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New additions make presence felt

The Sports Xchange

The Spurs are 50 games into the season, but they're still getting to know each other. Even through San Antonio is on a seven-game winning streak, this is a team that is incorporating new parts with the playoffs not too far away.

The Spurs beat Indiana 112-103 on Saturday night at AT&T Center. Though the big guns remain consistent in Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker, the supporting cast remains a work in progress.

"I think the more practice we get and the more time we play together, we are starting to realize how deep our team is," said Stephen Jackson, one of the recent newcomers. "We have confidence in everybody to make shots and to be aggressive on offense. That is what Pop teaches us, to believe and respect your teammates and believe anybody can score and knock shots down."

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, aka "Pop", likes what he sees in new arrivals Jackson, Boris Diaw and Patty Mills. The holdovers on the bench, namely Gary Neal and Tiago Splitter, aren't facing the pressure they once did.

Against the Pacers, the second unit scored 52 points.

"We have a lot of players that can do a lot of things," Gary Neal said. "Tonight was one of those nights. The bench came in the second quarter and stretched the lead a little bit. They gave us some breathing room. To get where we want to be it's going to have to be a collective effort."

The Spurs (36-14) aren't in action again until visiting Cleveland on Tuesday.

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