Duncan Leads Spurs to Fourth Straight Win
San Antonio 110, Orlando 85
ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 5 (Ticker) -- All-Star Tim Duncan made sure that the San Antonio Spurs continued their winning ways.
Duncan collected his 14th double-double of the season with 26 points and 12 rebounds as the Spurs cruised to a 110-85 victory over the Orlando Magic.
"Tim (Duncan) was a monster tonight and was as active as I've seen him all year long," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "It was probably his best game all around. The basketball IQ for the team really goes up when he's on the court."
"Well, it was obviously a game of two halves," said Orlando coach Brian Hill, whose team was outrebounded 28-13 in the second half. "In the second half, I don't know that it was so much our defense as them coming out much more aggressive."
After the Magic tried to rally, Duncan scored on a spinning shot in the lane and drew a foul from Dwight Howard. The superstar completed a three-point play to give the Spurs an 84-73 advantage with 7:09 remaining.
"We know what we have to do to win games," said Spurs guard Tony Parker, who made 7-of-11 shots. "In the second half, we went inside and when Tim gets rolling like that there's nothing you can do. Then we feed off of him. The outside guys get a lot of wide open shots as a result."
San Antonio put the game out of reach with a 21-5 run in the fourth quarter.
Parker had 20 points and seven assists and Robert Horry added a season-high 18 points for the Spurs, who collected 10 blocked shots in improving to 7-2 on the road.
"Robert's (Horry) been playing very well," Popovich said. He's been coming in and out scoring and he really knows how to play basketball."
Jameer Nelson scored 20 points and Howard contributed 13 and 15 rebounds for Orlando, which lost its fourth straight game.
"He's (Howard) a great young player and has worked on his offensive a lot." Popovich said.
"I was making good moves, but at the end of my moves I was rushing my shots," said Howard, who had his 13th double-double of the season. "In the second half, we didn't come out with the energy we needed as a team."
Orlando guard Steve Francis missed his third straight game with a sprained right ankle and sore left shoulder.
"We're missing Grant (Hill) and Steve (Francis) so there's a lot of people missing," said Magic guard DeShawn Stevenson, who scored 15 points. "But we played like we were supposed to in the first half. You can't give a team like that any space."