NBA Game Summary - Orlando at San Antonio
(Wednesday, November 21st)
Final Score: San Antonio 128, Orlando 110
San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) - Tony Parker poured in 32 points and handed out nine assists as the San Antonio Spurs pulled away from the Orlando Magic during the final 10 minutes on their way to a 128-110 victory at the AT&T Center.
Tim Duncan had 20 points and 16 rebounds in a matchup with Orlando big man Dwight Howard, while Manu Ginobili finished with 27 points and five assists in his reserve role.
Brent Barry hit five three-pointers on his way to 19 points for the Spurs, who won for the seventh time in their last eight outings and improved to 7-0 at home this season.
Howard was hardly contained by the Spurs defense, scoring 34 points and tearing down 16 boards, but they did limit Orlando's offensive production primarily to its starting five.
"This was a fine fine win against a really good team," Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said. "Tim Duncan was a real horse tonight defensively against a guy that is going to one of the greats in this league and is already really good. Tony Parker was big scoring and assisting other guys and Ginobili brought so much energy. Those three guys really stuck with it for a full 48 minutes. This was probably our best win of the year, without a doubt."
The Magic had a five-game win streak snapped in their sixth game in the past eight days.
Hedo Turkoglu went off for 26 points, while Jameer Nelson had 15 and dished out nine assists. Keith Bogans and Rashard Lewis, the Magic's other two starters, had 12 points apiece, but Orlando allowed San Antonio to shoot 51.6 percent (48-for-93) from the floor, including a blistering 54.2 percent (13- for-24) from three-point range.
The Magic suffered its first road loss of the season, having won its first seven away from home, and will now head home to face Charlotte while welcoming new acquisitions Brian Cook and Maurice Evans from the Lakers.
"We weren't adjusting to the pick and rolls," Nelson said afterward. "They just hit their shots and they executed well and really made us pay with our mistakes. You can't just win basketball games with shooting percentages, they capitalized on our mistakes on defense and they turned it into points."
Orlando led nearly the entire first quarter, holding a 23-15 lead with under five minutes to go before a mini-spurt by the Spurs made it 34-30 heading into the second.
The Spurs immediately scored the first eight of the second quarter to take a 38-34 lead, but the Magic used a 10-0 run to go up 59-53 with 1:49 to go until the half, and 64-59 at the break.
An 8-0 Spurs run early in the frame got them the lead back at 71-70, but Orlando hung around and trailed by just three, 93-90, on its way to the fourth.
But with the Magic trailing just 99-95, Duncan used the glass for a bucket and Finley hit a three, giving the Spurs their largest lead at 107-95 with 7:40 remaining. Parker took over from there, penetrating and either getting to the line for points or finding open shooters, the last of whom, Barry, hit a three with 32 seconds remaining to provide the final count.
Howard has 58 points and 31 rebounds in his last two games...Orlando has lost 14 of its last 16 in San Antonio...Finley finished with 11 points; he shot just 3-for-13 from the floor, with all three makes three-pointers...Parker made 14-of-22 shots from the field, and did not turn the ball over.
11/22 01:15:05 ET