Spurs beat Magic 121-112, win 6th straight
- Article by: RAUL DOMINGUEZ
- Associated Press
- March 8, 2014 - 10:15 PM
SAN ANTONIO — Tony Parker scored 30 points, Manu Ginobili added 24 and the San Antonio Spurs overcame a lethargic performance to beat the Orlando Magic 121-112 on Saturday night.
Kawhi Leonard added 17 points, Tiago Splitter scored 14, Danny Green 12 and Tim Duncan had 11 points and 10 rebounds as the Spurs (46-16) extended their winning streak to six games.
Tobias Harris scored 23 points, Nikola Vucevic added 19 points and 13 rebounds, and Arron Afflalo had 17 points for Orlando (19-45). Maurice Harkless added 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Magic, who were swept in the season series.
Coming off the emotional high of a 111-87 victory over Miami two nights earlier in an NBA Finals rematch, San Antonio appeared listless against the Southeast Division's last-place team.
Led by former Spurs player and assistant Jacque Vaughn, the Magic gave his former team a tense evening before San Antonio closed it out late.
Ginobili lured E'Twaun Moore into hitting his right triceps, as he rose for an off-balance, fallaway, 14-foot jumper. The Argentine guard made the free throw to complete the three-point play and give San Antonio a 114-104 lead with 2:34 remaining.
Leonard followed with a breakaway dunk off a turnover and Parker nailed a 3-pointer to put the Spurs up 119-104 with just under 2 minutes left.
NOTES: Spurs P Jeff Ayres (sprained hand) was originally listed on the pregame roster as not playing, but was cleared later in the day. . Magic rookie G Victor Oladipo (sore left ankle) missed his second straight game after playing in the team's first 62. . Vaughn played for the Spurs from 2006-09 and was an assistant under coach Gregg Popovich for two seasons beginning in the 2010-11 season prior to becoming the Magic's coach. Before the game, Popovich walked over to the Orlando bench to greet Vaughn. . Popovich was asked if he would consider becoming a studio analyst once his coaching days are over. "Just watch one of my end-of-quarter interviews and I think that will answer your question concisely and accurately," Popovich said, attempting to stifle a chuckle. . Orlando has made at least one 3-pointer in 556 consecutive games dating back to March 17, 2007. . San Antonio celebrated the 31st anniversary of its mascot, the Coyote, throughout the game. On hand for the celebration were the Portland Trail Blazers' mascot, Blaze, and Rocky of the Denver Nuggets.
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