Trans. Mar 9 6:30 ET (Mar 9 6:30 ET ) The Magic didn’t beat the Spurs in San Antonio, of course, but this was a nice play by Arron Afflalo to end the first half nonetheless. Tim Duncan has a propensity to turn the ball over in situations like this — end of clock, trying to force a pass — and this time it cost…
SAN ANTONIO -- Guard Tony Parker had 30 points and five assists as the San Antonio Spurs stretched their win streak to six with a 121-112 victory over the Orlando Magic on Saturday night. The Spurs had five other players score in double figure, including guards Manu Ginobili with 24, forward Kawhi Leonard with 17, center Tiago Splitter with 14 and guard Danny Green with 12. Forward Tim Duncan had 11 points and 10 rebounds as San Antonio (46-16) moved into a tie with the Oklahoma City Thunder for the best record in the Western Conference. The Spurs, who had a resounding win over the Miami Heat on Thursday night, were in a battle with the Magic throughout the game.
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).
The San Antonio Spurs just handed the two-time defending NBA champions their most lopsided loss of the season, and two more top-flight opponents await in a difficult back-to-back next week. Don't expect the Spurs to overlook the last-place Orlando Magic in between. No team has been better at handling the league's bottom feeders than the Spurs, who look to push their winning streak to six Saturday night as they continue their pursuit of the Western Conference's top seed. San Antonio (45-16) has withstood periodic absences from Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, Kawhi Leonard and Manu Ginobili to again hover near the top of the West, where they're currently just a half-game behind Oklahoma City.
Led by a no-frills coach, the San Antonio Spurs have long stated the regular season means little to them. Yet even normally stoic San Antonio couldn't hide its emotion on the court, and the satisfaction afterward, of toppling the two-time defending champion Miami Heat. Tim Duncan had 23 points and 11 rebounds, and the Spurs never trailed against the Heat, weathering a sluggish third quarter for an intense 111-87 victory Thursday. ''I'm sure this has some special meaning, to say something different would be silly,'' San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said, ''but we expect them to come out hard and play.'' In their first home game against Miami since losing a heart-wrenching, seven-game NBA Finals, the Spurs handed the Heat their worst loss of the season.