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Spurs bounce back to trounce Orlando Magic

AFP and AP, ORLANDO, Florida

San Antonio Spurs power forward Boris Diaw, left, drives to the basket as Orlando Magic power forward Solomon Jones, second right, defends during the second half of their game at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida.

Photo: Reuters

The San Antonio Spurs bounced back from their first National Basketball Association (NBA) defeat in nearly a month with a convincing 109-91 victory over the Orlando Magic on Friday.

With San Antonio’s All-Star point guard Tony Parker resting a sore ankle, Tim Duncan and reserve shooting guard Marco Belinelli led a balanced Spurs attack with 19 points apiece.

Duncan connected on eight-of-13 shots from the floor and added a game-high nine rebounds, while Italy’s Belinelli shot four-of-four from three-point range.

Duncan scored 17 of his 19 points in the first half, when reigning Western Conference champions Spurs took control of the contest with a run of 17 straight points in the second quarter.

Their comfortable cushion allowed the 37-year-old Duncan to sit out much of the second half — a useful rest, with the Spurs scheduled to host the Houston Rockets in San Antonio yesterday.

Cory Joseph started in place of Parker and contributed 13 points for a Spurs team who had suffered just their second defeat of the season on Wednesday at Oklahoma City. That defeat by the Thunder snapped the Spurs’ 11-game winning streak.

The Magic were also without their starting point guard, as Jameer Nelson had a sprained foot.

In his absence, Victor Oladipo delivered 15 points and three blocked shots, while Arron Afflalo led the Magic with 17 points.

In Oklahoma City, Russell Westbrook’s three-pointer with 0.1 seconds left in overtime sent the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 113-112 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Friday. Westbrook scored a season-high 34 points on 10-of-25 shooting

In other play, it was:

‧ Thunder 113, Warriors 112

‧ Rockets 114, Nets 95

‧ Hawks 88, Mavericks 87

‧ Lakers 106, Pistons102

‧ Pacers 93, Wizards 73

‧ Pelicans 121, 76ers 105

‧ Nuggets 97, Knicks 95

‧ Clippers 104, Kings 98, OT

‧ Suns 112, Jazz 101

‧ Bobcats 92, Bucks 76

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