ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- David Robinson may be shaking out of his
Robinson had a season-high 27 points -- 14 coming in the fourth
quarter and overtime -- with eight rebounds and seven blocked shots
as the San Antonio Spurs stopped a three-game losing streak by
beating the Orlando Magic 105-98 Sunday.
Tim Duncan added 29 points, including a crucial three-point play
in overtime, and 15 rebounds as the Spurs rallied from a four-point
deficit in the final 45 seconds of regulation.
Robinson entered the game averaging 11 points and eight rebounds
as age and nagging injuries have taken their toll. But his
teammates and coach say they've seen a fresher, better center in
"When he gets rolling, everything gets a little bit easier,"
Duncan said. "We didn't play well, but he picked us up and took us
over the top."
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said: "David has been playing better
and better as the season moves along. He seems to be getting into
gear, and that's definitely a big plus for our team."
Tracy McGrady had 26 points and a career-high 17 rebounds for
Orlando. He took a career-high 36 shots, making 12.
Midway through overtime, San Antonio held a two-point lead when
Duncan made a turnaround jumper from the post despite having Reid
draped on his back. His free throw put the Spurs ahead 97-92, and
Robinson's dunk off an offensive rebound at the 1:05 mark sent the
fans heading for the exits.
San Antonio tied it at 90 in regulation on Steve Smith's
3-pointer from the right wing with 8.3 seconds to go.
"When Steve hit that big shot, we all felt a lot better about
ourselves," Robinson said.
Smith, who finished with 13 points, was wide open because of a
double screen -- set by Robinson and Duncan -- through which McGrady
"I'm going to take the blame for that because if I would've
stayed on him, he probably wouldn't have got the shot off,"
McGrady said. "And then once he hit that shot, it was like a
dagger went into our hearts and everyone was hanging their heads."
Although Smith is the NBA's top 3-point shooter, hitting at a 53
percent clip, Magic coach Doc Rivers said he rejected the option of
fouling to put Smith at the free-throw line. But Rivers did admit
"someone fell asleep."
"After the shot was made, the only thing I was disappointed in
was our spirit after they tied the score," Rivers said. "We never
really had any body language that I saw that it looked like we
thought we were going to pull that game out, before overtime or
after overtime. I thought we were passive from that point on."
Armstrong then missed a 12-foot shot at the buzzer that would've
won the game.
The Spurs rallied for the win by eliminating the mistakes that
had dogged them during their losing streak. They committed 19
turnovers, one short of their season high -- but only four after the
third period. And San Antonio closed the game by hitting 12 of 15
free throws after beginning the game 11-for-20 from the line.
"We're getting there," Duncan said. "We need to play that far
for a longer period of time, that's all."
The Magic outscored the Spurs 19-4 over the first 4:26 of the
second half to build an 11-point lead. Mike Miller had eight of his
18 points and McGrady five in the run, which put Orlando ahead
But the Spurs buckled down on defense, holding Orlando scoreless
for more than four minutes, to erase the deficit. Consecutive
3-pointers from Steve Smith and Charles Smith capped off an 18-6
run and gave San Antonio a 66-65 lead late in the third quarter.
The game was the 1,000th in Magic history. Orlando has an
all-time record of 505-495. And when the Spurs play Minnesota on
Monday, that will be the Timberwolves' 1000th game. ... Orlando C/F
Horace Grant missed his third straight game because of food
poisoning. However, he did have a presence in the arena, as the
Magic gave out 3,000 rubber ducks bearing Grant's likeness. Grant
said he would return for the Magic's game against Cleveland on