Spurs 98, Magic 83

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SAN ANTONIO (AP)—The Orlando Magic were victim No. 1 in San Antonio’s current winning streak. They became victim No. 12 Friday night.

The Spurs, led by Tony Parker, went on a 15-0 run late in the final period to defeat the Magic 98-83.

Tim Duncan led San Antonio with 27 points and 16 rebounds, while Parker added a season-high 22 points and reserve Robert Horry had 14—his high total with the Spurs.

“Every night different people step up,” Duncan said. “The guys on the bench are eager to get on the floor and take their opportunity.”

The Spurs began their winning streak Dec. 5 in Orlando after losing four straight and dropping into last place in the Midwest Division with a record of 9-10. San Antonio now sits atop the division at 21-10.

The Spurs were up 83-81 when Duncan hit a short jump hook with 6:09 remaining to begin the decisive run. Bruce Bowen made a corner 3-pointer with 3:36 left to make it 90-81, and Parker scored on three consecutive possessions.

“I thought Tony Parker was the one guy who turned the momentum,” Magic coach Johnny Davis said. “He did such a great job of penetrating our defense and then either scoring or finding people.”

Parker said he was just taking what Orlando was giving him.

“They were playing a lot of zone and you have to attack it,” he said.

Orlando didn’t break the Spurs’ run until Zaza Pachulia put in a layup with 3.9 seconds remaining. The Magic missed seven straight shots and had three turnovers during the drought.

Tracy McGrady paced Orlando with 24 points on 8-for-21 shooting, 16 of those points coming in the first half.

“You spend so much energy coming back from being down and just staying in it that by the end you are worn out both mentally and physically,” said McGrady, who scored 41 in Orlando’s 113-101 overtime defeat of Cleveland on Thursday.

Juwan Howard added 13 points and Gordan Giricek 10 for the Magic, which had won four of five.

After trailing by 10 at halftime, a jumper by McGrady and a 3-pointer by Giricek halved the Spurs’ advantage to 50-45. Late in the period the Magic got within one, 69-68, on a short hook by Howard, but San Antonio followed with a pair of free throws by Parker and Horry’s second 3-pointer to make it 74-68.

Orlando’s Drew Gooden, averaging 16.1 points and 10.1 rebounds in his previous eight outings, was limited to eight points and four rebounds.

“It really is fantastic to watch them play, how they play together,” Gooden said of the Spurs. “A young team like this one can learn a lot from watching them play … both offensively and defensively.”

McGrady hit a cutting Giricek with an over-the-shoulder pass for a layup to give the Magic a 14-9 lead with 4:40 left in the first. But in the final four minutes of the period, San Antonio went on a 15-4 run, with Duncan scoring three of those baskets inside.

A 3-pointer by Hedo Turkoglu early in the second put the Spurs up 31-21, andSan Antonio kept that 10-point margin most of the way to halftime.

Notes

Orlando is 2-11 against the Western Conference, while San Antonio is 11-1 against teams from the East. … Parker has averaged 18.7 points and 9.7 assists in the past three games. He had five assists Friday. … The Spurs missed 12 of their 25 free throws. … Orlando waived F Monty Williams, twodays after acquiring him from Philadelphia for a second-round pick in 2004.

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8 Rebs, 4 Assists
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