NBA Game Summary - Orlando at San Antonio
(Friday, March 2nd)
Final Score: San Antonio 98, Orlando 74
San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) - Manu Ginobili erupted for 31 points -- 25 of which came in the second half -- to carry the San Antonio Spurs past the Orlando Magic, 98-74, at AT&T Center.
Ginobili was a blistering 6-of-9 from beyond-the-arc and dished out five assists for the Spurs, who have won seven in a row. Tim Duncan posted a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds while Michael Finley dropped in 12 points off the bench.
Hedo Turkoglu was 7-of-8 from the field en route to a 22-point night for Orlando, which has dropped six of its last seven. Jameer Nelson contributed 18 points, seven rebounds and four assists in a losing effort.
The Spurs finished the first quarter on a 9-2 run to go ahead 22-16, and pushed the advantage to 43-33 at intermission.
Orlando made a charge in the third quarter, cutting the deficit to six with 4:35 to play after a pair of free throws by Nelson. Ginobili, though, banged in a pair of threes with time winding down to give him 16 points in the frame and the Spurs a 65-57 lead.
Ginobili wasn't done. He scored nine points in the opening 2:40 of the fourth to head a 13-3 run and push the San Antonio advantage to 78-60.
After converting a three-point play, Ginobili followed a pair of Jacque Vaughn free throws with a long trey to make it 75-59. On the ensuing possession, Ginobili hit a driving layup, was fouled, and drained the ensuing shot from the stripe to complete the surge and bring the home crowd to its feet.
The Spurs cruised the rest of the way, and Ginobili earned an early exit.
Orlando's Grant Hill, who left a loss to Denver on Wednesday with a sore left foot, did not play in this one. Forward Tony Battie, meanwhile, missed his 11th straight game because of a fractured right thumb...The Magic are just 10-20 on the road this season...Orlando has lost 13 of its last 15 at San Antonio.
03/02 22:45:59 ET