Manu Ginobili scored a season-high 40 points last night, including 24 in a row for the Spurs in a 10-minute span of the first half of a win over the Hawks.
"I've had some good stretches in my career," Ginobili said. "Today was kind of impressive. In those three or four minutes, or however many they were, maybe, yeah, it was some of the best."
Entering the game late in the first quarter, Ginobili missed two of his first four shots before hitting six straight from the field and all seven of his free throws. The Spurs led 39-23 at the end of his flurry, and Ginobili had 27 points on 9-of-13 shooting before halftime.
"He was pretty special tonight," Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich said. "He's just a heck of a hard cover for any defense because he does everything a little bit different than most players. I don't even know what he's going to do half of the time. Tonight he was really on, and he got us over the hump."
· PACERS CHARGED: Pacers G Jamaal Tinsley and G-F Marquis Daniels were charged yesterday in a Feb. 6 bar fight.
A Marion County grand jury indicted Tinsley on a felony charge of intimidation and misdemeanor counts of battery, disorderly conduct and intimidation for the fight at 8 Seconds Saloon in Indianapolis, said Matthew Symons, spokesman for the Marion County prosecutor.
Daniels was charged with battery and disorderly conduct, both misdemeanors.
Tinsley and Daniels were expected to surrender to authorities last night, Symons said.
Lawyers for both players said they would enter pleas of not guilty.
"When there's an allegation that is made, that's what it is -- an allegation," Jim Voyles, Tinsley's attorney, said at a halftime news conference. "There's a presumption of innocence in this country that seems to be lost sometimes."
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