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San Antonio at Orlando

Ginobili, Finley propel Spurs past Magic for fourth win in row

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ORLANDO, Fla. -- The San Antonio Spurs refused to let the Orlando Magic beat them with long-distance shots.

"We made a decision to make them penetrate," Ginobili said. "We were not going to let Rashard (Lewis), Hedo (Turkoglu) and Keith (Bogans) take wide-open shots."

The strategy worked. Manu Ginobili scored 28 points and Michael Finley added 24 as the Spurs beat the Magic 107-97 on Tuesday night for their fourth consecutive win.

Dwight Howard had 24 points and 21 rebounds, his eighth game this season with at least 20 in both categories, but it wasn't enough for Orlando. Lewis added 24, Keyon Dooling 19 and Carlos Arroyo 17.

"We missed some opportunities, missed some layups, turned the ball over on fast breaks," Lewis said. "We played good defense, but we couldn't convert running out."

Turkoglu didn't have too many chances. He left in the second quarter with a sprained right wrist, and fellow starter Jameer Nelson got knocked out of the game with a bruised jaw after apparently running into Howard.

Tim Duncan had 19 points and 15 rebounds for San Antonio, Finley scored 24 points and Tony Parker and Bruce Bowen each added 11 points. Parker also had nine assists.

Orlando led 69-61 in the third quarter, its largest margin of the game, before a six-minute scoring drought. It started after Bogans missed all three free throws following a foul while shooting a 3, and ended with the Spurs ahead 76-69, then their biggest lead.

"We hit a little stretch in the third quarter where we couldn't score," Dooling said. "From that point on, they took control of the game.

Orlando trailed 80-73 entering the fourth quarter, but drew to 87-85 on Lewis' 3. But the Magic scored only two points over the next three minutes -- also from Lewis -- as the Spurs pulled away.

Ginobili scored 13 in the fourth quarter, half of a guard tandem that burned Orlando for at least 20 apiece in its second consecutive loss.

The Spurs, the NBA's second-best team guarding the 3, held the Magic to 7-for-16 shooting behind the arc. Orlando had made at least 10 3-pointers in the past 10 games.

"We kept them under their season average in points," Duncan said. "We know they have a lot of great shooters."

Notes

  • Second-year guard J.J. Redick played nine minutes, getting rare first-half court time because of Orlando's injuries. He had two points on 0-of-5 shooting.
  • Brent Barry wasn't active, a day after re-signing with the Spurs.
  • Orlando is the only NBA team that has never won a season series against the Spurs. San Antonio won the earlier matchup this season 128-110.
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Manu Ginobili goes 10-for-19 from the field and sinks all seven of his freebies for a game-high 28 points.  (AP)
Manu Ginobili goes 10-for-19 from the field and sinks all seven of his freebies for a game-high 28 points. (AP)
Scoreboard
San Antonio (48-23) «28302227107
Orlando (46-27) 2927172497
SA:M. Ginobili 28 Pts
SA:T. Duncan 15 Reb
SA:T. Parker 9 Ast
ORL:R. Lewis 24 Pts
ORL:D. Howard 21 Reb
ORL:M. Evans 7 Ast
Players of the Game
OrlandoSan Antonio

D. Howard

T. Duncan
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
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San Antonio
B. Bowen, SF424-70-021211
M. Finley, SG399-134-431224
T. Duncan, PF357-105-6153419
T. Parker, PG354-133-569011
F. Oberto, C111-10-22142
M. Ginobili, SG3310-197-725228
I. Udoka, SF241-70-04033
J. Vaughn, PG133-31-21017
K. Thomas, PF71-10-00002
M. Bonner, PF10-00-00000
B. Barry, SGDid Not Play
R. Horry, PFDid Not Play
D. Stoudamire, PGDid Not Play
I. Mahinmi, CDid Not Play
Totals 40-7420-26352018107
 54.1%76.9% 
Orlando
R. Lewis, SF427-127-870524
D. Howard, C4210-184-8210624
M. Evans, SF331-50-02733
H. Turkoglu, SF101-40-02112
J. Nelson, PG71-20-00002
K. Dooling, PG347-124-523219
C. Arroyo, PG287-142-232417
K. Bogans, SG251-31-53244
J. Redick, SG90-52-20002
A. Foyle, C60-10-01000
B. Cook, PF40-10-00000
T. Battie, PFDid Not Play
P. Garrity, SFDid Not Play
M. Gortat, PFDid Not Play
J. Augustine, PFDid Not Play
Totals 35-7720-3041152597
 45.5%66.7% 
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