe Lalancette scored a third-period goal and added the shootout winner to lead the Drummondville Voltigeurs to a 5-4 win over the Quebec Remparts in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League play on Sunday.BATON ROUGE, La. -- Les Miles loves calling Death Valley the place opponents dreams go to die. The same might someday be said about Johnny Manziels bid for a second Heisman Trophy. Terrence Magee piled up a career-high 149 yards rushing, LSUs defence pulled the plug on Johnny Football and Texas A&Ms video-game offence, and No. 18 LSU energized Tiger Stadium with a commanding 34-10 victory over the ninth-ranked Aggies on Saturday. "We just got punched in the mouth tonight and it wasnt fun," Manziel said. "It wasnt fun to get beat like that. We will see how we handle adversity. This team with a bunch of young guys -- we just have to see how they bounce back." What was likely Manziels only visit to Tiger Stadium (he could turn pro next year) was among the worst outings of his otherwise brilliant career. He passed for 224 yards and a TD, but completed only 16 of 41 attempts, was sacked twice and intercepted twice as the Aggies road winning streak ended at 10. Two weeks ago, LSUs young defence appeared ground down in the second half of a 38-17 loss at Alabama, begging the question of how vulnerable the unit might be against Texas A&M (8-3, 4-3 Southeastern Conference), whose SEC-leading offence came in averaging a whopping 578 yards and 49.2 points per game. Instead, the Tigers (8-3, 4-3) became the first to shut out Manziel in a first quarter since September of 2012, and ended A&Ms 13-game streak of scoring 40 or more points. The Aggies point and yardage totals were their lowest since coach Kevin Sumlin arrived last season, when Manziel, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner, became the starting quarterback as a redshirt freshman. Miles, given the game ball by his players, counted himself among the least surprised by way the Tigers made Manziels visit a miserable one. "They look forward to playing a quality opponent with marquee written all over it," LSUs coach said. "Competition: Its a long word and theres a lot to it. ... This is a team that knows how to play in big games and will fight you. "The defence rushed and maintained leverage and we put speed on the field and covered," Miles added. "Thats the kind of LSU defence that were used to." The Tigers gave some credit to Odell Beckham, whos been named a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award, given to the nations top receiver. His five catches for 50 yards helped, but it was his work imitating Manziel with the scout team in practice that gave LSUs defence a good sense of how to contain a dynamic scrambler. "Odell may be faster than the opponents quarterback,"; Miles said.dddddddddddd "Hes as elusive as anybody Ive ever known." The Aggies Biletnikoff candidate, Mike Evans, was held to four catches for 51 yards by freshman Rashard Robinson, who also made his first career interception. New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton was among the 92,949 in attendance, eager to get a firsthand look at two of the top quarterbacks in college football. He may have left more impressed with LSUs Zach Mettenberger, who completed 11-of-20 passes for 193 yards and two touchdowns without an interception in chilly, wet and windy conditions. He found Jarvis Landry four times for 87 yards, including touchdowns of 40 and 10 yards. LSU piled up 324 yards on 55 carries, with Magee and Kenny Hilliard each powering in for short scores. LSU also outgained Texas A&M in total yards, 517-299. "With the weather conditions tonight, that was something that kind of had to happen," Magee said. "We wanted to keep Johnny off the field and the only way to do that was to keep the ball on the ground and let the clock run." LSU finished with a time-of-possession advantage of 40:19 to 19:41. That kept the defence fresh, and it showed. In the first half, the Tigers ended one Aggies drive by pressuring Manziel into an errant pass on a fourth-down stop from the LSU 3. Later, Danielle Hunters sack forced A&M to settle for Josh Lambos 41-yard field goal. Senior safety Craig Loston intercepted Manziel in the end zone in the fourth quarter. "We were not able to stay on the field offensively. Because of that our defence just got grounded down. You have got to give LSU credit across the board," Sumlin said. "Offensively, LSU stuck to their plan and I thought our defence held up for a long time, but we gave up a couple of big plays that separated it. Thats something we need to learn from. "You get on the road and the crowd gets into it; I thought we started pressing a little bit offensively," Sumlin added. The temperature at kickoff was 51 degrees, with a chilly breeze powering a soaking, sideways mist. A&M also opened the game driving into the wind, and its passing game appeared the worse for it as Manziel went 2 for 11 in the first quarter, an omen of a tough day ahead. The LSU offence opened with run-heavy play calling and controlled the line of scrimmage, creating the games first explosive play on Magees career-long 65-yard run to the A&M 1. Three plays later, Magee powered in to complete a five-play, 71-yard scoring drive during which he ran on every play -- and the Tigers had the lead for good. ' ' '

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