Yet another impressive road win for the Magic as they beat Spurs
In a tense game that saw 18 ties and 29 lead changes, the Magic held San Antonio scoreless for the final minute of the game as the Spurs missed their final five shots and the Magic, behind 14 three point field goals and with three players over 20 points, withstood 31 points from G Tony Parker and beat the Spurs 105-98.
The Magic led 34-28 after one, then had their largest lead of the game at 40-32 in the second before going into the half with a 55-50 lead. It was 74-72 Magic going into the final quarter, as the Magic increased their lead to 85-79 before the Spurs came back on a 7-0 run to take the lead. It was 97-96 Magic with 2:18 remaining before the Magic scored eight of the final ten points for the final margin of victory, as the Magic (29-8) sweep the season series from the Spurs (24-12).
Magic leading scorers
Dwight Howard: 24 points (9 of 12 field goals), 14 rebounds, 2 blocks
Jameer Nelson: 22 points (7 of 18 field goals), 5 assists
Hedo Turkoglu: 21 points (7 of 12 field goals), 5 assists, 5 rebounds
Rashard Lewis: 15 points (5 of 12 field goals), 5 rebounds
San Antonio leading scorers
Tony Parker: 31 points, (13 of 22 field goals), 6 assists
Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili: 18 points
Overall Game Statistics
FG%: SAS 50.6% (39 of 77) ORL 48.6% (36 of 74)
3 PT FG%: ORL 63.6% (14 of 22) SAS 23.1% (3 of 13)
FT%: SAS 100% (17 of 17) ORL 86.4% (19 of 22)
REB: SAS 38 (6 offensive) ORL 33 (6 offensive)
AST/TO: SAS 23/11 ORL 22/13
BENCH: SAS 30, ORL 18
Other game notes and stats:
-Even though the Spurs made three more field goals than the Magic and shot two percentage points better, the Magic outscored the Spurs 86-81 from the field thanks to the 14 three point field goals to just three for the Spurs
-The Magic shot just 22 of 52 from two point range
-The Magic starting frontline outscored the Spurs' starting frontline 60-32 and outrebounded them 24-20
-The Magic used a nine-man rotation with J.J. Redick leading the reserves with 12 points on 4 of 6 three point field goals; Redick is now 16 for his last 27 on threes
-Battie, Cook, and Foyle did not see action
-The "Big Three" of Parker, Duncan, and Ginobili combined for 67 points on 25 of 49 shooting; the other six Spurs who played scored just 31 points
The Magic stay a half-game ahead of Boston in the East and trail Cleveland by just a half game.
The Magic play the second game of their road trip Tuesday at Sacramento.
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