SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- With a season-high offensive outburst, the
San Antonio Spurs resembled the team they are chasing in the
Despite the balanced scoring and eight games in their last 13
with at least 100 points, coach Gregg Popovich grumbled.
"We still make mistakes," he said. "I hope to alleviate that.
We'll probably need another season to try to alleviate some of the
mistakes; same as all the other teams."
San Antonio went ahead by as many as 18 late in the third
quarter, but the Magic opened the fourth with a 14-5 spurt,
including six straight by Darrell Armstrong, to cut the lead to
98-89 with 9:30 left. But that was as close as Orlando would get as
San Antonio outscored the Magic 18-11 in the final six minutes.
Tracy McGrady left the game with just under six minutes
remaining, but still led all scorers with 30.
"It's a strain in my side," McGrady said. "It's nothing
related to my back. We're going to get treatment, and if it feels
bad tomorrow, we're definitely going get (an MRI)."
"Any way you want to put it, they just overpowered us," Gooden
Said Kemp: "If you have a good game and you lose, you never
consider that a good game."
Steve Smith sparked a 13-4 run with back-to-back 3-pointers
midway through the second quarter to the Spurs up 55-48 after
Orlando took its only lead of the game, 44-42.
Bowen and Parker then closed out the half with back-to-back 3s,
giving San Antonio its biggest lead of the first half -- 65-56.
Bruce Bowen, third in the league from the 3-point line, was
4-of-7 from beyond the arc. ... Popovich was named Western
Conference coach of the month for March after guiding the Spurs to
league-best 14-3 record, including 6-0 on the road. ... Emanuel
Ginobili was named the Western Conference's rookie of the month
after averaging 10.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists. ...
Duncan was named Western Conference player of the week after
averaging 29.8 points, 11.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.5 blocks as
San Antonio went 4-0.