NBA Game Summary - San Antonio at Orlando
(Friday, February 9th)
Final Score: Orlando 106, San Antonio 104
Orlando, FL (Sports Network)- Hedo Turkoglu hooked up with Dwight Howard on a miraculous alley-oop play with less than a second left to lift Orlando over San Antonio, 106-104, at Amway Arena.
Tony Parker had a chance to win it for the Spurs but his runner was erased by Howard with 0.8 on the clock.
It was almost a foregone conclusion that the game would head to overtime but Howard skyed for Turkoglu's inbounds pass and slammed it in to win it.
"We've been working on that play a lot in practice," said Howard. "And with God's help, we made the play."
Howard was a force and finished with 30 points, eight rebounds, four steals and three blocks for the Magic, who snapped a three-game skid. Jameer Nelson added a game-high 31 points, seven boards and five assists, while Carlos Arroyo had 12 points and seven helpers off the bench.
"We came out a little slow," Howard said. "But we picked it up, played hard as a team and this is the way to win a game when you need to win a game."
Tim Duncan had 24 points and 16 boards for the Spurs, who are now 2-3 on an eight-game road swing. Brent Barry tallied 21 points and Michael Finley contributed 18 off the bench.
"Great game, tough loss for us," said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. "Howard did a great job and it was a good win for Orlando."
The teams entered the fourth quarter deadlocked at 80 and things remained tight as the game headed down the stretch.
Howard tied the game at 89, with 7:41 remaining, by jamming an alley-oop from Nelson. But, the Spurs answered by scoring eight of the game's next 12 points. Finley capped the mini-run by draining a three to give San Antonio a 97-93 edge with 4:35 left.
The Spurs continued to hold on to the lead from there. Manu Ginobili got loose for a layup to make it a 103-97 game with just under two minutes left.
But, a bucket by Arroyo and a three-point play by J.J. Redick drew the Magic to within a point, 103-102, with 46 ticks left.
The Spurs had a chance to extend their lead when Bruce Bowen went to the line with 27.9 seconds on the clock. But, the defensive specialist missed both free throws. Duncan tipped the rebound free and the Magic were forced to foul Parker, who made 1-of-2 to make it a 104-102 game.
With a chance to tie, Orlando went to Nelson and the guard pulled up from 17 feet and stuck the jumper to deadlock things at 104 with just 5.9 seconds on the clock.
The Spurs raced out to a 27-20 lead after the opening 12 minutes and extended their advantage to 11, 59-48, at intermission.
The Magic responded in the third quarter, however, and evened things at 80 heading to the final frame.
The Spurs are 17-9 on the road this season...Orlando is 17-10 at Amway Arena this season...San Antonio will now visit Miami, New Jersey and Detroit to close out its current road trip.
02/09 23:07:58 ET